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Bus Tour from Cusco – Puno 1 day

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Trip Overview

This bus tour is a fantastic way to make the journey from Cusco to Puno while taking in the spectacular Andean scenery and pre-Inca and Inca sites. On this tour, you wil see the Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas, the Inca temple of Raqchi, and have a delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. You will also observe the wonderful views of the Andes from the high La Raya Pass and learn about the pre-Inca Pukara culture in the Museum of Pukara. This tour will open your eyes to a part of Peru missed by many tourists while you journey through Peru from Cusco to the gateway of Lake Titicaca, Puno.

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Summary

Places visited on this tour:

  • The Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas
  • Inca Complex of Raqchi
  • La Raya Pass  (4,335 m/14,300 ft) about sea level
  • The Museum of Pukara

Tours leave every Monday – Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Itinerary

Stop 1: The Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco early at 6:30 a.m. and transfer you to the private bus station. The bus will depart at 7:30 a.m. We will pass through some important neighbourhoods in the city of Cusco before arriving at our first stop, La Capilla de Andahuaylillas- The Sistine Chapel of the Americas. This journey will take approximately half an hour. Andahuaylillas is a small village famous for its Sistine chapel built in the 17th century. The chapel is a small structure consiting of one nave, aspe, and bell tower, made out of adobe and brick. Inside the chapel you will see beautiful murals of traditional Cusqueñan art, embroidery and carved altars. The tour of the chapel will take approximately 25 minutes, however you are not allowed to take photos or videos within the chapel. After visiting this chapel, we will continue travelling on the bus for approximately 2 hours to our next stop, Raqchi.

Stop 2: Inca Complex of Raqchi

Raqchi was the temple of the god Wiracocha- the main god of the Incas. In Raqchi we will be able to see some Incan granaries and observe the beautiful architecture of this time made of straw and mud bricks. The tour of Raqchi will take about 40 minutes. Here, you will be able to interract with the local Andean people while you explore this site. After this, we will continue for 40 minutes to Sicuani, a relatively large highland town. The town is at a  major intersection, with the road to Puno/Arequipa passing through here. In Sicuani, you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a friendly setting.

Stop 3: La Raya Pass

After lunch, we will continue on the bus to La Raya pass- the frontier between Cusco and Puno. This pass marks the boarder of the watershed between the valley that drains into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads down to Cusco. The elevation on this pass is (4335 metres/14,300 feet) above sea level. At this altitude we will be able to see the snow-capped peak of Chimboya. This place is also where the grand Amazonas river begins. Here you will have 10 minutes in which you can admire the view and take pictures of the beautiful scenery. We will provide you with Coca tea on the bus to help prevent altitude sickness.

Stop 4: The Museum of Pukara

We will continue travelling on the bus for 2-3 hours to our 4th stop, the Museum of Pukara. Pukara was the first regional population center in the northern Lake Titicaca Basin during the Late Formative Period (500 BC- AD 200). The Pukara culture provids us with valuable insights into the origins of Andean civilization in the highlands.  At this museum, you will see ceramics in the forms of animals, pottery from the Pukara time, as well as some of their famous sculptures. The tour of this museum will take half an hour. After the museum, we will drive for one more hour to our final destination, Puno. We will arrive in Puno at approximately 5:00 p.m. and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Price

Price: US $60 per person

Group Size: Up to 30  people

Included / Not Included

Included in the tour:

A bilingual tour guide
Buffet lunch in Sicuani- vegetarian option is available at no extra charge
Entrance fees for all the museums and archeological sites along the way
Bottled water, coffee and coca tea on the bus
First-aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle
Luggage transport/storage
Comfortable bus seats
Toilet on the bus
Air conditioning/ Heating
TV/Movies

Not Included:

Your hotel in Cusco or Puno
Breakfast and Dinner

What you need to take:

Your luggage
Hat
Sunscreen
Water Bottle
Cash (in nuevos soles)
Camera
A warm jacket

FAQ

How long is the tour?
The tour is from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How many stops does the bus make?
The bus makes four stops.

Does the bus have wifi?
Yes.

Are the meals included?
Lunch is included. Breakfast and dinner are not included on this tour.

Are the seats comfortable?
Yes.

Is the guide informative?
Yes, he will give you plenty of information about the places we will see.

Is there a toilet on the bus?
Yes, but you need to bring your own toilet paper.

Is there a TV on the bus?
Yes.

Does the altitude vary and will it affect me?
No, you should be fine as the stop is only 20 minutes. However, we will be prepaired to assist you if you should have trouble with the altitude.