I arrive in Puno in late afternoon and need to get to La Paz (in about 3-4 days). I guess i need to know the best way of getting there, given i'm not in a huge rush. From other responses, Puno does not seem to be recommended as a place to stay. Is it best travel by land or by boat (as much as possible)? If by land, where are the best places to visit - any recommendations greatly appreciated!!
Compared to Cusco or Arequipa, Puno is not to be highly recommended. It seemed reasonably safe and does have a good selection of hotels. There is just not a lot to see. It is probably best known as the point of departure for Uros, Amantadi and Taquili islands. Juliaca is even less attractive. You have about 6 hours by bus to La Paz. This will be the best way for you to travel. You could go by way of Copacabana or by way of Desguadero and Tihuanacu. The distance is the same so it may be a choice between a lakeside stop or a visit to a different type of archeologic site. Have a good trip. bob
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