up to 3hrs. The bus doesn't leave from the main terminal in La Paz, it leaves from up the hill quite a bit, take a taxi there. The bus climbs
out of La Paz, the view of the city is awesome, stopping a couple of times at the top of the chasm to pick up more people. The main road out of
the La Paz area is busy, dirty and polluted with vehicle fumes, you will see a huge outdoor market on this road on the left side. Gradually
getting into the countryside about 60-70kms out of La Paz you will begin to see the lake and beautiful snow-capped mountains also on the left.
Around 40 minutes later the bus stops at the lake and drives onto a barge while the passengers head across on a boat to San Pedro de Tiquina,
it takes about 15 minutes, there is a small charge for the ride. There will probably be a beggar sitting right by the ticket booth too. In
Tiquina I saw a woman with a pet cat on a leash, funny. From there it is a matter of driving around the lake for a while, the views of the
islands are great, there are some small communities on the shore. Within 45 minutes you will be winding down the road, passing many coca fields and arriving in Copacabana! If traveling from Copacabana to La Paz, buses leave from the street outside the soccer stadium, buy a ticket at
the bus for 15 Bolivianos, not 25 Bolivianos from a ticket agent. From Copacabana it's 151kms to La Paz and 38kms to San Pedro de Tiquina.
The views of the lake and snowy mountains are on the right in this direction. In San Pedro de Tiquina there are a couple of monuments, one called
Campana del Chaco 1932-1935 and another of an Inca warrior dressed in red with his arms up in the air. After crossing the lake to the other side it becomes San Pablo de Tiquina. There are a couple of monuments on this side also, one to Don Eduardo Avaroa, a hero in the War of the Pacific in 1879. The other monument is to Don Pedro Domingo Murillo (1757-1810), he was the main conspirator and leader of the La Paz uprising on July 16 1809. From San Pablo de Tiquina it is 112kms to La Paz.
Distances & times (if available) from a point on the journey from La Paz to Copacabana (Bolivia) to: A : La Paz - Bolivia 47 kms
| 1hr 33mins | 1hr 51mins (52 kms) B : Copacabana - Bolivia 64 kms
| 2hrs 14mins | 2hrs 40mins (96 kms) C : Puno to Bolivian Border - Peru 65 kms
| 2hrs 30mins | 3hrs (107 kms) D : La Paz to Desaguadero - Bolivia 61 kms
| 2hrs 4mins | 2hrs 28mins (109 kms) E : Puno / Juliaca - Peru 169 kms
| 4hrs 29mins | 5hrs 22mins (231 kms) F : Oruro - Bolivia 236 kms
| 4hrs | 4hrs 48mins (267 kms) G : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 276 kms
| 6hrs 12mins | 7hrs 26mins (406 kms) H : Cochabamba - Bolivia 273 kms
| 6hrs 46mins | 8hrs 7mins (411 kms) I : Tacna - Peru 269 kms
| 7hrs 18mins | 8hrs 45mins (439 kms) J : Rurrenabaque - Bolivia 233 kms
| 10hrs 23mins | 12hrs 27mins (470 kms) K : Chile Border to Tacna - Peru 300 kms
| 8hrs | 9hrs 36mins (476 kms) L : Arica - Chile 309 kms
| 8hrs 25mins | 10hrs 6mins (530 kms) M : Arequipa - Peru 323 kms
| 9hrs 4mins | 10hrs 52mins (532 kms) N : Camana - Peru 448 kms
| 9hrs 53mins | 11hrs 51mins (665 kms) O : Iquique to Arica to Peru Border - Chile 390 kms
| 9hrs 16mins | 11hrs 7mins (706 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions,
the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river
crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in
the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.