Follow the different ‘Hopstages’ of our route to see the different highlights at each of our destinations.
HOPSTAGE 1: Cusco to Puno
Puno is our first stop after departing from Cusco, the enthralling city famously known as the gateway to Machu Picchu. It is only a few hours away and is right by the highest lake in the world – Lake Titicaca, a must-visit for anyone in Peru.
The Culture Route
Upon arrival in Puno, we’ll enjoy a delicious yet cheap Peruvian breakfast. Afterward, for those that wish, we recommend the early morning boat ride out to the famous floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca (optional extra tour).
Top Things to Do in Puno
Night Stay on Isla Amantani at a local homestay. For more info. just ask your guide.
Visit the captivating Sillustani burial towers.
Kayak on the highest navigable lake in the world.
Top Thing to Do in Puno Floating Islands Tour – See how locals build and live on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
Peru Hop Departure Details
Departures: EVERY DAY Departures From: Peru Hop Private terminal just 10/15 minutes from hotels (address will be provided on booking confirmation). Departure Time: 22:00pm Arrival Time: 06:00am (next day)
Recommended Nights in Puno:
We recommend staying 1 night in Puno. Puno is a small place with not much to do apart from visiting the Uros floating islands, Isla Taquile, and Isla Amantani on Lake Titicaca. Overnight stays on Isla Amantani are possible for those who want to explore more of the islands. We can help you book your accommodation.
Drop-off: Any hostel/hotel in central Puno (within 1km of Plaza de Armas).
HOPSTAGE 2: Puno to Copacabana
The next part of our journey takes you from Puno to Copacabana. Both popular for being by Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world, yet both in different countries.
The Cultural Route
This scenic part of the route is arguably one of the most beautiful. It is also the only part of our journey where you’ll cross from one country to another! For the Peru/Bolivia border crossing, our guides will assist you with the necessary paperwork and immigration processes for crossing. Check with our office before departure for nationalities that may require additional VISA requirements. Please have your passport and immigration slips in order. Overstay fines should be paid before leaving.
Top Things to Do in Copacabana
Climb ‘El Calvario’ hill for amazing panoramic views of Lake Titicaca (sunset).
Visit the sacred church and pilgrimage centre of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Copacabana.
Hire a kayak or duck-shaped pedalow and head out onto the lake.
Relax lakeside with a cold beer and dine on the local speciality of freshly caught lake trout.
Top Thing to Do in Copacabana Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun) – According to Inca legend this small island in the middle of Lake Titicaca was home to their most revered god, Inti, and was the mythical birthplace of the first Inca ancestors. A 4 hour round trip in our private boat takes you out to see the ancestral terracing and ruins of the southern part of the island as well as the existing island communities (includes a 1 hour walk from the original sun temple to the small island town of Yumani). Includes island entrance fee.
Peru Hop Departure Details
Departures: DAILY Departures From: Any hotel/hostel in central Puno. Departure Time: 08:30am Arrival Time: 13:30pm
Recommended Nights in Copacabana:
We recommend staying 1 night in Copacabana. There’s not too much to do here but one night is optimal for any tours or activities you might be interested in doing around Lake Titicaca. We can help you book your accommodation.
Drop-off: Copacabana is a small village. Central drop-off/pick-up point used in Copacabana due to its small size and limited access. Meeting point is the White Anchor by the port, within a few minutes walk of all major hotels/hostels.
HOPSTAGE 3: COPACABANA TO CUSCO
DEPARTURES: EVERY DAY DEPARTURES FROM: White Anchor in Copacabana port. DEPARTURE TIME: 17:00pm ARRIVAL TIME: 06:00am (next day)
STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:
Bolivia/Peru border – Our guides will assist you with the necessary paperwork and immigration processes to cross the border. Please have your passport and immigration slips in order.
Quick dinner stop in the center of Puno before the overnight leg from Puno to Cusco.
We recommend staying 3-4 nights in Cusco.
MUST-DO EXTRA ACTIVITY:
Machu Picchu Tour – Do either a trek (Classic Inca Trail or Salkantay), or maybe a combined trek/biking tour (Inka Jungle Trek) or train in and back (can be done as a full day but 2 days staying the night before in Aguas Calientes advised).
OTHER THINGS TO DO:
Explore the historic city of Cusco.
Venture to the Sacred Valley.
Go white water rafting (Urubamba/Apurimac rivers).
For legal reasons, big buses cannot drive in the historical centre of Cusco. Peru Hop Private Terminal is the drop off point. Click here to view map.
Plan your Itinerary
Simply choose your preferred departure date and get your personal timetable within a second. Follow that recommended schedule to see and do it all at the perfect pace or hop off and stay anywhere longer! Feel free to download, print and share it with your friends!
NOTE: The itinerary planner does not factor in any break periods we have (e.g. around Christmas and the fact that we do not operate buses in February). Please check the important notes section under each pass for more information about this.
1. Read DOWN ↓ for recommended bus plan based on our expertise. Example: Leave Cusco on a Sunday and arrive back to Cusco the following Wednesday.
2. Read ACROSS → for next bus if you want to stay longer (hop off).
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PUNO:2-Hour Floating Islands Tour at 6:30am at Lake Titicaca. Visit the floating islands and continue with bus to Bolivia the same morning or hop off in Puno and stay longer… Full Day or Homestay Tours (1 night) are also available.
Basic breakfast stop on arrival to Puno.
HOP STAGE 2
PUNO TO COPACABANA
*MAIN ACTIVITY IN COPACABANA:Isla del Sol boat trip (4hr round trip). Departs 14:00pm from the White Anchor. Returns in time for our bus the same day. Or stay on the island and return the next day.
HOP STAGE 3
COPACABANA TO CUSCO
LEAVE TOWARDS CUSCO
DEPARTURE POINT FROM COPACABANA: WHITE ANCHOR – Please don’t be late or you will miss the bus!
MAIN ACTIVITY IN CUSCO: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Tours and Treks.
END OF 2018 BREAK
Bolivia Hop will run as normal at the end of 2018 except on:
CUSCO - PUNO NO BUS ON: 22-25 DEC; 30-31 DEC; 01 JAN
PUNO - COPACABANA NO BUS ON: 23-26 DEC; 31 DEC; 01 JAN
COPACABANA - PUNO NO BUS ON: 23-26 DEC; 31 DEC; 01 JAN
PUNO - CUSCO NO BUS ON: 23-26 DEC; 31 DEC; 01 JAN
NEXT BUS DEPARTING CUSCO: TUESDAY 1 JANUARY 2019
RAINY SEASON 2019 BREAK
JANUARY - buses restart JANUARY and run for several weeks before closing for rainy season.
LAST BUS DEPARTING CUSCO: SUNDAY 03 FEBRUARY (ARRIVE CUSCO: WED 06 FEB)
MUST follow the minimum recommended schedule - hop-offs to stay longer are not permitted
NEXT BUS DEPARTING CUSCO: FRIDAY 01 MARCH
14 APRIL - 20 APRIL 2019 SEMANA SANTA
Easter weekend holidays. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. We will not be able to assist you booking any accommodations during this period. Please book in advance.
27, 28 & 29 JULY 2019 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS (PERU)
Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!