Getting Around, Juliaca Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Juliaca, Puno, Peru)
There are many advantages to basing yourself in Juliaca. Transport connections here are especially good, with Juliaca offering convenient highway connections and related travel options, connecting neighbouring cities, such as Arequipa
and also Puno.
Various buses travel throughout Juliaca and around much of Lake Titicaca, meaning that travelling to the main places of interest is usually very affordable. Most long-distance bus transport in Juliaca is to be found at the terminal in the San Martin area, some 2 km / 1 mile to the east of the city centre. It is even possible to travel to Bolivia with relative ease, using the roads around the northerly shoreline of Lake Titicaca
Inca Manco Capac International Airport (JUL) / Arriving by Air
Address: Nunez Butron / Aviancion, Santa Asuncion, Juliaca, Peru
Tel: +51 51 328974
The Inca Manco Capac International Airport
is just a matter of minutes away from Juliaca city centre, being located a mere 2 km / 1 mile to the west and the nearest airport to Lake Titicaca. Daily flights are operated by LAN Airlines and usually connect Arequipa, Cusco and Lima
. However, if they are not very full it is quite possible that they may be cancelled, so do bear this in mind. Inca Manco Capac Airport is very well placed if you are intending to travel to Puno and Lake Titicaca (30 minutes), with affordable bus transport readily available if required.
There are a number of fast roads now connecting Juliaca with Arequipa and Puno, and so renting a car during your holiday is now a much more appealing prospect. Alternatively, consider simply hiring some taxi transport for the day and agreeing a favourable price with the taxi driver.
Buses and Coaches
Buses from Juliaca travel to Arequipa, Cusco, Puno and Tacna, using reliable, paved roads, making the journey all the more pleasant and not bumpy as it once was. Notable bus companies in Juliaca include the Cromotex, Cruz del Sur and Ormeno. Look out for bus transport sporting 'Aeropuerto' signs at the front - they will be travelling to the airport, usually collecting passengers from the 2 de Mayo.
Surprisingly for many, Juliaca was once home to the busiest railway in the whole of Peru
. Today, the train station is considerably quieter, due to the noticeable improvement of roads. The train station in Juliaca is located on the Plaza Bolognesi, with regular services still travelling to both Puno and Cusco. In the low season, train times can be a little unreliable and somewhat erratic.
Various taxis operate around the city and are very inexpensive, even for fairly long journeys. Taxis are a popular way to travel to and from the airport, along with 'colectivos' (private licenced cars / shared taxis) and three-wheeler auto rickshaws (mototaxis). In fact, colectivos regularly ply the route to Puno in under an hour, departing from the south-easterly side of the Plaza Bolognesi.