The route from Arequipa to Puno is at a distance of 217 mi (350 km) and the travel takes about 8 hours on the highway. The main transportation companies that cover this route Arequipa - Puno are Civa and Transzela. The buses leave from 9:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. from the street Jacinto Ibáñez in the urban area of Arequipa, destination to the Terminal Terrestre of Puno, located next to the Titicaca lake. The bus ticket rate varies from s/. 20 to s/. 60, depending on the company and the service chosen. The climate in Puno is dry and very cold, with moderate rains; the maximum temperature is 57 °F (14 °C) and the minimum is 35 °F (2 °C). The route goes through the National Reserve Salinas and Aguada Blanca. We recommend to make this travel during the day to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the area.
Arequipa is known as the legal capital of Peru and also known as the "White City". This name comes from the style of the city's arquitecture using a white volcanic stone as the main material to build. Arequipa is one of the biggest cities in Peru and it's as well ranked 3rd destination of the country for its tourism. We advice you to visit the majestic Cathedral of Arequipa, the church of San Domingo and the Santa Catalina monastery. To have a nice view of the city, climb up to the Yanahuara view point. You can also visit the Misti volcano. If you are lucky, you will be there for the Arequipa carnival, one of the most well-known carnivals, celebrated in February and March.
Puno is the 4th city in flow of tourists of Perú and it's the crib of one of the most important folklor festivals of the Peruvian culture, La Virgen de la Candelaria; She is visited every year by thousands of tourists, national and foreigners. This festival was declared in 2014 Humanity Immaterial Patrimony by the UNESCO. Puno is known as the "folkloric Capital of Peru and of America". Puno also stands out for the archaeological monuments the city has, because Puno was part of the territories where the Tiahuanaco culture was extended. Another reason that makes of Puno a tourist destination so important is the presence of the Titicaca lake, that represents its biggest attraction. In this lake, located between Peru and Bolivia, you can find the Uros artificial islands, inhabited by the descendants of the first settlers of the region. Homestay tourism is waiting for you, live the culture, the dances, the tradition and the adventure that Puno hides for you!