Everything You Need To Know About Alasitas

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Every year on 24th January starts the annual Alasitas festival which takes place in La Paz and lasts for a month displaying stalls covered in miniature versions of houses, money bills, cereal boxes, passports, iPhone, diplomas, and all the items one may aspire to acquire during the year.

Alasitas is a place where one can also look for love in the shape of a rooster or a hen. To ensure that you will find love during that year, the rooster/hen has to be given to you. You cannot purchase it yourself. The birds have come to represent love and they come in different colors, each representing something: black ones are for widowers, yellow (or gold) are for people looking for a rich partner, white ones represent purity and the red ones are more passionate. Some of them even have professions and different qualities depending on what you look in a partner.

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Everything purchased at the fair needs to be blessed by priests and then offered to the Ekeko, the Andean God of Abundance. He’s easily recognizable by the bags of goods he carries, the chullo (traditional hat) and the cigarettes he’s smoking.

Other traditional and typical items people purchase are golden toads which represent Pachamama (Mother Earth) and are meant to bring fortune and prosperity to your home. Suitcases filled with money are also popular implying that money won’t be missing and that there will be opportunities to travel during the year. Food is another common purchase people make, with miniature boxes of pasta, rice, quinoa and other staples that you can buy.

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Alasitas is popular festival that mixes indigenous beliefs and Catholicism, tradition and modernity, illustrating perfectly Bolivia’s complexities and idiosyncrasies. On the first day of Alasitas, at around 12:00pm people gather in and around the churches to have their items blessed by the Catholic priests in a vibrant display of syncretism. And it’s also more than that; Alasitas is a fun, convivial place with food and games, enjoyable for the whole family, where one can also find hand-crafted and artisan goods. Make sure to go and try the plato paceño, a local specialty with corn, cheese, meet and fava beans, and the unmissable api con pastel, a purple-corn drink accompanied by a deep-fried cheese empanada.

Alasitas can be enjoyed throughout the city during 30days, especially on the first day but the fair is held in Parque Urbano in La Paz. The fair then moves to Santa Cruz in September, where it also stays for a month.

If you are travelling in Bolivia in January/February or September make sure not to miss the Alasitas fair. You can easily travel to La Paz and Santa Cruz and plan ahead your trip with Tickets Bolivia.

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From Uyuni to Cusco by land

In a perfect world there would be a beautiful tourist train that could take you directly from Uyuni (Bolivia), the largest salt desert in the world, to Cusco (Peru), the colonial city that is the gateway to Machu Picchu, crossing smoothly the amazing landscapes of the Bolivian Altiplano and the lush valleys and forests of Peru, thus making sure you don´t miss two of the most breathtaking tourist destinations in South America.

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Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia

 

But no, the world is not perfect, and until the dream comes true, the trip from Uyuni to Cusco must be divided in at least two segments, or three, depending on your plans and wishes. You will need to travel from Uyuni to La Paz, either directly or with a stop in Oruro, and from there you can take a direct bus to Cusco. Keep on reading to find out all you need to know.

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La Paz, Bolivia

Uyuni to La Paz

The distance between Uyuni and La Paz is 731 km. La Paz is the largest city in Bolivia and is located at 3600 meters above sea level. You can travel from Uyuni to La Paz either by direct bus, or by a combination of train and bus. All buses headed for La Paz leave Uyuni at night, from the bus stop located on Cabrera Street, on the corner of Arce Av. The trip takes around 11 hours. In La Paz, the buses arrive at the main Bus Terminal, located on Uruguay Street on the corner of Peru Av.

There are several bus companies that work this route. Trans Omar leaves every day at 19:30 (lie-flat bus) and 20:00 (semi-lie flat bus), arriving in La Paz 11 hours later, between 6 and 7 am. The bus company Panasur leaves every day at 20:30 in semi lie-flat buses, ad arrives in La Paz at 06:00. Finally, Cruz del Norte leaves Uyuni at 20:30 and arrives in La Paz at 6:30 am. Their buses are also lie-flat. To book tickets with any of them or just to know more details, just follow this link: uyuni to la paz

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Uyuni Salt Flat

To go by train and bus, you have to 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, which leaves on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Wara Wara del Sur, which leaves on Mondays and Thursdays. The trains offer Salon class and Executive class services, where Executive class is more expensive and has more comfortable seats, and amenities such as blankets and snack on board. All passengers have access to the dining car on the train.

The train leaves Uyuni from the station located arrives at the train station on Ferroviaria Av. on the corner of Arce Av. They arrive in Oruro at the train station located on Velasco Galvarro St. From there you can take a taxi to the bus station in Oruro in order to take a bus to La Paz. Buses leave every half an hour and the trip takes around three hours.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

La Paz to Cusco

Traveling from La Paz to Cuzco will enhance your tour through south America. The journey is about 12 hours, covering a distance of 640 km. In order to travel from La Paz to Cusco by bus you have two alternatives: you can go through the Bolivia-Peru border in Desaguadero, or you can go though Copacabana, crossing the border in Kasani. Desaguadero is a more direct route, while Copacabana is the more scenic route, taking your to the shores of Lake Titicaca.

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Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Three bus companies offer this service. The bus company Nuevo Continente has lie-flat buses that leave at 07:30 in the morning and arrive in Cusco at 21:30. Trans Salvador leaves every day at 16:30 and arrives in Cusco at 5:00 also in lie-flat buses.  And the company Tour Peru has semi lie-flat buses that leave every day at 16:30 and arrive in Cusco at 5:30. you can book tickets by following this link: la paz to cusco

Tips

You should know that in Bolivia, lie-flat buses have seats that recline to 160-170 degrees, not 180. Semi lie-flat buses recline to between 150 and 160 degrees, depending on the bus. This is important to keep in mind in order to keep your expectations realistic. The services on board usually include one snack on board, so you should make sure you take something to drink, blankets and more food on board, just to make sure your trip will be comfortable.

 We hope you found all the information useful. Have a nice trip!

Travel Bolivia by train: Villazon, Tupiza, Uyuni

Traveling by train is always a special experience. The soft and rhythmic movement of the train as it crosses amazing landscapes, the pleasure of looking out the window as you sip on coffee in the dinning car, the strange charm of a train station… In Bolivia, one of the routes that you can make by train is between Villazon and Uyuni, with an optional stop in the picturesque town of Tupiza, surrounded by amazing mountain formations. Read on to find out how.

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Landscape of Tupiza, Bolivia

Villazon to Tupiza by train

The city of Villazon is right on the border between Bolivia and Argentina, and so is considered a city to just pass through. It is a commercial area, very busy with economic activity between Bolivia and Argentina. It is always buzzing with tourists and travelers going between both countries.

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Tupiza, Bolivia

Tupiza is a town located at a distance of 91 km from Villazon. The trip by train takes around 4 hours, crossing the landscapes of the valleys and mountains of the region. Tupiza is known for its warm climate, beautiful landscapes and tourist attractions such as rock formations and cannons such as the cañón del Inca.

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Market of Villazon, Bolivia

In order to travel from Villazon to Tupiza by train you must go to the train station located on Antofagasta Av.  The trains leave at 15:30 and arrive in Tupiza at 18:30, at the train station of Tupiza, located on Serrano Av. on the corner with Avaroa St. The companies that offer the train service from Villazon to Tupiza are Wara Wara del Sur (Monday and Thursday) and Expreso del Sur (Wednesday and Saturday).

If you want to buy your tickets beforehand, thus ensuring your trip, you can do so by clicking on the following:  villazon to tupiza by train

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Tupiza to Uyuni

The trips from Tupiza to Uyuni by train take around 6 hours crossing a distance of 207 km through valleys and highland landscapes of Bolivia. The trains leave on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from the Train Station of Tupiza. They leave at 18:25 and arrive in Uyuni at 23:25 at the Train Station located on Ferroviaria Av., on the corner with Abaroa St.

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Uyuni is a very important tourist destination in Bolivia, the largest salt desert in the world, which has become well known int he last years due to its amazing topography and landscape that seems from another planet. So much so that it has been featured in the latest Star Wars film as the planet Crait. In order to buy your train tickets online, you can follow this link: by train Tupiza to Uyuni

And back: Uyuni to Villazon by train  

For your return trip you can travel directly by train from Uyuni to Villazon, covering a distance of 600 km. The train leaves from the train station of Uyuni at 21:40 and arrives at the train station of Villazon the next day, at 06:05 am.  The bus companies that make this service by train from Uyuni to Villazon are Wara Wara del Sur (Wednesday and Sunday) and Expreso del Sur (Tuesday and Friday).

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If you have any questions, contact us through the website ticketsbolivia.com

Have a nice trip!

From Buenos Aires to La Paz, roundtrip by land

Buenos Aires and La Paz are two of the most visited cities in South America, each with particular and contrasting tourist attractions. Buenos Aires is a huge city with a vibrant cultural life and one of the most beautiful of the continent. Buenos Aires is famous for its food, entertainment and nightlife. A port city, it lies at sea level and enjoys the sea breeze and beautiful views of Rio de la Plata. The city of  La Paz, on the other hand, is one of the most important Andean capitals, with an unusual mountain topography that gives it an uncanny beauty and awesome landscapes. At 3600 meters above sea level, the climate is dry and sunny. La Paz is the most important city in Bolivia and is an attractive cultural destination.

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El Obelisco, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires to La Paz

In order to travel by bus from Buenos Aires to La Paz you cover a distance of 2,654 kilometers, through several different cities and towns in Argentina and Bolivia and crossing the border in La Quiaca/Villazón. You can divide the trip into two segments to make it lighter and faster. First, you go from Buenos Aires to the border, in Villazon, and from there on to La Paz in a direct bus.

The buses leave every day from the Bus Terminal Retiro, located on Libertador Av. at 10:00 am and they arrive in Villazon at 14:00 at the bus terminal located on La PAz Street.

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Vista de La Paz, Bolivia

From the same terminal on La Paz Street, the buses from Villazon to La Paz leave every day at 18:30 and at 20:00, arriving in the andean capital at 10:00 am the next day. The buses arrive at the bus terminal of La Paz, located on Uruguay Av., on the corner of  Peru Av. If you want to book today, or if you just want to see the schedules, prices and bus companies, just click on this link:  Buenos Aires to La Paz

And back…

The trip between Buenos Aires and La Paz through Villazon lasts around 36 hours. Nevertheless, in the months of December and January, the trip can be longer because of the time it will take you to cross the border, which can take several hours longer than usual due to the high traffic of people and vehicles.

To get from La Paz to Buenos Aires through Villazon you can divide the trip into two segments, first from La Paz to Villazon, and from there you can take a direct bus to Buenos Aires. The buses from La Paz to Villazon leave every day from the bus station of La Paz. There are many schedules you can choose from, depending on the bus company you choose to travel with, and all buses leave between 10:00 and 20:00. Before boarding the bus, you will be asked to pay a small fee called Uso de Terminal, which costs 2.5 Bolivianos per passenger.

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On the Argentinian side…

The trip from La Paz to Villazón lasts around 18 hours. In Villazon, the buses arrive at the same bus terminal described before, and from there you can also take the bus Buenos Aires, which leaves every day at 10:00 in the morning. From Villazon to Buenos Aires, the trip takes around 27 horas, and you arrive back at the bus terminal Retiro. at around 13:00 the next day. During high season, it is also recommended that you buy your tickets beforehand, to make sure you are able to make your trip as planned. To do this, you can click on the following link: La Paz to Buenos Aires

From Villazon to La Paz by train How to do it by train 

If you love to travel by train, you can make part of the way between Villazon and La Paz with the train companies Expreso del Sur or Wara Wara del Sur. If you are traveling from Buenos Aires to La Paz, once you are in Villazon just take the train from the station located in front of Plaza Sucre. The train will take you to Oruro, a city four hours away from La Paz, and will arrive at the train station located on Velasco Galvarro Street, on the corner with con Aldana St. The time and duration of the trip from depends on the day of the trip and the train company you choose. For example if you take the train Wara Wara from Villazon to Oruro, the train leaves at 15:30 and you arrive in Oruro at 9:30 the next morning. From Oruro, the buses to La Paz leave every 30 minutes all day from the bus station located on Las Banderas Av.

For the trip from La Paz to Buenos Aires, you will take a bus from La Paz to Oruro, and from there the train to Villazon. If you want to see shcedules and train companies that offer this service, just follow this link: trains

If you have any doubts, please contact us at info@ticketsbolivia.com, or follow us in Facebook. Have a great trip!

Peru Hop; The power of being flexible

What doesnt bend breaks, they say. And we believe that flexibility, also known as resilience, is one of the most important values if you want to lead a full and meaningful life. This applies also to traveling.

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Arequipa, Peru

Travelers today want it all: safety, reliability, and also the freedom to adapt their itinerary as they please, to decide to stay longer at one location, or to just take off before planned. You want to be able to plan you trip, knowing when you will be arriving where, when the buses leave, how long a trip takes… but you also want to be able to improvise. You don´t want to lose money if you suddenly feel ill and have to stay in a location longer than you expected, or if it just tickles your fancy to stay longer.

Not many travel companies can offer all of these things. Peru Hop can. This company was started in 2013 by two Irish guys who dreamed of offering tourists in Peru the safe, fun and flexible experience they would have liked for themselves. It is a pleasure for Tickets Bolivia to offer their services at our website. Read on to find out how it works.

 

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La Paz, Bolivia

How it works in 5 simple steps

  1. Choose a pass

Choose from their variety of passes, depending on where you want to start, where do you want to go and how much time you have. For example, if you are in La Paz and want to get to Lima, you can choose a pass that takes you through Puno, Cusco, Arequipa, Paracas, etc., or you can take a more direct pass.

  1. Plan your itinerary

You will be able to see all the intermediate stops between your city of origin and city of destination, and begin to plan where you will get off, and how long you will stay. The pass is good for a whole year. This means if you want to stay at one location for a few days, or months, you can do that. Just go with the flow. This flexibiity allows you to improvise and designn your journey to fit your needs and desires.

  1. Start your trip

Peru Hop picks you up from your hotel or hostel, or even from an Airbnb location. At every destination, they will pick you up and drop you off wherever you are staying, except in Cusco, due to the strict legal restrictions regarding large buses entering the historic center

  1. Hop on and hop off

You decide how long to stay at each stop. Maybe stay one night or one month, it’s up to you! Your pass will be valid for one whole year, so you don’t have to worry about those dreaded fixed schedules other companies offer. Simply log into your HOP LOGIN account and change your itinerary on-the-go.

  1. Finish your trip

Finish your trip and pick up a free t-shirt in their offices in either Lima or Cusco (Subject to availability).

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Lake Titicaca seen from Puno, Peru

Destinations

Peru Hop takes you to Lima, Chincha, Paracas, Ica, Huacchina, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno and Cuzco, in Peru, and to Copacabana and La Paz, in Bolivia. You can choose to spend time at every one of these unique destinations, or to skip some according to your interests and needs. You can go from La Paz, at over 3000 m above sea level down to Paracas and Lima on the seaside, at your leisure, with absolute freedom and in one of the safest and tourist-friendly companies.

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Lima, Peru

 

Peru Hop is simply the best way to get around and it has been built with the needs and desires of tourists in mind to ensure you guys fall in love with Peru and have a stress-free and safe journey! And you can book your tickets online now through Tickets Bolivia by following this link: http://www.ticketsbolivia.com

The best of all worlds, as we see it.  

From Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo, through Santa Cruz

Buenos Aires, in Argentina, and Sao Paulo in Bazil are two of the most important cities in South America due to their enormous population, breathtaking architecture and sights, cultural life, tourist attractions and economic relevance. They are separated by a distance of 1,675 km, and traveling between the two cities by land is really a journey full of contrasting landscapes and peoples. One way to do it is by crossing Bolivia, with a stop in the tropical Santa Cruz. Read on to find out how to do it

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Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina, with a population of over 15 million inhabitants. It is a port city, which made it a door to Latin America for migrants from Europe and the rest of the world throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. It is very European in its architecture and has many distinct neighborhoods, like La Boca and San Telmo, which are tourist attractions in and of themselves.

Buenos Aires has two Bus Terminals, which are 40 minutes away from each other. All the international bus companies leave from the Terminal Retiro and make a stop at the bus terminal Liniers, located on General Paz Av., 10880. Below you will find a map of  Terminal Retido, located on a Antártida Argentina Av. and 10th Street.

See the maps below::

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Liniers Terminal

Terminal Liniers

There is a distance of 2,339 km between Buenos Aires and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. The trip takes around 34 hours and the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal Bimodal in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, located on Montero Av. The bus company that will take you is La Preferida. The buses have very good service on board and comfortable seats. Plus, you can book your tickets online by following this link: https://www.ticketsbolivia.com/travel-by-bus/buenos_aires-santa_cruz.php

See the table below for information on their departures.

Bus company Bus class Departure Arrival Price in US$
La Preferida Bus Lie-flat

Semi lie-flat 

15:30 hrs

Buenos Aires

2:30 Hrs (the next day)

Santa Cruz

$us. 102.19

$us 97.81

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Source: https://i.ytimg.com

Santa Cruz de la Sierra is a fast-growing city with three million inhabitants. The city is known for its warm and inviting climate, friendly people and tourist attractions revolving around natural landscapes, rivers, water parks and nearby lakes. The buses from Santa Cruz to Sao Paulo leave from that same bus terminal. La Preferida bus is the bus company that will take you from Santa Cruz to Sao Paulo. If you want to buy your tickets online, just follow this link:

Look at the table below to see the times of departure and arrival:

Bus company Class Departure Arrival Price
La Preferida Bus Lie-flat 20:00 hrs

Santa Cruz

10:00 Hrs  (the next day)

Sao Paulo

$us 91.97

The distance between Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Bolivia and Sao Paulo, Brazil, is of 2.085 km and the trip takes 36 hours, approximately. The bus crosses the border in Puerto Quijarro/Corumbá, where you will be asked to get off the bus in order to clear migration. the bus will wait for you in order to continue the trip to Sao Paulo through the pantanal region of Brazil.  The buses arrive at the bus terminal located on Auro Soares de Moura Av. Look below to see the map:

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You can make this trip and get to know the tree cities by booking online with  TicketsBolivia . Booking online helps you plan your trip and avoid lines at the bus terminals. If you have any questions, don´t hesitate to contact us. Have a nice trip!

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Sao Paulo, Bazil. Source: http://www.skyjetairtravel.co.uk

 

 

From Santa Cruz to Uyuni by bus, with a stop in Sucre

Santa Cruz is one of Bolivia´s most important cities with its warm, inviting climate and steady economic growth. Located in the low-lands at 400 m above sea level, the city boasts the highest rates of migrants coming into the country from all over the world in search for work opportunities in this thriving city. Many tourists, both national and foreign, wish to travel from Santa Cruz to Uyuni by bus, as Uyuni is the most popular tourist destination in Bolivia. In this blog we explain how you can make this by bus from Santa Cruz to Uyuni, passing by the majestic white city of Sucre, the capital of Bolivia and one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the world.  

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra (foto: Martín Fernández)

 

From Santa Cruz to Sucre by bus

Sucre and Santa Cruz are two of the most important cities in Bolivia; Sucre, the Capital, is a very popular tourist destination due to its historical richness and colonial architecture. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, is a modern city with a tropical climate and thriving economy. The distance between Santa Cruz and Sucre is 502 km, and the trip takes around 13 hours. In order to travel by bus from Santa Cruz to Sucre you can take a direct bus. They leave every day at 15:30 from the Bimodal Terminal of Santa Cruz, locate on Montes Av. Before boarding the bus, you need to pay a small fee called “Uso de Terminal“, which costs 2 Bolivianos. The buses arrive in Sucre at 05:00 am at the Bus Terminal, located on Ostria Rodriguez St.

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Sucre, Bolivia

If you want to stay in Sucre a few days, there are plenty of things to see and enjoy, such as the Parque Cretácico, where you can see real dinosaur tracks and life-like representations of the dinosaurs that populated the land in the Cretaceous period. Also, there are churches and convents that you can tour, as well as amazing food on every corner. At an altitude of 2,888 meters above sea level, Sucre is known for its mild climate surrounded by rolling hills. If you want to book your tickets online, just follow this link:  https://www.ticketsbolivia.com/travel-by-bus/santa_cruz-sucre.php

From Sucre to Uyuni by bus

The town of Uyuni lies at a distance of 361 km from Sucre. Uyuni is known for being the entry gate to the greatest Salt Flat in the world. At an altitude of over 3,000 meters above sea level, the Uyuni Salt Flat is characterized by its surrealistic landscape. During the eight-hour trip you can see an extraordinary landscape surrounded by the Andes mountain rage, passing by different villages such as Yotala, Betanzos, Potosi, Porco, Pulacayo and finally Uyuni. A few km from Uyuni there are extraordinary places where you will feel you are entering a whole different world, making this destination a magnificent experience, full of beauty, magic and adrenaline.

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Laguna Colorada, Uyuni Salt Flat (foto: Daniel Kordan)

Among the places that can be visited are a train cemetery, ‘eyes of the salt’ (big holes of water underneath the salt flat), Incahuasi island, walks through Dali`s desert and other places that make the Uyuni Salt Flat  one of the most visited destinations for both local and international tourists. To travel from Sucre to Uyuni you have to go to the bus station in Sucre, located on Ostria Gutierrez Avenue. The buses leave at 9:30, 17:30 and 20:30. Before boarding the bus, you will be asked to pay a small fee of 2.5 Bolivianos called “Uso de Terminal”. To book tickets now, click on this link: https://www.ticketsbolivia.com/travel-by-bus/sucre-uyuni.php

We hope the information was useful and you enjoy traveling through Bolivia. Have a nice trip!

From Lima to La Paz, through Cuzco

La Paz and Lima are two of the most important cities in the Andes region of South America, and trips between the two are very common for tourism and business. Lima is the capital city of Peru, a large city on the shore of the Pacific ocean with more than 7 million inhabitants. La Paz, on the other hand, is the seat of government of Bolivia, a city of 3 million people at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level.

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Lima, Peru

If you want to travel by bus from Lima to La Paz, you can do so with a stop in the legendary city of Cuzco, about half-way between the two. Cuzco is one of the most important tourist destinations in South America due to its rich history and colonial architecture, and also because it is the gateway to the ruins of the Inca empire. Read on to find out how to make this trip by land from Lima to La Paz, through Cuzco.

Lima to Cuzco by bus

The distance between Lima and Cuzco is 1,104 km and the bus trip takes 22 to 24 hours, depending on the time of departure. The buses leave every day around noon from the two bus terminals that the bus company Oltursa uses: Estación Turística San Isidro, located on Aramburu Av. #1160, and a Gran Terminal Terrestre Plaza Norte, located on Tupac Amaru Av., Independencia. In Cuzco, the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal located on Vía Evitamiento. A tourist city by excellence, Cuzco offers amazing tours of the nearby Inca ruins and buildings such as monasteries and churches you have to see to believe. Also, you are just a few hours away from Macchu Picchu, the capital city of the Inca Empire and one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. To book your bus tickets from Lima to Cuzco, click on this link:

https://www.ticketsbolivia.com/travel-by-bus/lima-cusco.php  

See the table below to find out the times of departure and prices.

Lima to Cuzco by bus

Bus company Bus class Departure place and time Arrival place and time Price in US$
Oltursa Lie-flat

(170 degrees reclination)

Lima 12:45 Cuzco 12:15 (the next day) 54.01
Oltursa Lie-flat

(170 degrees reclination)

Lima 14:30 Cuzco 12:15 (the next day) 54.01

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La Paz, Bolivia

Cuzco to La Paz by bus

The distance between Cuzco and La Paz is 640 km, and the trip by bus takes around 12 hours. The journey crosses the highlands of Peru until you reach Puno on the shores of lake Titicaca, to continue to La Paz. The buses leave every day and with many different bus companies from the bus terminal on via Evitamiento, and they arrive in La Paz at the bus station located on Uruguay Av. Look at the table below to see the times and companies that make this route.

Cuzco to La Paz

Bus company Bus class Place and time of departure Place and time of arrival Price in US$
Trans Salvador Lie fla 3 rows Cuzco 22:00 La Paz 13:00 33.58 US$
Trans Salvador lie-flat Cuzco 22:00 La paz 13:00 29.20 US$
Tour Peru Semi lie-flat Cuzco 22:00 La Paz 15:00 27.74 US$
NC Internacional lie-flat Cuzco 22:30 La Paz 14:30 29.20 US$

If you want to book your tickets online to travel from Cuzco to La Paz, just click on this link: https://www.ticketsbolivia.com/travel-by-bus/cusco-la_paz.php

Have a nice 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!