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Puno to Yunguyo, Peru - 2 Hours In A Co-op Taxi Van Beside Lake Titicaca

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2009 September 2011   » View Photoset (48 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
From Puno I wanted to go to Copacabana on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. I have spent a few days at Copacabana on 3 occasions. On my first trip I
Peru Photo - The big hill overlooking Juli beside Lake Titicaca.
The big hill overlooking Juli beside Lake Titicaca.
came here from La Paz in the south, the other times from Puno in the north.

I Took The Wrong Bus

One time by mistake from Puno I got on the wrong bus which was going to Desaguadero on the other side of the lake from Copacabana instead of a bus to Yunguyo. Note: It is not a bus, it's a co-op taxi van! I didn't realise there were 2 border crossings in that general area. I had crossed the border before at Yunguyo and didn't recognise the town of Desaguadero when I got there. But I crossed the border into Bolivia, through immigration and customs and then asked a taxi to take me the short distance to Copacabana. But they said I had come through the wrong border crossing and I needed to go back into Peru and go around to Yunguyo which would take around an hour or so.

Then Backtracked

So I walked back into Peru without going through
Peru Photo - A wharf with Puno in the distance.
A wharf with Puno in the distance.
immigration and the taxi took me around to the Yunguyo border control. I got there and the 2 immigration officers looked through my passport and said that there was a problem because I had been in Peru illegally for the past hour. After they looked through my passport and thought about what they should do, they decided that if I gave them $10USD each there would be no more problem and I could go through without getting another stamp and because I was heading to La Paz after Copacabana, it would be OK! So I finally made it to Copacabana from Yunguyo in a short 10 minute taxi ride... eventually.

Lake Titicaca Scenery

The
Peru Photo - Farmland between Juli and Llave.
Farmland between Juli and Llave.
scenery alongside Lake Titicaca between Puno and Bolivia isn't bad. You will see the locals houses, farms, animals and crops beside the lake and fishing nets in the water. Plus jagged rock formations in the backdrop. Cross the border into Bolivia and it becomes more beautiful. On my third occasion passing through Yunguyo in 2011 I saw a little more of the town including the monuments and church around the plaza. I sat down at a restaurant nearby and had soup for lunch before crossing into Bolivia. In 2012 I did another journey beside Lake Titicaca, this time from Desaguadero up to Puno and Juliaca, then onto Arequipa. It took 9hrs 30mins in all. I enjoyed again the beautiful views out on the right-hand side of the lake, fields and hills and the sight of local people living from the land.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Puno to Bolivian Border (Peru) to:


Map location: Puno to Bolivian Border, Peru. I have done this trip several times in each direction and it's always awesome because of the scenery around the lake! This is the way from Peru to Copacabana in Bolivia!
 A : Copacabana - Bolivia 14 kms 14 kms straight distance | 40mins 40mins by car (24 kms) | 48mins 48mins by bus (24 kms) (24 kms)
 B : La Paz to Desaguadero - Bolivia 31 kms 31 kms straight distance | 58mins 58mins by car (56 kms) | 1hr 9mins 1hr 9mins by bus (56 kms) (56 kms)
 C : La Paz to Copacabana - Bolivia 65 kms 65 kms straight distance | 2hrs 30mins 2hrs 30mins by car (107 kms) | 3hrs 3hrs by bus (107 kms) (107 kms)
 D : Puno / Juliaca - Peru 105 kms 105 kms straight distance | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by car (129 kms) | 2hrs 38mins 2hrs 38mins by bus (129 kms) (129 kms)
 E : La Paz - Bolivia 108 kms 108 kms straight distance | 2hrs 49mins 2hrs 49mins by car (159 kms) | 3hrs 22mins 3hrs 22mins by bus (159 kms) (159 kms)
 F : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 216 kms 216 kms straight distance | 4hrs 52mins 4hrs 52mins by car (314 kms) | 5hrs 50mins 5hrs 50mins by bus (314 kms) (314 kms)
 G : Tacna - Peru 227 kms 227 kms straight distance | 5hrs 59mins 5hrs 59mins by car (340 kms) | 7hrs 10mins 7hrs 10mins by bus (340 kms) (340 kms)
 H : Oruro - Bolivia 281 kms 281 kms straight distance | 5hrs 14mins 5hrs 14mins by car (352 kms) | 6hrs 16mins 6hrs 16mins by bus (352 kms) (352 kms)
 I : Chile Border to Tacna - Peru 261 kms 261 kms straight distance | 6hrs 42mins 6hrs 42mins by car (384 kms) | 8hrs 2mins 8hrs 2mins by bus (384 kms) (384 kms)
 J : Arica - Chile 272 kms 272 kms straight distance | 6hrs 57mins 6hrs 57mins by car (396 kms) | 8hrs 20mins 8hrs 20mins by bus (396 kms) (396 kms)
 K : Arequipa - Peru 258 kms 258 kms straight distance | 7hrs 10mins 7hrs 10mins by car (418 kms) | 8hrs 36mins 8hrs 36mins by bus (418 kms) (418 kms)
 L : Cochabamba - Bolivia 333 kms 333 kms straight distance | 8hrs 8mins 8hrs 8mins by car (495 kms) | 9hrs 45mins 9hrs 45mins by bus (495 kms) (495 kms)
 M : Iquique to Arica to Peru Border - Chile 369 kms 369 kms straight distance | 8hrs 58mins 8hrs 58mins by car (566 kms) | 10hrs 45mins 10hrs 45mins by bus (566 kms) (566 kms)
 N : Rurrenabaque - Bolivia 269 kms 269 kms straight distance | 11hrs 43mins 11hrs 43mins by car (579 kms) | 14hrs 3mins 14hrs 3mins by bus (579 kms) (579 kms)
 O : Camana - Peru 382 kms 382 kms straight distance | 8hrs 56mins 8hrs 56mins by car (625 kms) | 10hrs 43mins 10hrs 43mins by bus (625 kms) (625 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.


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