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La Quiaca Border Crossing, Argentina - Buses To Salta & Tupiza (From Villazon)

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2008 November 2011   » View Photoset (9 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
La Quiaca is the border town in Argentinas far north at Bolivias border and town Villazon. I have passed through La Quiaca twice now, once in
Argentina Photo - Monument in La Quiaca to women and mothers.
Monument in La Quiaca to women and mothers.
each direction. La Quiaca is 7hrs north from Salta and 4hrs 30mins (289kms) north of Jujuy by bus. Passport control is simple and the border crossing quite straightforward in either direction. As usual there is a bridge to cross over between countries. The altitude is 3442m above sea level so it gets quite cold at night. To the southern most city in Argentina, Ushuaia, it is a distance of 5121km. Buenos Aires is 1967kms, Cordoba 1127kms, Tucuman 600kms, Salta 387kms, Humahuaca 166kms, Abra Pampa is 78kms and Pumahuasi 27kms.

About La Quiaca

La Quiaca has a festival each year at around the end of February, the city website has details of the dates. I believe there are a few things to do in and around La Quiaca for sightseeing and fun like horseriding and walking. I basically just walked from the border to the bus terminal taking photos of a few monuments along the way. One monument to the army, another to all the mothers. I saw a monument to La Quiacas founder Jose Eugenio Tello (1849-1924), a politician who founded La Quiaca in 1907. The monument was donated by Senor Arturo Cadena Teran and his family in 2007 as a sign of gratitude and recognition from the city of La Quiaca on the anniversary of its first century. A gold monument standing in a park of a man holding a book is Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888), he
Argentina Photo - Domingo Faustino Sarmiento monument in La Quiaca park.
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento monument in La Quiaca park.
was the 7th President of Argentina. He was an admirer of the Arabs and this monument is a tribute of admiration and gratitude from the Arab-speaking community. In central La Quiaca I walked along Belgrano pedestrian walkway on my way to the bus terminal where there are at each end huge sculptures of heads. They stand in recognition to the men of faith who fought for the official creation of the town of La Quiaca. So there's a little history about La Quiaca.

In and Out

From La Quiaca on my first visit in 2008 I headed to Villazon to get a bus to Tupiza. When I came through the 2nd time in late 2011 I headed south to Jujuy.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from La Quiaca & Bolivian Border (Argentina) to:


Map location: La Quiaca & Bolivian Border, Argentina. Come to La Quiaca to cross the border into Bolivia, that's about all there is to it really! It's 7hrs north of Salta.
 A : Villazon & Argentinian Border - Bolivia 3 kms 3 kms straight distance | 21mins 21mins by car (6 kms) | 25mins 25mins by bus (6 kms) (6 kms)
 B : Tupiza - Bolivia 75 kms 75 kms straight distance | 1hr 44mins 1hr 44mins by car (96 kms) | 2hrs 4mins 2hrs 4mins by bus (96 kms) (96 kms)
 C : La Quiaca to Jujuy - Argentina 124 kms 124 kms straight distance | 1hr 54mins 1hr 54mins by car (157 kms) | 2hrs 16mins 2hrs 16mins by bus (157 kms) (157 kms)
 D : Tarija - Bolivia 106 kms 106 kms straight distance | 4hrs 16mins 4hrs 16mins by car (195 kms) | 5hrs 7mins 5hrs 7mins by bus (195 kms) (195 kms)
 E : Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni - Bolivia 145 kms 145 kms straight distance | 4hrs 25mins 4hrs 25mins by car (198 kms) | 5hrs 18mins 5hrs 18mins by bus (198 kms) (198 kms)
 F : Jujuy - Argentina 234 kms 234 kms straight distance | 3hrs 30mins 3hrs 30mins by car (282 kms) | 4hrs 12mins 4hrs 12mins by bus (282 kms) (282 kms)
 G : Uyuni & the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) - Bolivia 223 kms 223 kms straight distance | 6hrs 46mins 6hrs 46mins by car (299 kms) | 8hrs 7mins 8hrs 7mins by bus (299 kms) (299 kms)
 H : Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) - Argentina 250 kms 250 kms straight distance | 5hrs 30mins 5hrs 30mins by car (303 kms) | 6hrs 36mins 6hrs 36mins by bus (303 kms) (303 kms)
 I : Paso de Jama to San Pedro to Calama - Chile 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 4hrs 55mins 4hrs 55mins by car (332 kms) | 5hrs 54mins 5hrs 54mins by bus (332 kms) (332 kms)
 J : Potosi - Bolivia 282 kms 282 kms straight distance | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by car (348 kms) | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by bus (348 kms) (348 kms)
 K : Salta - Argentina 299 kms 299 kms straight distance | 5hrs 11mins 5hrs 11mins by car (415 kms) | 6hrs 13mins 6hrs 13mins by bus (415 kms) (415 kms)
 L : Uyuni to Potosi - Bolivia 237 kms 237 kms straight distance | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by car (426 kms) | 7hrs 57mins 7hrs 57mins by bus (426 kms) (426 kms)
 M : San Pedro de Atacama - Chile 282 kms 282 kms straight distance | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by car (492 kms) | 7hrs 57mins 7hrs 57mins by bus (492 kms) (492 kms)
 N : Sucre - Bolivia 344 kms 344 kms straight distance | 8hrs 8mins 8hrs 8mins by car (504 kms) | 9hrs 45mins 9hrs 45mins by bus (504 kms) (504 kms)
 O : Bermejo & Aguas Blancas Border - Bolivia 146 kms 146 kms straight distance | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by car (550 kms) | 8hrs 8hrs by bus (550 kms) (550 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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