How do I renew my visa for Peru : Trip to Bolivia – Copacabana

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Hoe vernieuw ik mijn visum voor Peru: Trip naar Bolivia- Copacabana
Tuesday September 30, 2014 - Posted by to Travel Tips

How do I renew my visa for Peru : Trip to Bolivia –  Copacabana

When entering Peru, in most cases you get a three-month visa. If you like stay longer– may be to study Spanish in Cusco or to do volunteer work in Peru – the best way to get a new visa is to leave Peru for a few days. Once you enter back into Peru, you will get a brand new visa for three more months (90 days).

There are several countries that connect with the border of Peru: Ecuador and Colombia in the North, Brazil in the East and Bolivia and Chile in the South. From Cusco – where Dos Manos Travel Peru is located, in the heart of the city – the closest and best way to leave Peru is to go to Bolivia. Here you can read How do I Renew My Visa for Peru: Trip to Bolivia- Copacabana.

To pass the Bolivian border, you first have to go to the Peru Immigration Office to get a stamp so you can leave the country

Weekend trip to Bolivia

Even if you only have a weekend to leave the country – for instance when don’t want to miss Monday morning Spanish classes  in Cusco- Bolivia is still doable. The first thing you must do is take the night bus at 10:00 p.m. on Friday from the “Terminal Terrestre” to Copacabana. The price is approximately 75 soles. 20 Minutes before the Bolivian border, you will need to switch from the large bus to a minivan.

To pass the Bolivian border, you first have to go to the Peru Immigration Office to get a stamp so you can leave the country (don’t forget your immigration form!). Then you will have to walk 100 meters to the Bolivian border and in the Bolivian Immigration Office you will receive another stamp to enter Bolivia. Next you will need to go to Copacabana. It will take only about 10 minutes to get there and costs 2 soles. You will be in Copacabana around 9:00 a.m., but take into account that there is a time difference of 1 hour, so in Bolivia it will be 10:00 a.m.

 

Copacabana is a small town and the centre consists of a few blocks only

Copacabana

Copacabana is a small town and the centre consists of a few blocks only. There are some tourist shops and a market with fresh food. After arriving in this little town, you can take the boat to Isla del Sol. There are two options to go to Isla del Sol. You can go to the south, which is more touristic and more crowded and takes 2.5 hours to get there. However, if you are up for a more “basic” trip, go to the northern part of the island which takes 3 hours. Boats leave at 08.30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. Make sure you bring warm clothes on the boat if you want to sit on the top deck, since it can be windy. This boat trip coast 25 bolivianos, which is about 3 dollars.

Isla del Sol 

Accommodation won’t be difficult to find on the island, but a good mattress may be difficult. Accommodations are very cheap and basic here, priced between 3 up to 5 dollars. If you are a fan of camping, feel free to put your tent on the beach. There is not a lot to do on Isla del Sol, but since it is so quiet, it makes it even more relaxing. The island almost feels like a small, open-air farm or zoo. Cows are grazing next to the houses and walking on the beach. Pigs walk through the ‘center’, donkeys on the sidewalk, and chickens roam around freely. You can hike the island (from north to south in 4 hours), visit the ruins, or just walk around between the agriculture terraces. You can also ask the local fishermen to go with them fishing early in the morning on Lake Titicaca and catch your own fish.

 

You can also ask the local fishermen to go with them fishing early in the morning on Lake Titicaca and catch your own fish

Back to Cusco or continue to La Paz?

Boats go back at 08:30 and 10:30 in the morning and 1:30 in the afternoon. You can stay a night in Copacabana if you want and head farther into La Paz the next morning. But if you go back to Peru from here, take the 10,00 p.m. bus and you will be in Cusco Monday morning.

If you have more time to spend in Bolivia there are different options: you can visit Cochabamba, the nice and friendly Sucre, or take a few days from La Paz to do a bike tour to Las Yungas, or continue, from here, to the Bolivian jungle. All of this will be amazing, but there is one tour in Bolivia we recommend above all the others: it’s the tour to El Salar de Uyuni, the salt flats.

More about the Salar de Uyuni tour here!

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