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

The trip by land from La Paz to Cuzco is one of the most popular among tourists from all over the world who come to Latin America, especially in he months between June and August. There are many ways to make the trip; you can take a direct bus between the two cities, or with stops in the towns of Copacabana (Bolivia) and Puno (Peru), popular tourist destinations of their own merit.

machu-picchu
Machu Pichu, Perú

The direct trip lasts between 12 and 15 hours, depending on the bus company and the time of departure, while the trip with scales can vary according to the traveler´s needs.

You can compare prices and companies, and buy online through Tickets Bolivia.

We know that planning such a long a trip by land can be overwhelming, so we have put together all the information you might need in order to plan and enjoy your trip to the fullest. After all, the trip itself is just as important as the destination!

Direct trip from La Paz to Cuzco

Several companies offer the direct service from La Paz to Cuzco by bus. There are two possible routes: the one that passes by Puno for a short stop and crosses the border in Desaguadero for migration, and the one that goes through Copacabana and Puno, crossing the border in Yunguyo or Kasani.

The migration paperwork is is simple: you just need to show your ID at the migration office, and depending on your nationality there might be a fee to pay for the visa.

La Paz teleferico
La Paz, Bolivia

The buses leave from the Bus Terminal of La Paz, located on Peru Avenue. Here is the map of the bus terminal:

Avenida Peru
La Paz, Bolivia
Teléfono: ++591 (2) 228 5858

Before you board the bus, you need to pay a small fee charged by the Bus Terminal, which is around 50 cents of a dollar, per passenger. Look at the table below to see which companies provide this service and all the relevant information. Buy your tickets from La Paz to Cuzco safely online through Tickets Bolivia.

Direct trips from La Paz to Cuzco  

Bus company Seat class Time of departure Time of arrival (the next day) Price in dollars Extra info
NC Internacional Lie-flat 07:30 La Paz 18:30 Cuzco $us 29.20 Direct Service, migration in Desaguadero
Trans Salvador Lie-flat 3 rows 16:30 La Paz 05:00 Cuzco $us 33.58 Direct Service, migration in Desaguadero
Trans Salvador Lie-flat 16:30 La Paz 05:00 Cuzco $us 29.20 Direct Service, migration in Desaguadero

For a longer trip, but with nice rests stops along the way, and one that allows you to enjoy the tourist attractions of Copacabana, you can travel from La Paz to Copacabana, and from there to Cuzco. The buses also leave from the La Paz bus terminal (see map above) at 06:00, 08:00, and 14:00 in normal buses, which have seats that recline to 120 degrees, and semi lie-flat buses, with seats that recline to 140 degrees.

The cost of the tickets between La Paz and Copacabana is around 5 dollars, depending on the time of departure and the bus company. The trip lasts around 4 hours and passes through the Tiquina Strait, where passengers must get off the bus and cross in boats (the boat trip lasts around 15 minutes and the cost of around 50 cents of a dollar is not covered int he price of the ticket).

Being a small town, Copacabana does not have a bus terminal. The bus stop is located at Plaza Sucre, in the center of town. It is here that buses arrive to and depart from. Here is the map:

Plaza Sucre
Copacabana, Bolivia

From Copacabana to Cuzco

Copacabana is a beautiful town with colonial architecture and many cultural and natural tourist attractions. At the shores of the sacred Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, 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.

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Copacabana, Bolivia. Photo: worldynomads.com

After a stay in Copacabana, the traveler can continue the trip to Cuzco. Please check the table below to see which companies travel from Copacabana to Cuzco and all the relevant information. To buy your tickets from Copacabana to  Cuzco online, you can visit Tickets Bolivia.

Direct trips from Copacabana to Cuzco

Bus company Seat class Time of departure Time of arrival (next day) Price in US$ Extra info.
Trans Titicaca Semicama 09:00 Copacabana

[25 Feb 2017]

18:00 Cuzco

[25 Feb 2017]

$us 23.36 Change of bus in Puno. Migration in Yunguyo.
Trans Titicaca Semicama 13:30 Copacabana

[25 Feb 2017]

22:30 Cuzco

[25 Feb 2017]

$us 23.36 Change of bus in Puno. Migration in Yunguyo.
Huayruro Tours Semicama 18:00 Copacabana

[25 Feb 2017]

03:00 Cuzco

[26 Feb 2017]

$us 16.06 50 minute stop in Puno. Migration in Kasani.
Huayruro Tours Cama 18:00 Copacabana

[25 Feb 2017]

03:00 Cuzco

[26 Feb 2017]

$us 21.90 50 minute stop in Puno. Migration in Kasani.
Trans Titicaca Semicama 18:30 Copacabana

[25 Feb 2017]

04:30 Cuzco

[26 Feb 2017]

$us 24.82 Direct service. Migration in Kasani.

However you have planned your trip, nothing compares to the moment you finally reach your destination: the city of Cuzco. All the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal of Cuzco, located on Av. Vía de Evitamiento #429. Here s the map:

Av. Vía de Evitamiento #429
Cusco, Perú
Teléfono: ++51 (084) 22 4471

We hope the information has been useful and that you have a wonderful trip through the lands of the Incas.

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