To stay in Bolivia on your way from El Alto/ La Paz to Copacabana, you must take a ferry across the Straits of Tiquina. Vehicles and people travel on separate boats. The fare for each person is 5 BOB and the van cost 26 BOB. It does not take long to get across the strait but you may have to wait until enough people are on the boat to justify a trip across.
If you wanna go to the sun island you have two choices. take a boat or trekking to get close to the island.
the first one choice. go to the shore of the lake and ask for the boats.
there are two schules to get there. 8:30 and 13:30. (it takes 1:30 each to get there).
when you come back from the sun island to copacabana. Take the boat in the stairs of Yumani. there are also two schedules. 11:00 and 16:00.
The bus from Puno to Copacabana is a real trip and one not to miss. You do a ferry crossing where you have to leave the bus and take a passenger ferry while your bus takes a larger one. You pass the land borders of Peru and Bolivia (and their respective customs offices) and go to a bustling exchange office, where local kids hawk fresh tasty empanadas. The ride to La Paz is less hectic but beautiful rising high over Lake Titicaca. Both buses are around $2-$3 and last approximately four hours.
The boats out to Isla del Sol may be slow and a bit decrepit but they are cheap and offer a great view of the lake and surrounding islands. We took Titicaca tours. It was a two hour trip to the north of the island and cost about $3 roundtrip. You can stay on the boat all day or be dropped off on the north part of the island and be picked up in the south. This gives you the opportunity to see more of the island and walk the length of it as the Incas did.
at the Copacabana "harbour" you will find a lot of possibilities to go to the islands. On private boats, tour boats, with faster (more expensive) or slower boats, everything is possible. You can book tours to both islands with the possiblity to stay a night there as well.
this kind of transportation offers you to take to copacabana.
it`s cheaper that touristic buses. sometimes is ok sometimes not. well, i mean that as some local people go. they take their babies and some other things. so, it may be noisy or stuffing.
but the seats and the staff of the transport are ok, nothing wrong with that.
to take the bus: get to the cemetery general and the office is exactely in front of. (plaza tupak katari)
There are a lot of buses here for anywhere in Bolivia (specially La Paz) but only one bus daily to Puno, at 13:30. You can buy the ticket at any local agency, they all have the same price: 20Bs
It takes 3 hours, but remember that in Peru is 1 hour less!
I arrived here by bus from La Paz. It took about 4 hours (15 Bs) and comes accross the strait of Tiquina. So when the bus arrives to this village by the lake shore they put the bus into a ferry to cross it and then it continues.
It is pretty easy to get to Copacaban from Puno.
There are few bus companies that are making bussiness on this route.
I took "Pony Express".
It leaves Pun oat 07.15Am and after 5 hours you get to Copacabana.
The bus stops beofore the border to let you change some box, but it is sensless as in Copacabana there are lots of money changer (also street changer>>also they are ok).
As usual the bus stops before the border and you gotta walk trought it, and it picks you up after the Bolivian border.
In the other direction the same bus is leaving at 01Pm (keep in mind to be there at least 30 mins be4)
These magnificent straw boats are a sight to behold and my bet is that you can take one of these babies out to the island too. Check into it if that is your inclination. Surely a more stylish mode of travel!
When you come by bus from La Paz, you have to go down the bus at San Pablo de Tiquina (as you arrive to the lake). Then you have to go to a boat toicket office and buy a ferry ticket (1,5Bs), cross the strait and take the bus again in San Pedro de Tiquina.
In case of doubt, just follow the crowds!
Distances are not really far here in Copacabana, but if you wanna go somewhere outside the village, you can take one of these taxi-bicycles that you can find in the main square, in front of the church.
Unfortunately, you can't take a taxi up to the Calvary mount, there is no road to the top, so you have to suffer a little! :-))
Copacabana is cut off from the Bolivian mainland. A curious way of transporting passengers over the strait exists. People board a little boat and bus parks on a ferry. An accident which led to many deaths in the past has prompted this ingenious way. As if to underline the creeping danger, a bus laid stuck within the “no man’s land” between the pier and the ferry!
This is a small company of local buses to certain places in Bolivia, located in the 2 de febrero square (so its name).
Short trips mainly, specially La Paz.
I did the photo because I liked the facade :-))
The bigger ferry boats could even handle small buses. In fact, I even saw bigger buses than these go across. There was even a pickup with a cow in the back on one ferry.