well today my friend and i finally got round to planning our route for south america... so no doubt over the next few weeks i'll be asking lotsa questions
first one for now - we're wanting to do a bit of overland travel and want to bus it to cusco from copacabana. we don't want to stay overnight in puno because we're quite limited to time and want to travel straight there. can this be done?
and does anyone know of the departure times, duration and if it has to be booked in advance ? can we jus arrive at the bus station (?) and get a bus that morning ?
hope you can help
Cusco straight to copacabana, even without changing in Puno, used to be possible; I guess it still is. Has been a while, though (2003).
yes it can be done. We did Cusco to Copacabana direct without an overnight in Puno. You get on a local bus from Copa to Puno, they stop at the border to do all the formalities, then the same bus takes you to Puno where you have to change onto a different (posher) bus to do the final leg to Cusco (they give you a special ticket to give into one of the bus companies there and they re-issue a ticket). The road between Puno and Cusco is winding, so make sure you take some tablets if you get travel sick!
I think the cost all in was around US$15 (although I can't really remember exactly!). There are regular buses and the journey takes around 11 hours at most with the wait in Puno included. We booked a day in advance in Cusco, when you arrive into Copacabana ask around at the agents and see if you can just turn up, we never had any problems booking a day in advance anywhere in South America
Hope this helps
you sure have helped looks like it shouldn't be a problem for us then... yey!
many thanks !!!