On this tour you’ll travel from Cusco to Puno on a comfortable bus and make stops at several interesting sites along the way. The whole tour lasts about nine hours.
- 10 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 7:00 AM, 7:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
This tour goes from Cusco to Puno. Your chariot is a first-class passenger bus equipped with air conditioning and TV/video. The bus personnel speak English and carry a satellite cell phone. This bus is safe, comfy, and punctual.
After leaving Cusco at 8:00 AM, you’ll travel a little over an hour before reaching Andahuaylillas. This town is known for its baroque church, which is referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of America.” This might be a bit hyperbolic, but the church certainly has wonderful frescoes adorning its walls.
The bus then continues on to the town of Raqchi. Raqchi hosts an ancient temple built by Inca Pachacútec. The temple has an adobe wall that’s nearly 300 feet (90 m) long and 50 feet (15 m) high—the wall was once a part of a large hall. Nearby are six squares, each of which has several stone buildings that were likely were used to house soldiers. The Raqchi site also has around 200 round stone houses that may have been used to hold supplies of potatoes, corn, and quinoa.
The next stop is a buffet lunch in the highland town of Sicuani. The restaurant has a family atmosphere and is a good place to relax and fill up on tasty Peruvian food.
After enjoying your lunch you’ll get back on the bus and drive for another 2.5 hours until you reach the small town of Pucará. En route you’ll pass La Raya Pass, which is set at an altitude of 14,232 feet (4,338 m) and is very scenic. Once you arrive in Pucará you’ll visit a museum that has a nice assortment of monoliths, ceramics, zoomorphic sculptures, and other objects from the ancient Pucará culture that once lived here.
The bus arrives in Puno at 5:00 PM.
Please note that this tour does not include transportation to/from your hotel and bus station in Cusco or Puno. This service must be booked separately.
What to Bring
Comfortable clothing, camera, sunglasses, and book.
Transportation, buffet lunch, and entrance fees to attractions. Transportation between hotel and bus station.
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Great Tour Guide, but a long trip
Long bus ride made great with the break up of different cultural sites.
Comfortable bus, and we thoroughly enjoyed the landscape. It is a great way to experience Peru.
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