Day or night bus Cusco-Puno
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Apr 28, 2012 7:20 AM Last Post By: IncaKola
Mar 26, 2012 5:07 PM
Day or night bus Cusco-PunoI'm debating between taking a night or a day bus from Cusco to Puno. With the night option we save on a hotel room (lol) and we don't waste "awake time" travelling on a bus. But I've read that the day buses stop at some archaeological sites and villages along the way.
Are the villages and sites along the way worth it enough to use a day of our trip travelling between Cusco and Puno?
Mar 26, 2012 5:47 PM
1Personally speaking I would never say getting a day bus is waste, if you get the bus the locals get you will see some amazing things and sites. If you get the tourist buses doing that route you will also see some amazing sites. It depends to an extent on what your budget for time is like and where you are planning on going afterwards? I really wouldn't allow for more than a night in Puno based on my personal opinion. It just isn't that nice. If you are planning on staying on the islands on Lake Titicaca, maybe fare enough. If you choose to get a night bus from Cusco to Puno you will miss a lot of beautiful scenery, what do you plan on doing in Puno when you get there in the day? Like I said, it isn't that amazing.
I never quite understood how "awake time" on a bus is wasted, you see the countryside as opposed to just the town you arrive in, if you really don't care where you are travelling through then fly. I have heard people say in South East Asia getting a bus is a waste, it certainly isn't in this area of South America. I have seen things you people would not believe, c beams glittering in the..... alright, only kidding, but don't think for a minute that getting the bus around here is like getting the National Express from Milton Keynes to Sheffield cause it ain't.
Mar 26, 2012 5:52 PM
2What I mean is, every single bus trip is something you will remember for the rest of your life. And I mean that in the most realistic terms. Even down to stupid stuff like chickens pecking your feet or some mad local girl hacking up meat in the aisle of the bus with a massive knife. But still, if you want a luxury tour with a load of kids from Hemel Hempstead or a flight with a load of air conditioning salesmen from Tacna then go for it.
Mar 26, 2012 6:37 PM
3We have the time to "blow" a day on the bus. We will go from Cusco to Puno and then onto Arequipa, Colca Canyon, back to Arequipa for a night, onto Nazca, etc. etc. I was thinking to stay one night in Puno, then the next morning take one of those tours to the Uros islands where we can sleep on either Taquile or Amantani and then back to Puno the next day.
My questions would also be:
-can we arrive in Puno in the late afternoon (say we take the day bus to see the sites along the way), and then immediately book a Uros/Amantani tour for the next day?
-when the over night tour gets back into Puno, should we then take an over night bus to Arequipa or stay another night in Puno and then head to Arequipa the next morning?
Mar 26, 2012 11:31 PM
4Totally agree with Fowler9.
Last year I drove for the first time from Lima to Cusco and vice versa and stopped in many places I didn't in the past 20 years.
You might leave Cusco with an early morning bus. In 2010 I went to Puno from Cusco by car and it took me roughly 4 hours to reach Juliaca, add one hour for the last part of the trip to Puno. By bus I guess it would take you somewhere between six and seven hours.
Being in Puno early afternoon would allow you to visit Sillustani (funerary towers) which was my (only) highlight in Puno
You can book the boat tour at the pier in Puno, probably cheaper than with a travel agency. Accommodation is no problem to find on Taquile.
Arequipa is only 4 to 5 hours from Puno by bus.
Mar 27, 2012 4:52 AM
5Okay we will take the day bus from Cusco to Puno :) Thanks.
As for staying overnight in Taquile, I figured we'd do one of those combo tours I keep reading about where we visit Amantani on one day, sleep on Taquile, and then visit Uros islands on the way back to Puno. I know that everybody says that the Uros islands are super touristy and like a human zoo but I figure if we've travelled that far and have to pass them on the way back to Puno, they'd be worth a quick stop at least to see them.
Mar 27, 2012 7:05 AM
6Day bus or night bus is always a compromise.
I usually take two things into consideration - the landscape and bus connections (ongoing trip and/or arr/dep times).
Usually a day trip is a much better experience that you wouldn't like to miss. On the other hand, if you've done several similar trips, then you might choose a night bus, and save travel time and money on accommodation.
As for the Titikaka islands, if you go with a tour, you'll visit Uros briefly only and stay on Taquile and Amantani much longer, including one night homestay.
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8Found the Inca Express does this route with stops along the way but I can't find the costs for the fare. All I get is this page with the "I Agree" bubble but it won't let me click on it to proceed:
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