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1. Posted by hmcv (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, am planning to take a bus from la paz to cusco in the summer...anyone been there, done that? Was wondering around how long it took, how reliable they are and around how much you paid! Ta muchly
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2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Certainly doable; you'd have to travel via Copacabana/Puno, but I reckon there's also a direct connection. You're on one of the heaviest-trodden pieces of beaten track there :)

Cuzco-Copacabana was an overnight journey; Copacabana-LP about 2,5 hours. As to prices, I don't have a clue, all that changed considerably since I was there in 2004.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5655 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

There are buses straight to Cuzco from La Paz. Just walk around the area near plaza san francisco in La Paz to shop at dozens of travel agencies.
I did the La Paz-Puno stretch in about 6 or 7 hours, including a stop and change of buses in Copacobana.
From Puno, it's another 6 or 7 hours or so to Cuzco, although I was unlucky to have kinda local bus (well, after all it was a bit of fun) and it took me 10 hours or so.
I don't remember the prize exactly, but as usual it's cheap.

4. Posted by cat009 (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We did this journey via Copacobana with no problems.
It's quite long so choose a good company and get a comfortable seat.
Sorry can't remember the price.

5. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Oh yes, I did this trip and had one of the most scary and exciting trips of my life! I went on a local bus as the only foreign fair haired female. I was crammed in the drivers cab with 9 others (mostly quechuan women with huge 'dresses') because the rest of the bus was packed full, we had numerous stops along the way - in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night- we ran over a dog, got searched at the border, had an hysterical passenger and nearly went headlong into an oncoming truck. I was terrified for the first hour then resigned myself to my fate and turned it into a story to tell for years to come.
I booked on a tourist bus thru an agency but they stuffed up times/seating etc and put me on a local one instead (and pocketed the price difference). I think it cost about $25US for the tourist bus.
Last year in May, they werent running the direct buses due to some strike so everyone went via Copacobana. Part of the fun of this trip is the speed boat transfer across the river while your bus floats down by barge, late at night, in the dark...
Be prepared when you arrive in Cusco if its late- know where you want to go and check ID of taxi drivers and dont listen to them telling you to go somewhere else. Prices of taxis is up on the wall in the terminal (2-4 sols).
The trip that includes tourist stop-offs along the way and lunch is great- I did it on the way to La Paz from Cusco. Really interesting, lots of markets, museums etc, and the food was very good. It won't be hard to find one that does this trip- I recommend it!