Even though you feel like you could stay in La Paz for months and have a great time, the road is calling, and you must go. The next stop on your list is another amazing place to visit. Cusco, the former Incan capital, will show you a great time.
When traveling the 670 kilometers (416 miles) between La Paz and Cusco, you have one transportation option:
Even though this journey is long, you’ll be traveling during the night and the buses have reclining seats and blankets. You’ll be able to catch up on some sleep and save money on accommodation.
You’ll be crossing the border between Bolivia and Peru on the Kasani border crossing. Make sure to have your documents with you (a passport that is valid for more than 6 months beyond the travel date, and a visa if you need one).
You’ll be making the trip between La Paz and Cusco on a sleeper bus, and there won’t be much to see outside of your window during the journey. However, this is a great time to catch up on some sleep, relax with a book, or even do some work, if that suits you.
You’ll arrive in Cusco the next day, fresh and ready to explore the ancient Incan capital. Stroll around town, explore the streets, and grab a coffee in some of the many bars you can find on almost every corner. If you’re planning to hike the Inca Trail, the best thing to do is relax for a couple of days, so that you can get adjusted to the altitude, and avoid getting high altitude sickness.
While in Cusco, you should definitely visit the San Pedro Market, and buy some fresh fruits, veggies, and other treats. The market also has several tamale and empanada vendors, where you can grab a tasty lunch.
The Inca Trail is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular things to do around Cusco. The trail takes you to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the ancient town of Machu Picchu. Many travelers have this adventure on their bucket lists, and it definitely requires some preparation. Hiking the Inca Trail lasts for 4 days, and requires a good level of health and fitness. The trail is definitely worth the effort, and you’ll be walking through beautiful, lush green forests, ancient, narrow paths, and you’ll see some majestic valley views.
While staying in Cusco, it won’t be hard to stay relaxed. The entire town has a calm and carefree atmosphere. You can spend your days strolling around San Pedro Market, Plaza de Armas, and the San Bias District.
The city has many museums you can visit during your stay here, and learn a lot about local history, art, and a lot more. If you’re planning to visit more than a couple of museums, you can get a Boleto Turistica del Cusco ticket. This ticket covers entrance fees for most of the museums. Some of the most popular ones to visit are Museo Historico Regional, Museo de Arte Popular, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo, Museo de Sitio de Koricancha, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, the Pachacutec Monument, and so on.
Taking a bus
Hopping on an overnight bus between La Paz and Cusco is a common way to get from one city to the other one. It takes between 13 and 17 hours to get to Cusco from La Paz. All buses are well equipped with A/C, toilets on board, blankets, charger sockets, reclining seats, TV, and a snack is usually provided.
You’ll be crossing the border between Bolivia and Peru on the Kasani border crossing. Make sure to have your documents with you:
The best time to visit Cusco is from June to September when there’s little to no rainfall. However, keep in mind that the period between June and August is the busiest time of year for tourism in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.