Cycling around Lake Titicaca
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Aug 16, 2011 9:06 AM Last Post By: monkeypike
Aug 10, 2011 7:09 AM
Cycling around Lake TiticacaHi, I'm off to La Paz later this year to do a tour, and would like to acclimatize by doing a round trip of Lake Titicaca.
Has anyone done this? If so, can you provide me with info on the border crossing on the north shore?
Is it better to do LPaz - Copacabana - Puno - North shore - LPaz.... or in the other direction?
Info will be much appreciated, Thanks.
Aug 10, 2011 11:48 AM
We cycled from La Paz to Juliaca round the east and north shore of Titicaca last year - see here for some details: http://pikesonbikes.blogspot.com/p/info-on-ripio-roads.html - click on 'Peru' and then the 'Achacachi - Juliaca' link.
You have to get your Bolivia exit stamp in La Paz as there aren't any immigration facilities at the Puerto Acosta/Ninantaya border, and you have to get your Peru entry stamp in Puno. We were told we had 48 hours to get out of Bolivia when we had our passports stamped in La Paz, but there was no one to check at the border so we could've taken longer. The police in Ninantaya said we could take as long as we liked to get to Puno.
If you decided to go clockwise round Titicaca I assume you just have to get your Peru exit stamp in Puno, and then your Bolivia entry stamp when you get to La Paz.
hope this helps,
Aug 12, 2011 6:34 AM
Aug 15, 2011 1:27 PM
3We bought a Peru map published by Lima 2000 in La Paz at a little map shop up by the cemetery (the tourist info office in the centre told us where the shop was) and we also had a Michelin map of Peru. They were both good enough for the bigger roads, but often inaccurate for small roads in the mountains. For Bolivia we just used maps we bought in the country - none of the 4 we had were that good.
We didn't camp between La Paz and Juliaca - it would've been possible although it's quite a populated part of the altiplano. We found basic accommodation in Achacachi, Escoma and Moho - and you'd be able to find a bed in Huancane and maybe a couple of other places en route.
There's only about 75kms on the circuit of Titicaca that is unpaved, and most of this is a decent surface.
We stayed at a nice Casa de Ciclistas/Warm Showers place in La Paz - let me know if you want me to send you their email address.
As to recommendations it all depends what you're looking for, and what the weather is up to. I think you'll be there in rainy season, which might restrict where you'll be able to cycle. We've put information on the routes we cycled in that part of the world on our blog - we especially enjoyed the mountains between Cuzco and the Colca Canyon, SW Bolivia, and the high passes between northern Argentina and Chile are good if you're thinking of heading that far afield.
Aug 16, 2011 2:44 AM
I think that is a rash assumption. I've not heard of anyone cycling clockwise around the lake, though I'm more than happy to be proved wrong.
Aug 16, 2011 5:07 AM
5Sorry, when I said I assumed that's what you have to do when going clockwise I should've been clearer. When we were looking into this route I read a blog about a couple that cycled the road clockwise in 2009(?) and I'm pretty sure they got their stamp in Puno then cycled to Bolivia and got their entry stamp in La Paz. I can't think what blog it was now though to check the details. If I remember correctly as they were going to the Yungas straight from one of the Bolivian towns on the shore of Titicaca they left their bikes there, headed to La Paz by public transport for their entry stamps, then went back to the bikes and continued.
Always best to check this is still the case before you set off though.
Aug 16, 2011 6:06 AM
Aug 16, 2011 9:06 AM
7Just managed to find that blog I mentioned - it was this one by Vagamundo:
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