Traveling to Bolivia

Plenty of travelers make their way across the Andes to Puno not only to visit Lake Titicaca, but also to continue on to Bolivia, which shares a border with Peru. Several travel agencies in Puno sell packages and bus tickets to Bolivia.

The most common and scenic route is from Puno to La Paz via Yunguyo and Copacabana. You get dropped off at the border and then pick up a colectivo or taxi shuttle across, where you go through Customs and passport control. If you're going on your own, you'll need to catch another colectivo to Copacabana, just over a half-hour away. The trip to La Paz takes 7 or 8 hours by bus. Buses also go to La Paz via Desaguadero. Or, you can go by a combination of overland travel and hydrofoil or catamaran, a unique but very time-consuming journey (13 hr.).

At the border, visitors get an exit stamp from Peru and a tourist visa (30 days) from Bolivia. Foreigners are commonly tapped for phony departure and entry fees; resist the officials' blatant attempts at corruption.

For more information about Bolivia, pick up a copy of Frommer's South America.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.