Visiting Puno &

Getting Around

Arequipa and the country of Bolivia; however, it doesn't have a relevant connection with the capital of Peru, Lima. Despite the fact that Peru is a relatively small country, it can take about 20 hours to reach the city of Puno from Lima via Arequipa (818 miles - 1,310 kms.) and about 24 hours via Cusco (820 miles - 1,313 kms.)

Puno can be visited by air, by land, and via Titicaca Lake if coming from La Paz, Bolivia. The Airport Inca Manco Capac of Juliaca receives direct flights from Lima and Cusco. The port of Puno receives small catamarans coming from La Paz. (This is a tourist service with stops at a few islands on the way.) The cities of Juliaca and Puno can be accessed by road from Cusco, Puerto Maldonado, and Arequipa. It is important to know that the Panamerica Route doesn't include the Region of Puno. Also, there are several roads in bad condition which shouldn't be traveled. (You should ask for advice before planning a road trip in Peru.)

The city of Puno is small; however, moving around in it or traveling by road from or to other cities in Peru can be a challenge due to the complicated layout of the city and its aggressive drivers. Also, if you don't speak Spanish and/or you aren't a very cautious or defensive driver, it is better to hire someone else for the task. Walking around downtown Puno during the day is fairly safe. (Travelers still need to be cautious, as they would in any other major city around the world.) At night, it is better to hire the services of a trustworthy company to take you around.

Inca Manco Capac Airport - Juliaca

  • Location: Av. Aviacion s/n,District of Juliaca,Province of San Roman,Region of Puno
  • Phone: +51 51 32-8974
  • Arrivals and Departures: This airport receives direct flights from Cusco and Lima. All domestic departures and arrivals can be checked at the CORPAC site.
  • Highlights: This is a small airport with a bookstore, a few handcraft stores, a drug store, and some coffee shops (before passing security and afterwards) .
  • Transportation From and To: If transportation hasn't beenarrangedto takethetraveler to his/her accommodations, anunauthorized taxishouldn't be hired. (The percentage of travelers robbed is high.) Ask for an authorized taxi driver inside the airport. If pick up is arranged through a tour company,the reliability of the provider should be triple-checked to avoid disappointments. A private ride from the airport to the city of Puno costs around USO 35.00 - 15.00 (depending on the quality of the service) .
  • Airlines: Lan Peru (Jr. Tacna 299,Puno Province and District), Avianca (Centro Comercial Real Plaza (first level), Jiron Tumbes 391, Suite LC-105, Province of San Roman,District of Juliaca)

Average Flight Duration

Arequipa (Stop in Cusco or Lima)

3 hours and 30 minutes


1 huor


1 hour and 30 minutes

Visiting Puno by Road & Getting Around


Puno is an important tourist destination and many travelers include Titicaca Lake in their itineraries when going from Arequipa to Cusco and vice versa. Highway 34A, which covers the route from Arequipa to Juliaca or Puno and from those points to Cusco (Highway 3-S) has one lane per side and some areas are curvywith steep drop-offs. Drivers need to be very cautious when traveling by road; it is not recommended to travel at night. Also, Juliaca and Puno can be reached coming from Chivay where the Colca Canyon is located.

There are dozens of bus companies operating the route to Puno and Juliaca but not all of them have been authorized to operate and most importantly aren't safe for traveling. Below is a list of bus companies which are known to offer a good service:

  • Expreso Cruz del Sur: It provides different quality services, the most comfortable being the Cruzero service (bed-style seats) . A cheaper option is the Imperial service, which is next in quality and comfort. Cruz del Sur is located in Arturo Ibañez s/n (near Ave.Andres Avelino Caceres), Parque Industrial, Arequipa.
  • Expreso Internacional Ormeño: It provides a bed-style seat service. Ormeño has its main office in Arturo Ibanez s/n (near Ave. Andres Avelino Caceres), Parque Industrial,Arequipa.
  • Peru Tour Bus: It offers direct rides from Cusco to Puno and vice versa as well as Puno to Copacabana in Bolivia and vice versa. The buses are comfortable with reclining seats at a good price. Its main office in Puno is located in the General Bus Station of Puno located at Ave. Simon Bolivar s/n, Puno District.
  • 4M Express: It provides a tourist service with stops in some places of interest. It covers the following routes: Puno to Colca (Chivay) and Puno to Arequipa. It doesn't have an office in Puno.
  • Inka Express: It provides a tourist service with stops in some places of interest. It covers the route: Puno to Cusco and vice versa. It doesn't have an office in Puno.

Distances & Average Driving Time driving from and to Lima

Capacabana, Bolivia

143 kilometers - 3 hours and 30 min


389 kilometers - 6 hours by road

Chivay (Colca Canyon)

276 kilometers - 4 hours and 30 min

Ica (via Arequipa)

1022 kilometers - 16 hours

Juliaca Airport

48 km - 1 hour

La paz, Bolivia

263 km - 6 hours

Lima (via Arequipa)

1315 kilometers - 21 hours

Nasca (via Arequipa)

864 kilometers - 14 hours

Paracas (via Arequipa)

1076 kilometers - 17 hours and 30 min

Puerto Inka (via Arequipa)

693 kilometers - 12 hours

Puerto Maldonado

588 kilometers - 16 hours

Tacna (via Moquegua)

396 kilometers - 8 hours

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