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Maria
Sao Paulo

Machu Picchu, Uyuni, Cusco

What's the best way to go from Cuzco to Uyuni?

I'm going to Cuzco on May 17th for a 15 days trip... Me and my girls we will see Machu Picchu in Cuzco, then we want to go to Uyuni.  

What is the best way to travel from Cuzco to Uyuni?


7 Answers

top answer by
Terry from Buffalo (New York)

Best scenic way with time is to go from Cusco to Puno and stay in one of the islands or lake neighboring communities.. enter Boliva by crossing Lake Titicaca, stay there for a day or two...  through to La Paz another day or two... and then fly to Sucre or Potosi (Bolivia)... and you will be in the entrance to Uyuni.... WOW UYUNI!!!! A slice of Heaven!

As for easier routes, just fly from Cusco to La Paz or Csco to Juliaca and make the lake crossing...  Flights from La Paz to Potosi or Sucre are not very expensive but alas, flights can be unreliable due to weather...


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Puno (attraction)
  2. Lake Titicaca (region)
  3. La Paz (attraction)
  4. Sucre (city)
  5. Potosi (Bolivia) (city)
  6. Juliaca (city)
  7. Cusco (city)
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answered by
Gustavo Andrés from Lima (Peru)

Hi Maria, I just arrived (today at the time this is being posted) from Bolivia, throught Puno and Juliaca. Altough the answers above are very kind and nice, I would like to complement them with travel cheap adventures. 

The only airplane you need to take is one to Juliaca, that's your destination for going to amazing places on the South part of Peru and the entire Bolivia

Land on Juliaca and take a taxi for not more than s./8 soles to the terminal where the colectivos will take you for not more than s.3.5 soles to Puno. When you get to Puno, be sure to arrive at the front of the Puno Train Station. You can have a nice meal on the town's market for only s.4 soles and keep on going. 

Find your way to the "Plaza de Armas" and take a taxi there that takes you to the terminal where you'll get another "colectivo" that will take you to Yunguyo, the southest part of Puno and the closest to the Bolivia's border with Perú. This "colectivo" should not cost more than s./8 soles. 

By this time, you are now at the border with Bolivia for no more than... s./20 soles? Amazing right? 

After cruising the border, exchange some USD or Soles to Bolivianos and take the colectivo to Copacabana for not more than 4bs. (Four bolivianos). Enjoy Copacabana's Lake Titicaca and be sure to visit Isla del Sol and stay there for one night. It is awesome!!


PRO TIP: If you are in Puno, do not forget to visit the Uros Islands and eat a fried Trout. Delicious. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Puno (attraction)
  2. Juliaca (city)
  3. Peru (country)
  4. Bolivia (country)
  5. Plaza de Armas (attraction)
  6. Yunguyo (city)
  7. Lake Titicaca (region)
  8. Isla del Sol (island)
  9. Uros Islands (attraction)
  10. Copacabana (city)
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answered by
Pablo from Buenos Aires

Oi María,

You can take a flight from Cusco (may be you stop in La Paz) to Sucre and from Sucre you can go by bus to Potosi (Bolivia).Potosi is good do an stop to rest and meet the place.
Then you can take another bus to Uyuni to finally contract a tour there.

Otherwise you can do it all by bus but I have to warn you that is a long trip, could be around 32 hours and you have to take that 2 buses. Being like this:
Cusco to La Paz
La Paz to Uyuni

Perú is very well prepared for tourism but Bolivia is more "rustic" and with children could be difficult sometimes.


Boa sorte!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. La Paz (city)
  2. Sucre (city)
  3. Potosi (Bolivia) (city)
  4. Uyuni (city)
  5. Cusco (city)
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answered by
Tess from Columbus

Noticed that the original poster is in Brazil. I just want to point out that for citizens of the US - and others - there is a visa fee to enter Bolivia. You will need $135 cash. On my recent trip to Peru, we briefly considered popping over to Bolivia for the day, but when we learned the cost of entry, we stayed in Peru.


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answered by
Manolo from Lima, Peru

You can go by bus from Cusco to La Paz, the in La Paz you take another bus to Uyuni.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. La Paz (city)
  2. Uyuni (city)
  3. Cusco (city)
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answered by
Patricia from Nuweiba

I have done this trip in 2 months, I would suggest to check if there are any local airplanes to make distance smaller. Trains and busses are very slow and will take lots of time.


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answered by
Pejman from Vancouver

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Puno (attraction)
  2. La Paz (attraction)
  3. Cochabamba (attraction)
  4. Oruro (city)
  5. Uyuni (city)




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