Uyuni, Sucre and Potosi by Land

Bolivia is a land of amazing contrasts, where the magnificence of the natural landscapes are only matched by the beauty of its cultural attractions. If you are attracted by the out-of-this-world formations of the Uyuni Salt Flat, you will be a stone-throw away from the amazing cities of Sucre and Potosi, both named Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO due to their rich historical wealth and well-kept colonial architecture. Walking the streets of Sucre and Potosi is like stepping into another time, just as a walk through the Uyuni salt desert is like a stroll on another planet.

If you want to get to know all three destinations, you can go from Sucre to Potosi and from there to Uyuni. We´ll walk you through the routes, time tables and all the information you need to know

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A view of Potosi from the colonial rooftops

Sucre to Potosi by bus

Sucre is the actual Capital of Bolivia, although the seat of government was moved to La Paz in the 18th century. Today, the city is one of Bolivia´s main tourist destinations due to its white walls and red rooftops, the churches and convents of  colonial times and the mild, sunny weather. Sucre is considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities in America.

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Rich Mountain, Potosi

The distance between Sucre and Potosi is 156 kilometers. Both are very important tourist destinations, both colonial cities rich in history. The trip between these cities is around 3 hours through a paved highway. The route is highly popular with both tourists and locals, given that the two cities are connected not only by historical but also by cultural and economic ties.  Departures are available all day, as buses leave once every hour between 06:00 am and 20:00 every day.  In order to travel from Sucre to Potosi, you must take a bus at the main bus Terminal in Sucre, located on Ostria Gutierrez Av. You will be asked to pay a small fee called Uso de Terminal, which costs 2.5 Bs. The buses arrive at the “New” bus station in Potosi, located on Las Banderas Av.

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A view of Sucre from the rooftops

Potosi is an important mining center, famous for its Rich Mountain, which provided the silver for the Spanish Colony for centuries. In fact, it was in Potosi that the silver coins were made for the entire Spanish empire. Today, the city preserves its colonial architecture and tourists can visit the Casa de la Moneda (the colonial coin factory), as well as the mines of the Rich Mountain, which looms over the city. To book your bus tickets online, click on the following link:

https://www.ticketsbolivia.com/travel-by-bus/sucre-potosi.php

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Uyuni Salt Flat, covered by a layer of rain water

Potosi to Uyuni by bus

After spending a few days in Potosi, you can continue the trip on to Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world. Uyuni is located at 204 km from the city of Potosi. The trip takes 3 hours by bus through a paved highway. In order to take a bus to Uyuni from Potosi you must go to Potosi´s “old” bus terminal, Universitaria Av.  The buses leave at 9:30, 16:30 and 17:30 in Semi lie-flat buses. Again, you will have to pay a small fee of 2.5 B.s before boarding the bus. 

Uyuni is the foremost tourist destination in Bolivia, a landscape that will leave you in awe. Formerly a salt-water lake, the Uyuni Salt Flat is a desert of salt in the middle of the Bolivian highlands. Tours include the train cemetery and the blue and red lagoons. Visit https://www.ticketsbolivia.com/travel-by-bus/potosi-uyuni.php to book your bus tickets online and plan your trip.

 

From Santa Cruz to Puerto Quijarro on the “Death Train”; don´t let fear stop you

Sorry to disappoint you, but the train route between Santa Cruz and Puerto Quijarro, on the border with Brazil, is no more dangerous than any other train in Latin america. In fact, no one knows exactly why the “death train” was give its name, but there are plenty of theories: some say it is because of the many people who died from the poor working conditions while laying out the train tracks; others say the locals called it after a yellow-fever epidemic, when the very ill where transported by this train to quarantine; others have heard that when the train stops along the way you can be bitten to death by mosquitoes. Whatever the reason, the name “death train” seems to only be used by backpackers and bloggers who travel through Bolivia. Most Bolivians will give you a funny look if you brag about having survived the “death train”. And if you fear the mosquitoes, just wear long sleeves, right?

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Church in San José de Chiquitos, between Santa Cruz and Puerto Quijarro

Be it because Santa Cruz is one of the most important cities in Bolivia, or because people love trains, or because it is one of the most comfortable and direct ways to travel from Bolivia to Brazil, the trips by train from Santa Cruz to Puerto Quijarro are very very popular. Another reason to make this trip by train is because you can stop over in San José de Chiquitos, a jewel of the Jesuit Missions, with lush landscapes and amazing churches made of wood. This town is the home of one of the most important Barroque Music Festivals in the world, and the sight of hundreds of children playing violins and singing barroque music is breathtaking. If you are interested in staying in Chiquitos, just visit www.ticketsbolivia.com/train-tickets/ferroviaria-oriental.php and by your train tickets in two different segments, first from Santa Cruz to San José and then fro San José to Puerto Quijarro.

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra, thriving industrial city

Santa Cruz to Puerto Quijarro by train

Puerto Quijarro is a city with a population of 16,000 on the border with Brazil, and also an inland river port on the Tamengo Canal. It is Bolivia’s only waterway which leads to the ocean. It lies at 100 m above sea level and has a jungle vegetation, as it is nearby to the Pantanal region in Brazil. The city lies at 604 km from Santa Cruz. The length of the trip depends on the train you decide to take, as Expresso Oriental is a bit slower (and cheaper), while Ferrobus is a bit faster and more expensive.

The train Expreso Oriental travels from Santa Cruz to the border with Brazil on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 14.50, costs Bs 70 per person and takes 15hrs to arrive in Puerto Quijarro. You need to take the train from the Train Station, located on Montero Av., and they arrive at the train station located on Colón Av. From there, a cab trip to the border is 5 minutes and about as many Bolivianos. The train has services such as air conditioning, TV, toilets and a dinning carrige where you can have a meal (not included).

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Train Station, Puerto Quijarro

The other train service is Ferrobus, which is a much smaller train (only two carriges in total). This train runs from Santa Cruz on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays at 18.00, costs Bs 235 per person and takes 10hrs. This train leaves rom and arrives at the same Train Stations. Ferrobus doesn’t stop as often, which means you reach your destination faster. You have an assigned seat and waitress service – serving meals to your seat. The meals are included on this train, unlike the Expreso Oriental. It also has air conditioning, TV and toilets.  

During high-season months between July and September and December through February, the demand for ticket is very high. If you want to plan ahead and ensure you get a seat on the train, you can book online through www.ticketsbolivia.com.

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Welcome to Puerto Quijarro

Again, from the bus terminal in Puerto Quijarro you can take a cab to the border, which opens at 7:30. Once you have cleared migration paperwork on both sides of the border, you can take another cab to Corumbá, which is 10 minutes away by car, to continue your trip in the lush amazon lowlands of Brazil.

 

Lake Titicaca: wet your feet in the sacred lake of the Incas

Lake Titicaca is the largest, deepest, highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 meters (12,507 ft), a surface of 3,200 square miles and up to 1,000 feet in depthThe lake lies on the border between Bolivia and Peru and is the ancient birthplace of the Inca culture. Several of it´s 41 islands are sacred, and tourists can visit them from either Puno, in Peru, or from Copacabana, in Bolivia.

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view of the Andes mountain range and Lake Titicaca

Due to its location right on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is a crossing point for many tourists who travel between Cuzco and Uyuni, be it through Puno or through Copacabana. Tourists traveling between Peru and Bolivia often just pass by or spend just a few hours on the shores of the lake. We think this amazing body of water merits you staying just a little longer in order to take in all the cultural, natural and historical attractions it has to offer.

The legend

The Incan sun God, Viracocha, rose up from the centre of the world, Lake Titicaca, and from there He created the moon and the stars. Then he went to Tiwanaku to create the first human beings, Mallku Kapac and Mama Ocllo, who populated the world. Lake Titicaca is, then, the cradle of the Incan empire. The spot in which Viracocha was born is Isla del Sol, or Islad of the Sun, the largest island on the lake and a place of unkanny energy and beauty.

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Puerta del Sol, Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku is a ruined ancient city near Lake Titicaca in western Bolivia, just two hours away from Copacabana by bus. Dominating the ruins, once the seat of the pre-Columbian Tiwanaku culture, are the Akapana pyramid, the place of worship of the “world of above”, and a semi-subterranean temple with carved images of human heads, the place of worship of the “nether world”. Nearby Kalasasaya is an open temple with stone monoliths and the huge Puerta del Sol, or Gate of the Sun. On the 21st of June, the celebration of the Aymara new year brings hundreds of people to watch the sun raise in the arch after the longest night of the year. The Museo del Sitio de Tiwanaku displays artifacts excavated from the site. The Tiwanaku culture pre-dates the Inca empire, and it was filled with scientists and astronomers. It is said that the Tiwanaku empire spread all the way to the pacific ocean.

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A view from the Island of the Sun

The Island of the sun

A one-hour boat ride from Copacabana, Isla del Sol has ruins of ancient temples, coupled with breathtaking sights of the Andes and the crisp blue waters of the sacred lake. The largest of all the lake islands (but still only 5.5 by 3.75 miles in size), Isla del Sol was considered the home of the supreme Inca god Inti.

There are many attractions on the island. On the north end, is the town of Challapampa, home to the fascinating Chinkana (labyrinth). A huge stone complex full of mazes, it is thought be a training center for Inca priests. About 270 feet from Chinaka on the path back to the town of Challapampa is a sacred rock carved in the shape of a puma. Further along the path toward Challapampa are two very large footprints. These are said to have been created when the sun dropped down to earth to give birth to Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the “Adam and Eve” of the Incas. The island has a few hotels, some of them ecologic, which allow you to stay on the island as long as you want. 

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The floating islands of the Urus

The Urus floating Islands

If you visit the lake from the Peruvian side, in Puno, you can go to the Islas flotantes de los Urus, man-made islands of a species of reeds called Totora. They are home to the descendents of the ancient Urus culture, which lived during the time of the Incas, and still live a simple, traditional life. Their religion is a mixture of traditional Indian, distinct from the more mainstream Quechua and Aymara cultures, and Catholic, and they bury their dead on the mainland.

From Copacabana to Cuzco

If you are traveling to Cuzco from Bolivia, you can choose to pass through Copacabana and spend a few days exploring the Lake and all its wonders. Buses leave from La Paz to Copacabana at 8:00 and 13:30 from the Bus Terminal located on Uruguay Av., on the corner with Peru Av. The bus trip takes around 4 hours and you will cross the Tiquina Straight by boat. The cost of the ferry is less than a dollar and is not included in the cost of the bus.

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Copacabana bay on the shore of Lake Titicaca

From Copacabana and after you have explored the lake and its surroundings to your heart´s content, you can either take a direct bus to Cuzco or travel to Puno first. Buses leave from Copacabana to Cuzco at 9:00, 13:30 and 18:00. The trip takes 9 hours and the buses cross the border at Colchane.

If you want to go to Puno first, the buses leave at 9:00, 13:30 and 18:00, and the trip takes three hours. You can also stay in Puno a few days to explore the floating islands of the Urus, and then go on to Cuzco. The bus trip from Puno to Cuzco takes around 7 hours and the buses leave at 9:00, 21:00 and 22:00.  You can visit www.ticketsbolivia.com to plan your trip and book your tickets to and from Puno and Copacabana online.

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Lake Titicaca seen from the Peruvian side, in Puno

From Cuzco to Copacabana and Uyuni

If you are traveling from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca and/or the Uyuni Salt Flats, we got you covered. You can take a bus from Cuzco to Puno or Copacabana, from Copacabana a bus to La Paz and from there another bus to Uyuni.

Buses leave from Cuzco to Copacabana every day at 22:30 and arrive around 11 hours later, at 9:00 am. The buses depart from the bus terminal in Cuzco, located on Avenida de Evitamiento. In Copacabana you can take a few days to enjoy the town, eat the best fresh-water trout on earth, and make a day trip to Isla del Sol. If you want to continue your trip to La Paz and Uyuni, take a bus to La Paz (they leave at 13:30 and 18:30). Again, you will be crossing the Tiquina Straight by ferry, the cost of which is very low and not included in the price of the bus. Once you arrive in La Paz, you can plan to visit the city or take a bus to Uyuni. The bus from La Paz to Uyuni leaves from that same bus terminal every day at 20:00. Visit www.ticketsbolivia.com to book your tickets, or contact us by email if you need further info. Have a good trip!

Travel to Cuzco from Bolivia or Argentina: all you need to know

Cuzco is one of the most important tourist destinations in South America. As such, it attracts travelers from every country. Planning ahead is important if you want to travel to Cuzco by land during high season months of July/August, and December/January. If you are planning on traveling to Cuzco from Bolivia or Argentina, we have put together all the information you will need in order to plan your trip.

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Ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru

From Bolivia

Travel from La Paz to Cuzco: If you are starting your trip in La Paz, you´re in luck: you can decide if you want to take a direct bus from La Paz to Cuzco, or if you want to break up your trip to spend a few days in Copacabana and Puno in order to visit Lake Titicaca, the sacred lake of the Incas. 

The bus from La Paz to Cuzco takes about 12 hours, covering a distance of 640 km. For traveling to Cuzco you have two alternatives: going through Desaguadero, the border between Bolivia and Peru, or passing by the Copacabana-Kasani tourist area. The buses leave every day at 7:30 and 16:30 from the Bus Terminal of La Paz, located on Uruguay Av. Before boarding the bus you need to pay a small fee of 2.5 Bolivianos, called Uso de Terminal. In Cuzco, the buses arrive at the bus terminal on Avenida de Evitamiento.

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View of La Paz, Bolivia

From Cochabamba to Cuzco: In order to travel from Cochabamba to Cuzco by bus, you have to divide your trip in several segments, as there are no direct buses for this route. The most efficient way to do it is to travel first from Cochabamba to La Paz, and then from La Paz to Cuzco. The trip from Cochabamba to La Paz takes around 8 hours, covering a distance of 378 km and crossing the valleys and Altiplano region of Bolivia. La Paz lies at an altitude of 3,600 m above sea level. The buses depart from Cochabamba at the Bus Terminal, located on Ayacucho Av. Before departure you will have to pay a small fee (around 50 Cents of a dollar) for the Terminal´s maintenance. In La Paz, the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal on Uruguay Avenue, in the city´s center. 

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Cathedral in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Traveling from Santa Cruz to Cuzco: Santa Cruz is the most important city in the south of Bolivia, and it is key as a connection to Brazil and Argentina, due to its location. In order to travel from Santa Cruz to Cuzco by bus, you need to divide your trip in at least two segments, as there are no direct trips available. The most efficient way is to travel first from Santa Cruz to La Paz and from there to Cuzco, because the quality of the buses is better, as well as the conditions of the roads. The trip from Santa Cruz to La Paz takes around 17 hours, covering a distance of 851 km. The buses leave from the Bimodal Bus Terminal in Santa Cruz, located on Montes Av. The buses leave every day between 14:00 and 20:00, almost every hour, so you have many options. 

Before boarding the bus, you need to  pay a small fee of 2.5 Bolivianos, called Uso de Terminal. After crossing the low-lands of Santa Cruz, the valleys of Cochabamba and climbing to the highlands of the Altiplano region, the buses arrive in La Paz at the bus terminal on Uruguay Av. You can take your bus to Cuzco from the same bus terminal, as explained above.

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A view of the rooftops in Sucre, Bolivia

From Sucre to Cuzco: Sucre is the capital city of Bolivia, one of the jewels of our country due to its amazing colonial architecture. In order to travel from Sucre to Cuzco by bus, you need to, again, reach La Paz first, as there are no direct trips available. The distance between Sucre and La Paz is 694 km, and the bus trip takes around 12 hours. To travel by bus from Sucre to La Paz you have to go to the bus station at Ostria Gutierrez Avenue. Before boarding the bus you have to buy the “uso terminal” which is a fee charged by the Terminal. It costs 2.5 Bolivianos. The buses leave every day between 19:00 and 20:00, arriving in La Paz the next morning, at the Bus Terminal located on Uruguay Av. 

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Landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia

Uyuni-Cuzco: Uyuni has become one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the region, and many travelers are keen on visiting Uyuni and Cuzco when they travel around South America.  Again, you should travel to La Paz first, and then to Cuzco as explained above. Between Uyuni and La Paz there is a  distance of around 731 km, and the trip takes around 11 hours. You can travel from Uyuni to La Paz by direct bus, or by bus and train. All buses depart from Uyuni at night, from Cabrera Av., arriving in La Paz early in the morning at the Bus Terminal located on Uruguay Av. 

In order to make the trip by bus and train, you should take the train from Uyuni to Oruro and then continue by bus to La Paz. The train companies offering this service are:
*Expreso del Sur: Uyuni-Oruro (Wednesday and Saturday)
*Wara Wara del Sur: Uyuni-Oruro (Monday and Thursday)

Buses depart from Oruro to La Paz every day, every half hour. The trip lasts only four hours and the buses leave from the main Bus Terminal, located on Gregorio Reynolds Av. You can plan your trip by visiting http://www.ticketsbolivia.com to compare bus companies and prices and book online to avoid hassles and secure your tickets during high season.

From Argentina

Travel from Buenos Aires to Cuzco: If you want the most direct trip from Buenos Aires to Cuzco by bus, again you must divide the trip in several segments because there are no companies offering the direct route. In this case, you should travel from Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz first, and from there to La Paz, as explained above. The trip from Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz by bus covers a distance of 2362 km and takes around 36 hours. This can vary depending on the time of year, since during tourist months there can be a lot of traffic at the border. The trip crosses the Bolivian tropics and the valleys of Argentina. Buses depart every day from the Bus Station Retiro, in Buenos Aires, located on Libertador Av, and arrive at the Bus Station in Santa Cruz, located on Montes Avenue.

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From Villazon to Cuzco: Another way to make a pretty direct trip from Argentina to Cuzco ys crossing the border through Villazon, and from there to La Paz by bus, or by train and bus. You can even pass by Uyuni, first, for a very complete tourist experience. The trip from Villazon to La Paz lasts around 18 hours, taking you on a journey across most of Bolivia in the west and crossing the Altiplano and valleys of Bolivia through a paved road. The distance between the cities is of 1,331 km. Along the way, the bus will stop several times for passengers to buy food and stretch their legs. In order to take a bus from Villazon to La Paz, you must go to the bus terminal in Villazon, located on La Paz Av. Before boarding the bus, you will have to pay a small fee called “uso de terminal”, which costs around 2 Bolivianos. The trip ends with the arrival of the bus at the Main Bus Terminal of La Paz, on Uruguay Av.

If you prefer to reach La Paz by a combination of train and bus, you must take a train to Oruro, first, and then a bus to La Paz. Oruro is located at a distance of 655 km from Villazon. The train trip takes around 13 hours, departing at night and arriving in Oruro early in the morning. The trains leave from Villazón at the Train Station, located on Antofagasta Av.  The companies offering this service are Wara Wara del Sur and Expreso del Sur with executive and salon class service. Wara Wara del Sur leaves for Oruro on Mondays and Thursdays, and Expreso del Sur leaves on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Once in Oruro, take a cab to the bus station located on Gregorio Reynolds Av., and take a bus to La Paz. From there, the trip to Cuzco is direct and you can use the information above. For more information, visit http://www.ticketsbolivia.com

 

Traveling to Uyuni From Argentina, Chile and Peru: all your questions, answered

The Uyuni salt flat is unquestionably the most important tourist destination in Bolivia, and in recent years it has become one of the favorites for tourists traveling within South America from all over the world. As you might expect, there are many ways to travel to Uyuni by bus or train from Argentina, Peru and Chile, and in this post we want to detail all your options, no matter which country you will be coming from.

There are no international buses or trains that can take you to Uyuni directly from any of these countries, so you will have to break up your trip in at least two segments: from wherever you are to La Paz or to Oruro, and from either of those cities to Uyuni by direct bus or train. So, let´s begin.

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Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia

From  Peru

If you’re traveling to Uyuni from Peru, you will need to get to the Bolivian city of La Paz, first. There are many options for making this trip by bus. You can travel from Cuzco, from Puno or from Arequipa.

Cuzco – La Paz: If you want to take a bus from Cuzco to La Paz, there are many dependable and comfortable bus companies that offer their services for this route. The buses leave every day at 22:00 or 22:30, arriving in La Paz the next day between 13:00 and 15:00, depending on the bus company and on whether they go through Desaguadero (a more direct route) or if they go through Copacabana, a more touristy route, with a stop on the shores of Lake Titicaca. All buses depart from the Cuzco Bus Terminal, located at the following address:

https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_cusco.php

Puno – La Paz: To travel from Puno to La Paz by bus, you must board at the Puno bus Terminal, located on this address: 

https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_puno.php

The trip takes around 6 hours, and buses depart at 07:00 and at 13:30. The morning bus takes you directly to La Paz, crossing the border in Desaguadero, while the afternoon bus takes you through Copacabana, where there is a change of buses and migration is done in Kasani. All buses arrive in La Paz a the bus station located on the following address:

https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_la_paz.php

Arequipa – La Paz: If you are coming from Arequipa, you will need to take a bus to Puno first, and then from Puno to La Paz according to the information above. There is a distance of 292 km between Puno and Arequipa. Puno, located on the shores of lake Titicaca, is the third most visited city in Peru. Buses leave from the bus station in Arequipa, located on Jacinto Ibañez St. Before you board the bus you have to buy the “Tami”, a small fee charged by the terminal. The trip takes 6 hours.  

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View of La Paz, Bolivia

From La Paz to Uyuni by bus: Whether you come from Puno, Cuzco or Arequipa, your next step on your way to Uyuni can be taken in either of two ways: you can take a direct bus to Uyuni, or you can take a bus to Oruro first, and then from Oruro reach Uyuni by train. We will visit the first option, first.

There are many bus companies that offer direct services to travel from from La Paz to Uyuni. Tickets Bolivia works with Panasur and Trans Omar. All the buses leave at 20:00 from the Bus Terminal of La Paz (map above) and arrive in Uyuni between 06:00 and 8:00. Before boarding the bus, you must pay a small fee of 2.5 Bolivianos per person, called the Uso de Terminal. Trans Omar has a semi lie -flat bus (seats recline 160 degrees) that leaves from La Paz to Uyuni every day at 20:00, arriving in Uyuni at 06:00 the next day. The service does not include meals, but the bus stops along the road so passengers can buy food and drink. Trans Omar also has a lie-flat bus (seats recline to 170 degrees) departing at the same time every day and arriving in Uyuni at 7:00 the next day.

Panasur has a bus from La Paz to Uyuni (lie-flat) that departs at 20:00 and arrives in Uyuni at 8:00 the next day. All buses depart from the bus terminal of La Paz, located at the following address:https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_la_paz.php

The buses arrive in Uyuni at a bus stop located at the following address:https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_uyuni.php

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From Oruro to Uyuni by Train: What is it about trains? With this option, the passenger travels from La Paz to Oruro by bus and then from Oruro to Uyuni by train. This allows you to enjoy train traveling through the Bolivian Altiplano, in an of itself an unforgettable experience. Buses from La Paz to Oruro depart every 30 minutes practically all day from the La Paz bus terminal (see map above). The trip takes 3 hours and you arrive in Oruro at the Bus terminal located at the following address:https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_oruro.php

Once in Oruro, you must take a cab to the Train Station, located on Av. Velasco Galvarro on the corner of Aldana St. The trains that travel from Oruro to Uyuni are Wara Wara del Sur and Expreso del Sur. Wara Wara del Sur leaves Wednesdays and Sundays at 19:00, and arrives in Uyuni at 02:20 in the morning. Expreso del Sur leaves on Tuesdays and Fridays at 14:00, arriving in Uyuni at 21:20. You can book your tickets online not by visiting www.ticketsbolivia.com

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Laguna Colorada, Uyuni. (Daniel Kordan)

From Chile

If you are traveling to Uyuni from Chile, you can do so easily if you are coming from Calama, Antofagasta, Arica or Iquique. As in the case of passengers from Peru, you will first need to get either to Oruro or to La Paz, and from there you can continue your trip to Uyuni.

Antofagasta-Oruro: Antofagasta is located at 884 KM from the Bolivian city of Oruro, and the trip to La Paz by bus takes around 24 hours, including a few hours in Oruro, where you will change buses and bus companies. The buses leave from the Bus Terminal of Antofagasta, located on Paraguay Av. #846. The bus trip takes travelers across the desert of north Chile and the Bolivian Altiplano, guarded by the Andes Mountain Range, where temperatures can reach below zero in winter. The buses that make this trip are semicama, which means the seats recline to 140 degrees, and leave at 20:00, reaching Oruro at 13:00. From Oruro, you can take the train on to Uyuni, as explained above.

Arica-La Paz: The bus trip from Arica to La Paz takes around 7 hours, and buses depart every day at 07:00 am, reaching La Paz in the afternoon. You cross the border at Tambo Quemado, where you have to do migration and customs paperwork, which can take between one and two hours, depending on the time of year. The bus will be waiting for you on the Chilean side to continue the journey, non-stop to Arica. To travel by bus from Arica to La Paz you have to take the bus from the Bus Station, located on Diego Portales Av. # 948. See the map by following this link:

https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_arica.php

Once you reach La Paz, just follow the instructions above to either go on by direct bus to Uyuni, or by bus and train through Oruro.

Iquique – La Paz:The city of La Paz is located at 680 km from the port city of Iquique, in Chile. The trip from Iquique to La Paz takes around 18 hours. The buses leave from Iquique´s bus Terminal on Esmeralda Av, and stops in Tambo Quemado, border between Bolivia and Chile, so passengers can clear migration and customs. From there on, the bus crosses the bolivian Altiplano and will finally arrive at the main bus terminal of La Paz on Uruguay Av. Once in La Paz, just follow the instructions above to go to Uyuni either by direct bus or by train, through Oruro.

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From Argentina

Villazon to Uyuni: For travelers coming from Argentina, the most popular and direct way to get to Uyuni is to travel by train from Villazon, the Bolivian border town just across the city of La Quiaca, in Argentina. This means that, wherever you are in Argentina, you should take a bus to La Quiaca, first, then cross the border to Villazón and take the train. In order to make this trip by train, the options are the two train companies: Expreso del Sur and Wara Wara del Sur. Their schedules are as follows:

Expreso del Sur: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 15:30. The train makes a stop in Tupiza.

Wara Wara del Sur: Mondays and Thursdays at 15:30 The train makes a stop in Tupiza.

There is little information online regarding direct buses from Villazón to Uyuni. Nevertheless, one option is to travel to Uyuni by bus through Sucre. The bus company 6 de Octubre travels from Villazon to Sucre at 18:00, and arrives at 04:00 am. The buses from Sucre to Uyuni leave at 9:30 and 20:30.

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Cuzco to Puno by bus; a travesy through the lands of the Incas

One of the most popular routes for tourists that travel around Latin America is the trip from Cuzco to Puno by bus. This trip by land takes you across 386 km that separate two of the most important cities of Peru in around 7 hours. Read on to get all the information you need to plan your trip.

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Machu Pichu, Peru

The city of Cuzco is one of the most popular with tourists from all over the world, not only due to the colonial architecture and the Inca ruins nearby, but because it is the gateway to the legendary city of Machu Pichu, the capital of the Inca empire.

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Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru

Due to high demand from tourists from all around the world, there are many bus companies that offer this route, especially during high season (December-January and June-August). If you want to plan your trip right away, visit www.ticketsbolivia.com to book your tickets. The table below shows the times of departure, the different bus companies and prices available for this trip.

                    Buses from Cuzco to Puno

from Cusco to Puno bus

The “lie-flat” seats recline to 170 degrees, while “semi lie-flat” seats recline to 140 degrees. All buses have air conditioning and bathroom and they stop along the way for passengers to get a meal and rest from the trip. The buses traveling to Puno depart from Cuzco at the Bus Terminal, located on Via de Evitamento Avenue. See map below:

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Puno, on the other hand, is a city with an important cultural and natural heritage, such as the floating islands of the Urus, on the Titicaca lake, one of the most important tourist attractions of the surroundings. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and it attracts thousands of tourists both on the Bolivian and Peruvian shores. The city of Puno is also an important passage point between Bolivia and Peru, and tourists traveling between the two countries are bound to pass through on the way to or from Copacabana or La Paz. Buses arrive in Puno at the Bus Terminal, located on Primero de Mayo St.  (See map below).

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From Antofagasta to La Paz by land; all you need to know

Antofagasta is a port city, the second largest city in Chile. With a thriving mining industry and an important shopping culture, this city offers tourists modern infrastructure and striking seashore vistas. Trips between Antofagasta and La Paz are often made by people on business, but also by tourists exploring the north of Chile, on their way to Santiago de Atacama and Uyuni,in Bolivia. Read on to find out all you need to know in order to make this trip by land.

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Antofagasta, Chile

Antofagasta is located at 884 KM from the Bolivian city of Oruro, and the trip to La Paz by bus takes around 24 hours, including a few hours in Oruro, where you will change buses and bus companies. The buses leave from the Bus Terminal of Antofagasta, located on Paraguay Av. #846. The bus trip takes travelers across the desert of north Chile and the Bolivian Altiplano, guarded by the Andes Mountain Range, where temperatures can reach below zero in winter.  The buses that make this trip are semicama, which means the seats recline to 140 degrees. Please see the tables below to check out the different options regarding bus companies and schedules.

Antofagasta to La Paz:

Antofagasta a La Paz

La Paz to Antofagasta:

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The buses arrive in Oruro at the Bus Terminal, located on Gregorio Reynolds Street. In La Paz, the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal of La Paz, located between Peru and Uruguay Av. See the map below:

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La Paz is the most important city of the Andes, a thriving metropolis that has been gaining a reputation among tourists for its outrageous landscapes and buzzing activity. One of its main attractions is the Cable Car ride, or Teleferico, which in La Paz is a form of public transportation that takes you floating across the city from end to end. If you want the convenience of buying tickets online, go to http://www.ticketsbolivia.com

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Cable cars in La Paz, Bolivia

We hope you have a nice trip!

La Paz to Arica and back: travel by land from the mountains the sea

Travel between Arica and La Paz is very common, as locals of both cities love the change of airs from the mountains and buzzing activity of La Paz, the Bolivian capital, to the quieter salty airs of the Chilean city of Arica on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

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Cable Car, La Paz, Bolivia

Arica is a port and coastal city 488 km from La Paz, and the 8-hour journey by bus takes you through amazing landscapes of the Bolivian Altiplano, near the Andes mountain range, through deserts and valleys until you reach Arica. The Chilean city offers beautiful beaches, amazing seafood and shopping experiences of all kinds and tailored to all pockets. Travelers descend around 3,900 meters, from the highest point at the border to sea level in Arica.

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Laucho Beach, Arica, Chile

Buses to Arica depart from the Bus Station in La Paz, located on Peru Av. (see map in the link below).

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You cross the border at Tambo Quemado, where you have to do migration and customs paperwork, which can take between one and two hours, depending on the time of year. The bus will be waiting for you on the Chilean side to continue the journey, non-stop to Arica. See the table below for information about bus companies, times of departure and prices. Hours of arrival and departure are in local time.

 

La Paz to Arica

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To travel by bus from Arica to La Paz you have to take the bus from the Bus Station, located on Diego Portales Av. # 948. (see map below).

https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_arica.php

The journey takes 8 hours through Panamericana road, passing little towns like Valle de Luta, Pukara de Copaquilla and the famous Atacama desert to finally arrive at the border Chungurá-Tambo Quemado between Chile and Bolivia. The bus will stop at this border to do migration and customs, and then will continue along the Bolivian highlands through breathtaking landscapes, including the Sajama mountain. See the table below for more information.

Arica to La Paz

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From Puno to Copacabana by bus; everything you need to know

This time of year, tourists flood the routes that take you from La Paz  to Copacabana and from there to Puno and Cuzco, back and forth. Trips between the cities of Puno and Copacabana are very common and there are many options for making this trip by land. Read on to get all the tips to make the most of this route, and of your stay in both or either of these cities, which are tourist attractions of their own.

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Island of the Sun, copacabana

Puno is the highest city in Peru, at around 4000 meters above sea level. This important city is by lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world on the skirts of the Andes mountain range. In Puno you can take a boat trip to the Uru´s floating islands, visit the colonial architecture, such as the Cathedral.  The trip to Copacabana takes around 4 hours and offers impressive sights of the lake.

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Lake Titicaca, Puno

On the other hand (and on the other shore of Lake Titicaca) Copacabana is a beautiful town with colonial architecture and many cultural and natural tourist attractions. Copacabana offers boat trips, the best trout in the region in its restaurants on the shore, and tours to the islands of the Sun and Moon, where legend says the Incan Empire was founded.

Check out the following chart to see the different options for traveling between these two cities. You will notice there are no night trips available. This is because the border closes at around 19:00:

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In order to take the bus from Puno to Copacabana, the traveler has to go to the bus terminal of Puno, which is located on Simon Bolivar Avenue (see map below). Before boarding the bus every passenger has to pay a terminal tax (Tami) that has a cost of around 0.4 $us and is not included in the bus ticket.

terminal de puno

To get instant electronic ticket for this route, click on this link:  https://ticketsbolivia.com/travel-by-bus/puno-copacabana.php

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Copacabana, Bolivia foto: worldynomads.com

Please take into consideration that some buses make several short stops along the way, picking up passengers and sometimes women from local communities who make a living by selling food and beverages on the buses. Since these stops are not in the official itinerary, they may be upsetting for tourists.

There is no proper bus terminal in Copacabana, as it is a very small town, but buses stop at Abaroa Square. Here is the map:

terminal terrestre de copacabana
If you are interested in spending a day or two in Copacabana before continuing your trip,  one of the most popular things to do is visit the Island of the Sun. The boats leave from the dock and cross the lake for about an hour and a half. On the island you will be able to see Incan ruins and experience the peace and energy of one of the most sacred places of the Incan empire. The boats back to Copacabana leave at 16:30 pm, reaching Copacabana at around 18pm.

If you want to plan ahead, remember to book your tickets through www.ticketsbolivia.com Have a nice trip!

Traveling from La Paz to Uyuni by land

If you’re traveling through Latin America, you surely do not want to miss these two destinations: Uyuni, the largest salt desert on Earth, an otherworldly landscape; on the other hand, La Paz is the highest capital in the world, recently named one of the 7 Wonder cities of the world due to its unusual topography and rich cultural life. There are two ways to travel from La Paz to Uyuni: making a direct trip by bus, or by going by bu from La Paz to Oruro, and then from Oruro to Uyuni by train.

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Uyuni Salt Flat

By bus from La Paz to Uyuni

There are many bus company that can make the direct trip from La Paz to Uyuni. Tickets Bolivia works with Panasur and Trans Omar, trustworthy and reliable companies that offer clients good quality services. Their schedules are the following:

Trans Omar has semi lie-flat buses (seats recline to 140 degrees), departing from La Paz every day at 20:00 and arriving in Uyuni at 06:00 in the morning. The service does not include food on board, but the bus makes rest stops along the way so passengers can buy a snack. Trans Omar also has a lie-flat bus (with seats that recline to 160 degrees) departing also at 20:00 and arriving in Uyuni at 7:00. The lie-flat bus costs 21.90 US$ per person, and the semi lie-flat costs 14.60 US$ per person.

On the other hand, the bus company Panasur has a bus from La Paz to Uyuni (lie flat) that departs everyday at 20:00 and arrives in Uyuni at 8:00. This one costs 23.36 US$

All the buses leave from the Bus Terminal of La Paz, located between Perú Av. and Uruguay Av. This is the map: https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_la_paz.php

Uyuni has no proper bus terminal, but it has a street where buses depart from and arrive at. Here is the map and street address:  https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_uyuni.php

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La Paz, Bolivia. Photo: Tommy Sdenek Aliaga Solares

From La Paz to Uyuni by bus and train

With this option, passengers travel from La Paz to Oruro by bus (the cost is around 5 US$) and then they take the train to Uyuni. This option allows the traveler to enjoy the trip by train, which in and of itself an unforgettable experience. Buses depart from La Paz to Oruro practically all day, every 30 minutes, from the Bus Terminal of La Paz (see map above). The trip lasts around three hours and the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal of Oruro, located on Gregorio Reynolds Av. Here is the map: https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_oruro.php

Once you in Oruro, the passenger must take a taxi to the Train Station, located on Velasco Galvarro Av.

The trains that travel from Oruro to Uyuni are Wara Wara del Sur and Expreso del Sur. Wara Wara del Sur leaves on Wednesdays and Sundays at 19:00, arriving in Uyuni at 02:20 in the morning. Expreso del Sur leaves on Tuesdays and Fridays at 14:00, arriving in Uyuni at 21:20.

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Photo: Daniel Kordan. Laguna Colorada, Uyuni

We hope the information is useful. You can buy tickets online and with plenty of time beforehand in order to plan your trip at http://www.ticketsbolivia.com. If you have any doubts, please contact us at info@ticketsbolivia.com