My wife and I, plus two of our friends, are travelling to a few places across Peru and Bolivia (plus Buenos Aires) for 3.5 weeks - most of the trip is planned, but we're hoping for a bit of advice for one section spanning Cusco, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia!
Here's what we were thinking (and only the first day leaving Cusco and the last day, leaving for Uyuni, are set in stone)...
Day 1: Leave Cusco at night for an overnight trip (Bolivia Hop Bus) ...
Day 3: Do a trip out to Isla del Sol, get back to Copacabana in time for the 6pm Bolivia Hop Bus to La Paz... arrive in La Paz at 10:30pm.
Day 4: La Paz
Day 5: La Paz
Day 6: La Paz
Day 7: La Paz
Day 8: La Paz, then overnight bus from La Paz to Uyuni
Also, after a three day tour of the Salt Flats, we're catching a night bus back from Uyuni to La Paz, then we'll have that whole day in La Paz, then we stay the night and fly out early the next day... so that's one more (tired) day in La Paz... a lot of time in La Paz!
So here are some key questions:
- Is it okay to rush through Puno, in and out within a few hours? We've heard it's just a tourist trap and it wasn't originally in our plan - we just added it in because the Bolivia Hop Bus stops there anyway.
- Should we stick to the Bolivia Hop Bus? We've read good things, and we like that they can guide us through the border and give decent advice on stuff.
- Should we cut one of the nights in La Paz to stay overnight on Isla del Sol? We've struggled to find some decent accommodation, and we've read that there are some local issues with crossing from the south to the north. Is it worth just heading over on the morning ferry and coming back in the afternoon for the 6pm bus to La Paz? Can we do a bit of hiking, catch some views and see some ruins in that time?
- Coroico looks pretty interesting - would it be worth dropping off some days in La Paz to head out to Coroico? And how long would we need to make it worth it? Especially if we were to fit in the La Senda Wildlife Sanctuary..? How would this fit in?
We're heading out in just over three weeks, so we'd really appreciate any advice from keen travellers who have set foot in these places!
Thanks in advance! :)