Copacobana town view Bolivia by ydnammmm on Flickr

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  1. Hi,
    I was wondering if you can get a boat from Puno to Copacabana via the islands?
    If not how long does the bus take? Can you get a taxi?


  2. we would be happy to pay for a private water taxi as we do not have long.

    Only 4 days to include travel from Arequipa to Lake Titicaca and then on to Cusco.

    What would you recommend?

    1. Hi Mary, as far as we know, a water taxi is still not an option. The water border is closed, so you must travel overland to go through customs and border control.

      The bus trip is comfortable enough not to need private transport; but you might shave a little time off the journey. From memory (I don’t have my notes here with me), the price/time ratio didn’t work out for us.

      Depending on your budget, an option might be Arequipa to Puno by bus, do an overnight Titicaca cruise/tour (skipping Bolivia altogether), then up to Juliaca for a flight to Cusco. That wouldn’t be cheap, but it would make good use of your time.

      Is the four days just for transport and transit? i.e. You’ve already seen all you want to in Arequipa, and you have more time in Cusco?

  3. Hi,

    I wish we had more time like you guys but we only have four weeks!! So our itinerary is pretty packed….

    We arrive in Lima sat evening (16th June) and want to be in cusco on Sunday 24th June for the festival of the sun which I believe (correct me if I am wrong!!) is on this day.

    Because of this we are a little short of time for the first part of our trip which was to visit Arequipa, Puno reed islands and Copacabana & the sun island.

    So far we are thinking:
    Early flight (5.30) Sunday to Arequipa, day in Arequipa.
    Monday – horse trek to colca canyon and camp overnight.
    Tuesday – visit condor cross viewpoint and then private transfer with tourist stops to Puno. Overnight Puno.
    Wednesday trip to visit reed islands. Get private taxi ( possible????) To copacabana (don’t know what time the border closes or if it’s possible to stay nearby)
    Thursday day trip to sun island
    Friday am chill in copacabana, then transport back to Puno.
    Sat tourist bus to cusco.

    What do you think?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi,

      We are just planning the trip to Peru and we have just found what you had written 🙂 Our plan is almost the same but we will have 3 days more. Thus, we are going to visit Islas Ballestas and Nazca, hovever if you read it can you tell us if your plan worked out. Thank you and regards Ela

  4. Hi Ela,

    got your message but I cant work out how to reply! If you email me again send me your email address and I can give you lots of tips on Peru!

    we didnt go to Copacabana in the end as we decided it would e too much of a rush, and instead we opted for an afternoon trip to Silustani tombs. A most magical place in the setting sun…..

    we visited the reed islands on a morning trip – We werent that enamoured if i am honest. It was interesting to see the reed islands. The lady who showed us ‘her’island seemed quite proud to be able to show us how it was made. BUT…. the trip and the islands are sooooooo commercialised. I was particularly unimpressed with the small children rattling off english songs (in triple time) and then expecting money ….

    If you go to Peru you MUST MUST MUST get off the gringo route and visit the north. There are some AMAZING places up there (and at a fraction of a cost of the places on the gringo route!). we can make some recommendations. we spent a week in the north but i wish we could have spent another 3!

    get in touch if you want to know more!


    1. Sounds like you had an amazing time, Mary — so happy for you! Did you make it to Bolivia at all, or stay in Peru?

      Where did you go in the north? We’re hoping to get back there next year or 2015.

      1. Hi,

        We just stayed in Peru – we could stay there for years and never see it all!
        There is sooo much there. We were amazed on our trip to the north. there is so much information available about Machu Picchu but there are lots of amazing sites that nobody hears about.

        We spent a week in the north at the end of our trip (i’ll post our trip itinerary if anyone is interested) and in short…..

        we flew to Chiclayo
        spent a night, wandered round the town, had a meal out
        took an overnight bus to Chachapoyas
        had breakfast in a nice cafe whlst waiting for the tour operator to open
        took a tour to Kuélap (3hr minibus ride 3 hr tour including lunch 3 hr minibus back!)
        took an overnight bus back to chiclayo
        took a bus to Huanchaco
        chilled for two nights before flying back to Lima to fly back to england
        visited Tucame on a day trip from here (twice!)

        Mega mega rushed! BUT…. Kuélap was amazing (despite the whole 9hr trip being less than a quarter off the price of Macchu picchu!) and I would thoroughly recommend anyone to go there. personally I enjoyed this far more than macchu picchu which I found (although dont get me wrong it was beautiful) a bit spoilt by the throngs of tourists….

        i wished we had had more time to spend in Chachapoyas and to see hte many sights around there. Its a lovely little town to chill out in 🙂

        Tucame was also amazing, i could go on about that for hours….
        If you like archaeology youll love it! aparently it will all be gone in less than 80 years so see it while you can!!

        have to go now – let me know if you want to here more!


  5. Hi Mary, thank you very much for your message 🙂 The information are realy helpful. We are about to planning the trip so if you don’t mind we would ask you some more questions. My e-mail address is [email protected] What is your e-mail address? Thank you ones again and kind regards Ela

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