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1. Posted by aliki.k (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

im gonna be in Lima sometime in the end of June and gonna go to Cusco- Puno-La Paz
whats the best way to travel.. how much would a train fare be??

2. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

Hi, I just did the Cusco- Puno- La Paz trip and back. I can recommend the bus trip down to Puno with a tour company- theyre everywhere and all the same. I really really enjoyed it as they stop off at various places of interest along the way, its comfortable and safe, and you see lots of scenery and people going about their way of life. It cost about $25US I think, not sure as i paid for it with other bookings.
Then i took another bus to La Paz via Copacabana after a few days after doing Lake Titicaca etc from Puno.
Coming back to Cusco, I somehow ended up on a local night bus... not recommended for the faint-hearted but an incredible experience if youre up for it, tho not really a recommendation as its not exactly the safest option. Its very cheap tho.
The train trip to Puno is slower than the bus and doesnt stop off anywhere although could be a good return option if you are going back. It costs about $19US i think for the backpackers and $120US maybe for the first class.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Depending on your time frame, I'd go by bus. Train connections in Andean SA are usually so completely unreliable (and rather uncomfortable, too), that it's hardly ever a feasible alternative to road transportation. The route that you are going to travel is the main backpackers' corridor through southern Peru, and therefore busses will be very easy to figure out.

Niels (Amsterdam)

4. Posted by bryangrey (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

I did La Paz, across Lake Titicaca and the Andean Explorer train to Cusco. The train ride was awesome with beatiful sights. 10 hours and not very much oxygen (14,000 ft above sea level).:)