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GENERAL DESCRIPTION

San Pedro de Atacama is an international door for neighbour countries like Argentina and Bolivia. It keep dailly connection with Uyuni in Bolivia and with Salta in Argentina.

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Public Transportation
International Departure

Two terrestrial international entrances to Argentina:
· 160 kms. Jama Pass to Argentina (Paso Jama)
· 55 kms. Hito Cajon to Bolivia.

Access distances coming by the south from Santiago, capital of Chile, principal shipment embark port for foreigns in Chile. And by the north also is a frecuent access coming from Tacna, Peru.


From
SANTIAGO - CHILE

By airplane, the services offer directs flights between Santiago - Calama, is more cheap to take flights with stops at La Serena and Antofagasta cities. At Calama airport you have direct transfer to San Pedro de Atacama.

By bus, the services offer a variety for to choose trips between Santiago - Calama. A nice quantity of national buses company give you the service everyday. Is convenient to buy salon cama or semi cama ticket, because is more than 20 hours travell (one night). The services from Calama - San Pedro de Atacama offer you steady trips every two hours, from 07:00 till 21:30 hours.

By car, best two days trip, considering that are 1680 kilometers between Santiago and San Pedro de Atacama. Roads are in excellent state and well indicated road signals. But we advise you to buy a route map at any gasoline service for a best driving.


TRIP DIAGRAM



For further information :
Calama a San Pedro de Atacama in Public Transportation

USEFUL DATA
AIRPORT Santiago y Calama
_ Arturo Merino Benites (02)6789225
_ El Loa (55) 367100
BUS STATION SANTIAGO
_ Terminal Norte San Borja
_ Terminal Alameda
_ Terminal Santiago
SERVICES

AIR LINES
Santiago - Calama

TRANSFER AIRPORT
Santiago
Calama - SPA

BUS LINES
Santiago - Calama - SPA

Calama - San Pedro de Atacama


From
SALTA - ARGENTINA

By bus, till nowadays only two chilean companies offer you every two day a week services to San Pedro de Atacama. The journey last 14 hours with obligated custom duty at half way trip for Argentina and at the end of the trip for San Pedro de Atacama. The buses go through Paso Jama and sometimes by Paso Sico, depending on the climate conditions.

By transfer, some tourism agencies in Salta organized transfer by Paso Jama or Paso Sico, where San Pedro de Atacamas tourism agencies will wait at the border. All this are prepared before between argentinian and chilean tourism agencies.

By car, spectacular trip by the argentinian and chilean altiplano, with chances to visit nice touristic zones. Exist two similar routes for to do it, Paso Jama (570 kms.) and Paso Sico (500 kms.). Take in consideration that is a journey over 4000 mts. through the altiplano.

For further information:
Departure to Argentina in International Departure
Calama (SPA) to Salta in Public Transportation

USEFUL DATA
BUS STATION Salta

CONSULATE CHILE in Salta
CUSTOMS Argentina and Chile
Gendarmeria Argentina Paso Jama - 8 a 23hrs.
San Pedro de Atacama (55) 851001- 8 a 23hr.
SERVICES
In ARGENTINA ( Salta )
Bus lines

Tourism operators and transfer

In CHILE ( SPA )
Bus lines

Tourism operators and transfer


From
UYUNI - BOLIVIA

By train, the pax services are not always secure. On Wednesday the train departure from Uyuni station to Ollagüe in Chile, where you can find lodging, restaurant, telephone company and buses to Calama city. Departures are on Monday 11:00 hours and on Thursday 08:00 hours.

By bus, exist two bus companies, departures twice a week to Calama city. The custom duties you do it at Abaroa in Bolivia. Take in consideration that the service count with a change of buses at Abaroa border. Calama has several times a day buses that go to San Pedro de Atacama.

By jeep, exist two possibilities, to travel directly or to take a tour. The first one is by night and it take 16 hours driving. The second one take 3 days and 2 nights through Uyuni Salt Flat.

For further information:
Departure to Bolivia in International Departure
Calama to Uyuni in Public Transportation
Uyuni Salt Flat in Touristic Circuits

USEFUL DATA

TRAIN STATION - Uyuni


BUS STATION - Uyuni

CUSTOMS Bolivia and Chile
Hito Cajon, Laguna Verde 8 a 23hr
San Pedro de Atacama 8 a 23hr (55) 851001
Ollagüe 8 a 23hr (55) 691054 Abaroa 7 a 23hr
SERVICES
In BOLIVIA (Uyuni)
Tourism operators

Bus lines
In CHILE ( Ollagüe )
Bus lines

Lodging and restaurant
In CHILE ( SPA)
Tourism operators

From
TACNA - PERÚ

By airplane, the services offer direct flights between Arica and Calama, but is more cheap the one that stop in Iquique and Antofagasta cities. At Calama airport is easy to find a direct transfer to San Pedro de Atacama.

By bus, excelent and speedy access by the border Peru Chile. In Arica exist two bus companies that go direct to San Pedro de Atacama. The trip take 8 hours and only one kind of bus (semi cama).

By car, interesting drive for more than 800 kms. of desert and incredible beaches, abandon nitrate (saltpetre) places. Big geoglyphs and tamarugo woods. Custom duty at Santa Rosa, Peru and at Chacalluta, Chile. At the km. 1830 of the chilean road there is a new police control and free duty custom (Quillahua 24 hours).



USEFUL DATA

AIRPORT Arica and Calama
_ Chacalluta (58)211116
_ El Loa (55) 367100

BUS STATION - Tacna
_ Internacional Tacna - Arica

BUS STATION - Arica
_ Internacional Arica - Tacna, Diego Portales 1002
_ Nacional La Paloma, Germán Riesco 2071

CUSTOMS Chile and Perú
Chacalluta: D a J 8 a 24hr V y S 24hr Santa Rosa: 9 a 23hr

CUSTOMS Chile zona franca
Quillahua (24h)Norte km.1.630
SERVICES
In PERÚ (Tacna)
International bus lines Tacna - Arica, departures each 15 minutes
In CHILE ( Arica )
International bus lines
Arica - Tacna, departures each 15 minutes

National bus lines
Arica - Calama - SPA

 
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