Follow the different ‘Hopstages’ of our route to see the different highlights at each of our destinations.
HOPSTAGE 1: Puno to Copacabana
The first 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: EVERY DAY 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 2: Copacabana to La Paz
Leave Copacabana, the beautiful little town on Lake Titicaca and venture further into Bolivia to the huge spellbinding city of La Paz.
The Cultural Route
Copacabana to La Paz is not a very long journey however it does include the Tiquina lake crossing. Here you’ll get a short break from the bus to enjoy a passenger ferry across the Strait of Tiquina where you can also get some stunning snaps form the water. Boat fare is included with your Peru Hop pass.
Top Things to Do in La Paz
Take the newly constructed city Teleferico (cable car) for the most stunning views of the city.
Visit the infamous witch market and buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Learn the history of the coca leaf and its continued use in indigenous culture in the Coca Museum.
Feel on top of the world scaling the infamous peak of Huayna Potosi – 6000+m (3 days).
Top Thing to Do in La Paz Bike the Infamous Death Road – One of Bolivia’s biggest attractions, this activity is not for the faint hearted. Death Road is perfect for any adrenaline-loving travellers and is among the most challenging activities you can do in South America.
Peru Hop Departure Details
Departures: EVERY DAY Departures From: White Anchor in Copacabana port Departure Time: 18:00pm Arrival Time: 22:30pm
Recommended Nights in La Paz:
We recommend staying 2-3 nights in La Paz. This will give you the chance to fully explore the beautiful city and do any of the many activities available in La Paz.
Drop-off: Any hotel/hostel in central La Paz. Click here to view map. (Cannot include districts such as Sopocachi, Zona Sur, airport)
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 Puno on a Monday and arrive to La Paz on the same night.
2. Read ACROSS → for next bus if you want to stay longer (hop off).
HOP STAGE 1
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 2
COPACABANA TO LA PAZ
TIQUINA FERRY CROSSING
LA PAZ (ARRIVE)
*DEPARTURE POINT FROM COPACABANA: WHITE ANCHOR – Please don’t be late or you will miss this bus!
ARRIVAL LA PAZ: Hotel/hostel drop-off.
END OF 2018 BREAK
Bolivia Hop will run as normal at the end of 2018 except on:
PUNO - COPACABANA NO BUS ON: 23-26 DEC; 31 DEC; 01 JAN
COPACABANA - LA PAZ NO BUS ON: 23-26 DEC; 31 DEC; 01 JAN
NEXT BUS DEPARTING PUNO: THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019
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.
RAINY SEASON 2019 BREAK
JANUARY - buses restart JANUARY and run for several weeks before closing for rainy season.
LAST BUS DEPARTING PUNO: TUESDAY 05 FEBRUARY (ARRIVE LA PAZ: TUE 05 FEB)
MUST follow the minimum recommended schedule - hop-offs to stay longer are not permitted
NEXT BUS DEPARTING PUNO: SATURDAY 02 MARCH
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!