Plaza Mayor Hotel

Deustua 342, Puno, Peru
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Cuzco (Cusco) - Puno: bus vs train

by bvbb

I've seen varied opinions on traveling to Puno via bus or train. The railroad portrays the $130 version as a great luxury tourist experience. Some say the $20 backpacker ticket is a rewarding journey. Some say the train is always delayed and rocks have been thrown through the windows. Some say the bus is faster, cheaper, just as scenic, just as comfortable. Others say the buses are rundown, smelly, motion sickness generators.

Does anyone have recent personal experience with these options, with specific company names or similar? Thanks.

Re: Cuzco (Cusco) - Puno: bus vs train

by suziq999

I took the train a few years ago. I bought the first class ticket - but they are half price if you buy them the day before. There was a beverage/food cart and dancing and music in the car. I thought it was very nice. The mountains and view are spectacular. They stop once or twice in the middle of nowhere and locals come to sell their wares for very cheap. One of these stops I bought a gorgeous full size hand woven blanket for $5 USD. It is cheaper to buy things here than in Cusco or anywhere else I saw. The train takes around 8 hours, so I imagine it must be much slower by bus. We had no problems with anyone throwing rocks or anything of the sort.

Susan

Re: Cuzco (Cusco) - Puno: bus vs train

by dandilion

i took the train, it was great.

Re: Cuzco (Cusco) - Puno: bus vs train

by Heatherette

Dandilion, How long ago did you take the train?

Re: Cuzco (Cusco) - Puno: bus vs train

by cosmichoover

Hi! I took the Inca Express bus last week from Cusco to Puno and it was great fun. Very scenic, especially the pass at La Raya, and stopped at some interesting places. It was clean and efficient, and even supplied matte de coca! It cost $30. On the way back we took an overnight bus which was fine (very cheap too, about $6), but arrived in Cusco at 0230.

Enjoy your trip!

Travel Tips for Puno

a bit of Uros history

by chancay

At times of the Inca the Uros fled to the middle of the lake Titicaca to escape conflicts with Incas and another ethnic group called Collas. During the time there started connections to the Aymaras, a lot of the Uros converted to Catholizism, but there still live the whole year some hundreds of Uros in these islands. You can find a seventh-day-adventist-church on one of the islands, a post office, schools etc.

way to the swimming islands

by chancay

At the port of Puno you´ll find different possibilities to get a boat to the floating islands, a well as in every tourist agency in Puno. THey organize tours with english guide, pickup at the hotel, boat tour to the island etc.

Lake Titicaca & the floating islands

by AR76

This would probably be the only reason you would stay in Puno: to visit Lake Titicaca.
This truly enormous lake connects Peru and Bolivia (there is even a sort of 'rivalry' between the countries about whose part of the lake is the prettiest ;-)) and claims to be the world's highest lake. But for the rest it is just a lake. A big one alright, but just a lake.
It is well worth a day trip, though; the locals have made an effort to attract tourists (and they do), but I'd say don't spend more time than necessary.

The Uros Islands in the lake are floating islands made of thick layers of reed, and supposedly, there are still people actually living there. You can stop off at one of the tiny islands during your boat trip, have a look inside the houses and admire their handicraft etc, but if you ask me, I'd say the 'inhabitants' go back to their comfy appartments once the daily boat loads of tourists are gone.

I would definitely recommend a visit to the Isla Taquile (Taquile island), a huge rocky island in Lake Titicaca. Don't underestimate its height: it is quite an uphill climb from the dock to the village. This, combined with the high altitude (higher than Cuzco if I remember well), may make you feel exhausted/short of breath quickly, so take it easy: make sure that at the end of the climb you have got some energy left to explore the island.

Ask your hotel/hostel staff about guided tours to the lake & islands.

Las islas flotantes - the Uros

by chancay

The Uros, a seperated etnic group live on "floating" islands made by hand from totora reeds that grow all around the lake Titicaca. They live there since the time of the Inca. You can visit these islands to get a personal impression of these espectacular living conditions. Here they invite you as well to do a tour on a boat made also by hand from these totora reeds. Entrance fee is around 4$.

Museo Carlos Dreyer

by ValbyDK

Carlos Dreyer Spohr was a German painter and collector, who lived in Puno for more than 30 years and was very interested in the various Indian cultures in the area. He created his own collection of ancient Indian and colonial artefacts, and the stuff are exhibited in what may have been Dreyer's own home (?) at ‘Plaza de Armas’ in the centre of Puno.

My favourite exhibition was about 'Chullpas the Sillustani' (read my other tips). Mummies and many gold objects from the ancient tombs were on display at the exhibition. Also the huge paintings of famous Indian events were impressive. Several of the colourful oil paintings are actually painted by Carlos Dreyer himself.

Other exhibitions are the Inca Room, the Stone Gallery the Room, Regional Archaeological Room, the Colonial Room, the Religious Art Room, the Dreyer Room and more... We were only allowed to take photos in the Dreyer Room. A small, but interesting museum.

Entrance: 15 s/.

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Address: Deustua 342, Puno, Peru