I spent a few days in Bolivia while I was travelling from Cusco in Peru to Arequipa. Rather than going straight from Cusco to Arequipa I went from Cusco to La Paz by bus – the worst and longest (20 h!) bus trip I ever had in my life. I spent a few days in La Paz where I also visited the Moon Valley, the Chacaltaya Mountain, which was an amazing trip, and did some city sightseeing. On the way from La Paz back to Peru I took another (much, much better) bus which passed by Copacabana on the Titi Caca Lake where I visited Isla del Sol, a little island around 1h by boat from Copacabana. The bus company was Peru Hop which nicely integrated the island trip in their way from Copacabana to Puno. We arrived in Puno just in time for dinner and from there headed straight to Arequipa where we arrived early in the morning.
I decided against visiting the Salar de Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flats) this time as there are lots of safety issues with the Bolivian tour operators. Of course there may always be concerning stories if you search for them but to be honest, what I had seen in Bolivia so far, all these stories are entirely plausible. The drivers are not well trained and wearing a seatbelt is a concept not really known in Bolivia. Hence, almost no bus actually has seatbelts at the backseats. So I will visit the salt flats from Chile next time I am in Latin America – more trustworthy companies! Anyway, Bolivia is really worth seeing! To read more about La Paz, click here or click on any of the below for suggestions of things to do around La Paz :)
Things to do in La Paz
And if you decide to take the bus from La Paz to Puno (Peru) or the other way around you will most likely stop at Copacabana, a small town at the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. Read the below posts to make the most of your stopover!