Trans Tur '2 de Febrero' to La Paz
This is a regular bus service from Copacabana to La Paz and vice versa.
Check the timetable and book ahead at the bus company's offices:
Copacabana: Plaza 2 de Febrero
La Paz: Plaza Felix Reyes Ortiz No. 699
We took the 8am bus to La Paz and it was full. Cost was 15 Bolivianos/person.
You'll have to leave the bus and take a little boat at some point for a short crossing of an offshot of Lake Titicaca. The bus will go on a small flat barge and you'll think it's a miracle it did not sink with all your belongings. The price of the crossing is not included but it's only a couple of bolivianos.
The bus will go through El Alto, then you'll have fantastic views of La Paz as the bus goes down the mountain in to the depth of the town.
Beware your luggage on arrival and take a taxi to your hotel as the area between teh bus terminal and the centre of town is not very safe.
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Colectur Bus Line
To get from Puno to Copacabana is about a two hour bus ride. Colectur picked us up on time, was as comfortamle as a US school bus can be and took us right to the border. About all you can asy when driving in Bolivia during a strike risks being stoned to death.
Better still, the bus was waiting for us at the border after we hiked out, something I was worried about. So if you want reliable transportation with a view of the lake, Colectur fits the bill.
Buses TO and FROM Copacabana
It is rather straight forward to travel to Copacabana. I took a bus from Puno, Peru, and it took about 4hrs. It is very posible that you will get on a bus in Puno that goes to Copacabana/La Paz. When you later reach the fork in the road with one way going to La Paz and one going to Copacabana, you will meet up with another bus and the passengers from both buses will then be sorted into one bus going to La Paz and one to Copacabana.
When you reach the Bolivian boarder, you will all have to get off the bus and walk over the boarder. There is a little place where you can spend your last soles on some candy and also exchange soles and dollars into bolivianos (the exchange rate is actually not that bad). There is also a small bathroom here. Then you have to first go to the Peruvian boarder control to get your exit stamp. After you cross over the border, you will have to go to the Bolivian boarder control (on the left hand side) to get your entry stamp. It is forbidden to take pictures within the area. You will be able to leave most of your luggage on the bus during the walk, but bring your valuables with you.
When you then leave Copacabana to go to La Paz, be aware of that you have to cross a small strait (as the Copacabana area is not connected by land to the rest of Bolivia). The passage is rather fast, but be aware that it is not included in the bus price. Rather, the transportation of the bus over the straigth is included, but all passengers have to get off the buss and take a seperate ferry. Make sure you bring some change and your passport to go across with this ferry.
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