Cusco to Puno is a beautil route to visit the lake Titicaca using , you can take diferents transport like bus, train or airplain. The distance by bus going straight is about 7 hours, by train is about 10 hours and by airplain may be less than 1 and a half hours.
Cusco Puno options
Cusco to Puno bus is a very good option if you want to visit as much you can with tight time, this tour bus from cusco offer a lot of fun and is safe and confortable travel because you will not be sitting for a long time. You will do some stops to see churchs, temples, museums and you will stop to have have a decent buffet lunch. But the ride is long depart by 7:00 means that you will be picked up by 6:30 and arrives by 17:00.
First you will stop in Andahuaylillas church this was built during the 17th century and it is also known as “The Sistine Chapel of America” because of the beauty and profusion of its murals, the ornaments in gold leaf and more. Then you will visit Raqchi, also known as the Temple of WIRACOCHA, supreme deity in the Inca civilization you will see biggest amount of barns and we will see magnificent constructions in stone and sun-dried bricks. Then la Raya what is the border between Cusco and Puno, at a height of over 4.335 meters above the sea level and you will be able to see the famous Chimboya Glacier where the Amazon River is born. You will be able to take pictures of the landscape. Finally the museum of Pukara, this culture was developed between the years 1600 B.C. and 400 A.D. on a high plateau located, in this museum we can find pottery and sculptures representing zoomorphic figures, amongst which we can see the famous sculpture of the HATUNÑAQAC, meaning in our language “The Supreme Executioner”.
From Cusco there is a very luxury to the lake Titicaca, depart by 8:00 and arrives to the city of the lake titicaca about 6 hours but may be a little bit later.
Meals on board are really nice, the lunch it used to be included and one drink like coffe or tea or glass of wine, there is like tea time morning and afternoon as well. It has a bar and wagon with balcony to see the landscape.
It looks like Pullman train, right?. Very nice ride if you enjoy the landscape and kind of luxury experiences. About the prices and the frecuency
Unfortunately this service is not available everyday, just monday, wednesday, friday and saturday.
The price for this magnificent service is very high between 350 to 370 USD each.
Train Puno Cusco
Is the same service but there is big difference in the price.
They are LATAM airlines and AVIANCA airlines. This two companies offer some frequencies takes like 1 hour and a half, there are direct flights and also with scale obviously the flight with scale will be cheaper than the direct. But you will not arrive to Puno because there are no airport the aiport is one hour far from Puno city. You will arrive to the Juliaca airport. This city is know also for the locals like unsafe city, so you must arrange your transfer to your elected hotel in advance.