How to travel from Cusco to Copacabana:
Bus Tickets Peru offers you different options for this trip:
- Direct trip: The buses that go from Cusco to Copacabana make a stop in Puno. The border crossing and immigration control take place in Kasani. In total, it takes around 14 hours to go from Cusco to Copacabana. The bus companies that offer this service are Transzela and Trans Titicaca
- Travel with stopover: On the way from Cusco to Copacabana, is the Peruvian city of Puno, on Lake Titicaca. Several transport companies offer the option of getting off in this city to explore it for a few hours or spend the night there and visit the floating islands of the Uros.
- Tourist bus: There are also companies that offer a more exclusively tourist service on the Cuzco-Puno route, and from Puno it is easily connected to Copacabana. The Inka Express and Wonder Peru Expedition companies make this journey, and offer passengers the possibility of making stops along the way to take pictures. They also organize guided tours (in Spanish and English) to the archaeological sites.
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WHAT TO VISIT IN COPACABANA:
- Calvary Hill. A 30-minute walk that ascends the hill and offers a unique view of the lake. It is a privileged location to watch the sunset.
- Isla del Sol. According to Inca legend, this small island located in the middle of Lake Titicaca was the home of Inti, the Sun god, and the place where the Incas arose. The island can be accessed by traveling by boat from Copacabana, a journey that takes two hours. It is a really picturesque place, where you can appreciate panoramic views of the lake and the Cordillera Real de Bolivia. You can also take walks through the ancestral terraces and pre-Columbian ruins.
- Moon Island. Legend has it that Viracocha, the creator god of all things, was born on this site. It is a small island close to Isla del Sol, and on it are the ruins of the Temple of the Virgins. Touring the entire island takes about an hour.
- Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. This 16th century colonial church houses the image of the Virgin of Copacabana.
- Restaurants. There are good and varied options for eating and drinking in Copacabana, with restaurants, cafes and bars constantly open. Undoubtedly, the gastronomic specialty of the place is fresh trout, which can be enjoyed in one of the restaurants along the coast.
- Accommodation. There are a lot of accommodation options. Staying one night to see the sunrise is highly recommended.