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Cusco to Puno Bus transportations VIP Tourist Service provided by Inka Express

Cusco to Puno Bus transportations VIP Tourist Service

Cusco to Puno Bus transportations VIP Tourist Service
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About
This tour  Cusco to Puno bus Inka Express, also known as the ‘Sun Route’ lasts approximately 10 hours, in the course we will have 4 stops in tourist places and visit with the guide to each tourist attraction such as the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the pass of the Raya at 4335 meters above sea level and the Inka Aymara museum of Pukara. Each visit lasts 20 to 40 minutes, where the passenger can ask questions, take pictures and explore the attraction at their own discretion, making this experience an unforgettable activity. Buffet lunch: It consists of foods from the Andes with which they prepare typical food and international Novo Andina food, the diet includes legumes, grains, red and white meats, varieties of salads, a selection of desserts and a variety of hot drinks. which are served in a comfortable restaurant typical of the city of Sicuani.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  • Departure Cusco to Puno bus • Bus departs from Av. Alameda Pachacuteq 499-B. Cusco at 06:50am Arrival • Bus arrives to Puno’s Earth Terminal at 05:00 pm. 6:50 am — Departure (Cusco) — 3400 meters of altitude. Av. Alameda Pachacuteq 499-B. Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of America 7:40 am  — 3122 meters of altitude. There, you will find the church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century.  Like other Spanish and religious constructions of the time, it was built on top of a huaca or sacred place for the Incas. Made of adobe and brick, the  church is a small structure consisting of a single nave, apse and bell tower. But there is a reason why it is known as the “ Sistine Chapel of America“. Raqchi  “Temple of Wiracocha” 10:00 am — 3450 meters of altitude. The most important building within the complex is the “Wiracocha temple” that according to the ancient chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honor of the invisible Superior God of the Andean people: “Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha”. The “Wiracocha Temple” is a great construction for that age. Architecturally it is classified as “Kallanka”, that is, a tall building completely covered with straw (wood and “ichu”). Externally it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meters wide (83 feet). Marangani Buffet Lunch 11:35 am — 3552 meters altitude. Sicuani is a relatively large city of the highlands. The city is an important intersection, with the road to Puno / Arequipa passing through here. This city is surrounded by beautiful snowy hills. Afterwards, you have a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with a family atmosphere. La Raya 12:50 pm — 4335 meters of altitude. Abra La Raya (La Raya) is the watershed between the valley that flows into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4,338 meters (14,232 feet). Pucará Museum 2:30 pm — 3900 meters of altitude. Pucará was the first regional population nucleus in the Titicaca basin north of the lake during the Late Formative Period (500 BC-200 AD), which provides valuable information about the origins of the Andean civilization in the highlands. During its heyday it covered more than a square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, shepherds, and possibly warriors. The Pucará style is identified by impressive monolithic sculptures with a variety of geometric, zoomorphic, and more intricate anthropomorphic images, multi-colored ceramics in a variety of ritual and domestic forms. Bus terminal Puno 5:00 pm – Arrival (Puno) – 3800 meters of altitude.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
  • Departure Cusco to Puno bus • Bus departs from Av. Alameda Pachacuteq 499-B. Cusco at 06:50am Arrival • Bus arrives to Puno’s Earth Terminal at 05:00 pm. 6:50 am — Departure (Cusco) — 3400 meters of altitude. Av. Alameda Pachacuteq 499-B. Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of America 7:40 am  — 3122 meters of altitude. There, you will find the church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century.  Like other Spanish and religious constructions of the time, it was built on top of a huaca or sacred place for the Incas. Made of adobe and brick, the  church is a small structure consisting of a single nave, apse and bell tower. But there is a reason why it is known as the “ Sistine Chapel of America“. Raqchi  “Temple of Wiracocha” 10:00 am — 3450 meters of altitude. The most important building within the complex is the “Wiracocha temple” that according to the ancient chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honor of the invisible Superior God of the Andean people: “Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha”. The “Wiracocha Temple” is a great construction for that age. Architecturally it is classified as “Kallanka”, that is, a tall building completely covered with straw (wood and “ichu”). Externally it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meters wide (83 feet). Marangani Buffet Lunch 11:35 am — 3552 meters altitude. Sicuani is a relatively large city of the highlands. The city is an important intersection, with the road to Puno / Arequipa passing through here. This city is surrounded by beautiful snowy hills. Afterwards, you have a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with a family atmosphere. La Raya 12:50 pm — 4335 meters of altitude. Abra La Raya (La Raya) is the watershed between the valley that flows into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4,338 meters (14,232 feet). Pucará Museum 2:30 pm — 3900 meters of altitude. Pucará was the first regional population nucleus in the Titicaca basin north of the lake during the Late Formative Period (500 BC-200 AD), which provides valuable information about the origins of the Andean civilization in the highlands. During its heyday it covered more than a square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, shepherds, and possibly warriors. The Pucará style is identified by impressive monolithic sculptures with a variety of geometric, zoomorphic, and more intricate anthropomorphic images, multi-colored ceramics in a variety of ritual and domestic forms. Bus terminal Puno 5:00 pm – Arrival (Puno) – 3800 meters of altitude.
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Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Buffet lunch
  • Light refreshments
  • Driver/guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transportation Cusco toPuno
  • Guided visit to Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya and the Lithic Museum of Pucar
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees (Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Pucar
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pickup
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation in Puno
  • Extra expenses
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Inka Express, Alameda Pachacuteq 499, Cusco 08000, Peru
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Buffet lunch
  • Light refreshments
  • Driver/guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transportation Cusco toPuno
  • Guided visit to Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya and the Lithic Museum of Pucar
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees (Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Pucar
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pickup
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation in Puno
  • Extra expenses
Departure details
  • Inka Express, Alameda Pachacuteq 499, Cusco 08000, Peru
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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4.0
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Sarah1990
2 contributions
Fine trip, but for me, quality of guide/ sites visited were not worth extra transport time
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We decided to take the Inka Express instead of a normal 6 hr bus ride to Puno. We thought we’d learn a thing or two and it’d be nice to be able to stop and walk around rather than sit for 6 hrs straight. However, a few things made the Inka Express not worth it for me: 1) the guide was not good at keeping things on time. We left about an hour late (we spent 20 minutes waiting for passengers who hadn’t arrived, despite that the website says they leave 6:40 sharp; then they told us the door of the bus was broken so we had to go to the bus terminal to swap buses). And we arrived about an hour and a half to two hours behind schedule because each activity ran late as well. 2) The guide clearly stick to a script and was not super interesting or engaged. For example, as we approached Puno, and he described the city, he didn’t even mention that we were arriving for Candelaria, the largest celebration in a Peru and one of the largest celebrations in South America. 3) the day had a bit of a cat-herding feel to it. We were hoping we could walk around the towns we stopped in, get some blood moving, explore new places, but our guide was surprised when we asked him what time the bus was leaving so that we could go walk around and return on time. He suggested we stay with the group instead and didn’t really give us a sharp time estimate. The trip wasn’t bad- we learned some things, didn’t go stir crazy on a bus, and they gave us drinks along the way, but for me, spending 12 hrs doing that was not better than a straight 6 hr bus ride.
Written 12 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

T9-Orca
Seattle, WA633 contributions
A great way to get from Cusco to Puno (by bus), though underwhelming as a tour
The Inka Express “VIP Tourist Service” bus from Cusco to Puno is the way to go. As a tour, it has its moments, particularly at Parque Archeologico de Raqchi, but many of the stops are not that noteworthy. If instead of thinking of it as a tour, you think of it as a high-end bus trip from Cusco to Puno on a really good bus, with the added benefits of breaking up a long trip with an interesting archeological site (Raqchi), a good buffet lunch (at a bus company restaurant, Marangani), and a somewhat interesting church (Andahuaylillos), your expectations will be appropriately set. The quick stop at La Raya Pass (14,222 feet / 4,335 meters) is fun, but not special, while Pucara is disappointing, though a few of the exhibits are worth a look.

All in all, a good bus ride, an underwhelming tour. Nonetheless, if you are trying to get to Puno from Cusco, I do recommend doing so via this bus tour. The alternatives are much less appealing.

FYI, the Inka Express bus station is a 10 sole taxi ride from La Plaza de Armas, and is completely underwhelming - you might think you’re in the wrong place, but you’re not. Also note that booking this bus trip on the Inka Express web site can be difficult - if you have trouble, get a local travel agent to book it for you (or contact the Inka Express travel agency, which is in Cusco).
Written 3 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Las Buganvillas
Cartagena, Colombia766 contributions
Best way to travel from Cusco to Puno
Dec. 2019
The trip lasted almost ten hours, ut they do four stops with top notch guides, one a great example of Andean baroque, and three remnants of Inca and pre-inca civilization, as well as a lunch, so the time passes very quickly. They provide constant tea service and light refreshments. Above all, reclining seats are extremely comfortable.
Written 23 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hungry Dumpling
Hebden Bridge, UK27 contributions
A bit underwhelming
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Expected more considering the price and lonely planet recommendation. Ridiculous that they make you pay for drinks at the lunch which is included, when youve forked out $50 and 55 soles each the least you expect is some water with the meal! There are other tour operators.
Written 22 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AnonymousAU1985
London, UK47 contributions
Matteau was a fantastic guide
Oct. 2019
We took this tour bus from Cusco to Puno to eventually arrive at Lak Titikaka to break up the travel time and to see the Route of the Sun. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and Matteau (?) was an excellent guide - translating in English and Spanish and kept the attention of a multilingual group. Breaks are well timed and the group was regularly informed of the plan. Would recommend!
Written 19 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Antea
Zadar, Croatia4 contributions
Kevin was perfect guide.
This 10 hours trip from Cusco to Puno was perfect. Luxurious bus with comfortable seats. Guide speaking perfect english, explaining everything about places were we were and the culture. I recommend this bus to everyone.
Written 16 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

David D
Louisville, KY69 contributions
Great way to see some sights along the way!
May 2019 • Friends
This is a great affordable way to do some sightseeing as you're traveling from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. One of my party left her cell phone on the bus in Puno, and the next day we were contacted by the company, telling us they had found the phone. They arranged for us to pick it up in Puno. Much appreciated!
Written 30 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi David -- It´s great to hear that you enjoyed our service! And our team always keeps an eye out for items left behind on our buses... we´re happy to help :) Good luck with your future travels!
Written 25 September 2019
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Cătălin Constan... A
5 contributions
Very good
Jun. 2019 • Friends
We were a group of 4 friends. We made the best choise for this route...ruta del sol. Our guide Eli ( Elisabeth) was fantastic!! The drive was safe, and board service was very good. The places we've visited were great.
You can book without doubts.
Written 25 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello -- Thank you so much for the great review! We´re grateful to have Elizabeth on our team and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with her. Thank you for choosing Inka Express!!
Written 25 September 2019
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Xiomara B
Miami, FL50 contributions
Awesome way to travel in Peru.
May 2019 • Couples
We took the bus from Cusco to Puno. Elizabeth (Elisa) our guide was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable and interesting that she made a long bus ride feel quick with all her knowledgeable insight of the stops along the way. The bus was super comfortable too.
Written 29 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Xiomara -- So happy to hear you enjoyed Elizabeth! We´re certainly grateful to have her on our team. We´re glad you enjoyed our bus as well, each of which we have specially made for our company. Thank you for choosing Inka Express!
Written 25 September 2019
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Nele W
Essen, Germany3 contributions
Best bus journey ever
May 2019 • Solo
I took the Inka Express from Puno to Cusco today and it was such an enjoyable experience. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and I really liked the stops. They were beautiful and very interesting. Lunch was excellent and the bus super comfortable. The stewardess offered drinks regularly and with all the stops and the beautiful landscape the 10 hour journey just flew by. I can thoroughly recommend.
Written 25 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Nele -- Thank you so much for the kind words. We´re thrilled to hear time flew by... that´s our goal ;) We are very proud of country and love to share it with visitors. Thank you for choosing Inka Express!
Written 25 September 2019
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thjaller
thjaller
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Great way for transport to Cusco
The bus is comfortable and the service is nice. You have great service on board. Most of the stops are nice. One st
Leszek K
Leszek K
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Combination of bus and train to get to MachuPichu from Cusco
Very good service, nice clean buses and train cars. Attentioned personnel. Wonderfull expérience. Go for it.
Chup1Maya
Chup1Maya
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Impressive Guide, Kevin.
The long 10 hours journey felt like short because of the interesting places we visited along this journey. The best
Priscila N
Priscila N
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I recommend
I had a great trip from Cusco to Puno. A trip rich in history and full of great places to visit. The bus is confort
ceannrach
ceannrach
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Very poor communication and customer service
I can't review the actual service as we didn't use them in the end, but our experience of their customer service an
PeruAdvisor4
PeruAdvisor4
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Travel to Puno in Style!
I have enjoyed traveling on Inka Express multiple times. You get to visit Andayhuayllilas, Raqchi, La Raya, Pucar
JMK-Pittsburgh
JMK-Pittsburgh
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Great Way to Travel from Cusco to Puno
This was the only trip that I can recall taking where I could combine transportation with a tour. It worked out ve
Jasmine P
Jasmine P
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Amazing trip
I went on this trip with family. Usually I don’t write review but I do for this trip as it was amazing. The tour gu
MattEDC
MattEDC
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Great option for Cusco -> Puno
Felt like the best way to travel from Cusco to Puno. Affordable; comfortable seats; drinks on board; skilled driver
AnanyaKaushik
AnanyaKaushik
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Good service, good guide
It was an interesting journey with stops in between to conquer the boredom. You can shop or rest. The food was so s
susanwxc
susanwxc
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Nice one day trip to Puno
Our original bus (Bolivia Hop) was canceled 5 days before departure so we found Inka express literally in last minu
CLI319
CLI319
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Decent ride from Cusco to Puno
Our overnight Bolivia hop from Cusco to la Paz was cancelled so we had to find other ways to get to la Paz. The oth
JHD1951
JHD1951
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Wonderful experience and great value
A group of four of us took the Inka Express bus from Cusco to Puno at Lake Titicaca on December 27. It took about t
Rungioia
Rungioia
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Great ride to Cuzco
Very comfortable bus to Cuzco with interesting stops on the way. Guide was knowleadgable and good English speaker.
tlt2612
tlt2612
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Pleasant way to travel from Puno to Cusco
Though the sightseeing stops are not as spectacular as many of Peru's other sights, they are a nice way to break up