Copacabana to Puno Bus
The travel from Copacabana to Puno takes about 3 hours, going through the distance of 89 mi (143 km). Huayruro Tours is the terrestrial transportation company which sells bus tickets for this route, at rates from s/ 45 to s/ 55. The buses leave at 6:00 p.m. from the terminal located in Av. 16 de Julio, close to the Plaza Sucre, destination the terrestrial terminal placed on the urban area of the city. The climate in Puno is quite cold, since it presents an average temperature of 46 °F (8 °C) and there are rains at the begining and end of the year.
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Copacabana is a city and municipality in Bolivia, capital of the province Manco Kapac. It was constituted between the Calvario and Niño Calvario hills. It is located in La Paz department, at the shore of the Titicaca’s lake. This place is known for the Virgen de Copacabana’s worship, the biggest religious tradition in Bolivia. It is located 155 km from La Paz city. The name “Copacabana” comes from the aymara’s words “kota kawana”, that means “view of the lake”. Currently, Copacabana is still visited by travelers that want to know its religious celebrations, landscapes, cultural heritage and traditional events.
On the pre-Hispanic period, Puno was the settlement place of different human groups, who will finish being part of the first settlement of the Pucará culture. During this period, there were built big constructions of pyramidal shape. This kind of monumental architecture was peculiar of the Pucará and Tiahuanaco cultures, which also shared the territory. With the disappearance of the Tiahuanaco, during the 12th and 13th centuries, different kingdoms were born: Kollas, Lupacas and Pacajes.When the colonial period started, on the 15th century, Puno started its transformation into a inhabited center of commercial exchange, that little by little would be enriched with the multiculturalism of its visitors. This growth continued until half the 18th century, because Puno had taken relevance for being a mining settlement and a crossing territory between the most important cities of the region. In 1776 Puno ended being part of the viceroyalty of Peru, starting to being part of the viceroyalty of Río de la Plata, although it integrated again to Peru in 1796.On the Republic period, on the 19th century, the population of Puno was over the 6000 residents and the commercial development turned around different activities, as the agriculture and the textile, between other new industries. The University San Carlos de Puno was also founded, what motivated a bigger development of the culture, what favoured the new urban configuration that the city was taking.Nowadays Puno is a relevant city for the economic growth of the country, besides being considered the cultural capital of Peru. The tourism has grown quite a lot the last years, motivating the construction of an adequate infrastructure to receive the new visitors that each year come to 300.000 people.