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About Desaguadero

The territory of Desaguadero was inhabited from the pre-Incan period by several indigenous communities and little tribes which were the origin of the Lupaca kingdom. This kingdom consisted of inhabitants of the aymara ethnic group, who for a long time controlled the high Andean plateau lands until being conquered by the powerful Incan culture, at this time under the leadership of the inca Mayta Cápac. During his control, the inca ordered to build a bridge made of “totora” (large reed). This bridge was known as Chacamarka. “Chaca” means “place where the river crosses” and “marka” means “town”. The complete interpretation is “place where you cross the river to get to the town”. With the Spanish arr...ival the few things that remained of the Lupaca kingdom’s splendour disappeared due to the constant sacking and destruction. Nevertheless, the aymara were for a while under a special consideration, owing to their indomitable and rebel character. The residents of the city gave up the name of Chacamarka to accept the name of Desaguadero, since it’s the place where the Titicaca waters flow (“desaguar” means drain). The district was created during the Independence period, but it was in 1954 that it was established legally. The waters of the river separate the Peruvian side from the Bolivian side. The Peruvian side is located inside the Chucuito province and the bolivian side at the province of Ingavi.
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Travel tips for Desaguadero

-The city of Desaguadero is located at 92 mi (148 kms) from Puno. The city is border with the bolivian city Guaqui.-If you have thought to go from Peru to Bolivia through this city, you must change your money (US dollars or soles), because in the bolivian side of Desaguadero it will be very hard.-At the peruvian side you will find several currency exchange places. At the bolivian side yoy will only find money changers (people who change money on the streets), and they provide the same service but for a more expensive price.-If you change your soles at the border, the exchange rate will be: 1 sol=2.17 bolivians.-Since it’s a border, the trade and trafficking are the main economical activities of the city. If you want to buy something to bring back home, be cautious. Avoid buying trafficking objects.The main means transportation where you will get around through the little district of Desaguadero are: mototaxi, tricycle, shared taxis and “combis” (little buses). The tricycles are used mostly to transport luggage. With the “mototaxis” (ver...y typical in Peru) you can get to any specific point of the city. The usual prices of those services go from 2 to 6 soles. The shared taxi and the “combis” are used to cover long distances, when you want to get to the closest cities to Desaguadero. Those services cost an average from 3 to 10 soles per person.The condition of Desaguadero of being a border shared with Bolivia makes of it a favorable place for legal and illegal trade, where the migratory controls are lacking and the security minimum. If you travel alone, with your partner or with friends, take the minimum precautions as taking care of your valuable objects and avoid frauds. You should also consider that some policemen, who supervise the migratory and customs procedures, are bad on their job and they are used to ask money to the tourists with the aim of not putting obstacles to on the processes. Not all the policemen are like that, but if you find one just report it, don’t be accomplice of bad practices. It’s in our hands to make the travels a fairer experience for everybody.
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Desaguadero weather

Best time to visit Desaguadero

The best period to visit Desaguadero is September, when take place the Virgen de la Natividad festival. Also its good to know that the driest months are June and July.

Climate in Desaguadero

-The weather in Desaguadero is characterized for being very cold, with an average temperature of 48 °F (9 °C) throughout the year. It s a warm and temperate city.-As an Andean plateau city, close to the lake waters, its temperatures are very low. On your trip it’s essential to have warm clothing and adequate to the climate of the region as follows: wool sweater, windbreak coats, mountain shoes, gloves and everything that can help to keep you warm on your stay.

The things to do in Desaguadero

Desaguadero is located at the Puno department. The city is on the border between Bolivia and Peru, at short distance to the Titicaca lake. It’s considered as a “two nations city” for having a Peruvian side and a Bolivian side, joined together by the Puente Internacional. In the area of Desaguadero you can appreciate the large diversity of flora and fauna of the high Andean plateau. Some... species you can appreciate there are the “parihuanas” (Andean flamingo), the wild duck and falcons, besides other animals. You can also visit the Taraco Gulf, the Aguallamaya lagoon and the Khapia volcano. The weather in Desaguadero is in general cold and dry, with a rainy season from December to April. The temperatures are low, with minimum of 48 °F (9 °C) and maximum of 53 °F (12 °C)
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Dropping Points in Desaguadero

Here are some of the most popular dropping points in Desaguadero. Please note that these locations generally differ with each bus operator. The bus dropping points in Desaguadero are as follows:

  • La Victoria
  • Terminal Terrestre Arequipa
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Important dates in Desaguadero

Virgen de la Natividad(September the 8th)This festival is celebrated from the begining of September, but the central day is the 8th, and it lasts about a week. The activities made on the festival are sportive events, gastronomic and handicraft fairs and open-air band concerts. You will also enjoy the fireworks, not to be missed in all the peruvian Patron Saint festival.


Do I need to make an account on the redBus website to book a bus?
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How do I book my bus ticket at Desaguadero?
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