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Salta to Paso de Jama, Argentina - 5hrs (443kms) To The Border Of Chile

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009 May 2010 May 2014   » View Photoset (33 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The journey from Salta to the border of Chile which I have now done 3
Argentina Photo - Interesting landscape through the mountain ranges to Paso de Jama.
Interesting landscape through the mountain ranges to Paso de Jama.
times takes at least 5 hours (443kms) and passes through some amazing terrain in the north-west of the Jujuy province, make sure you do this journey in the day.

5 Hour Bus from Salta to the Border

The bus leaves Salta and heads north through San Salvador de Jujuy and up to Purmamarca on highway 9. Around Purmamarca is the Mountain of Seven Colors, an amazing rock rainbow of brown, red, green, white, purple and other colors that is hard to describe. Here is good page about the Precordillera (Argentina's North-West). As we passed through this mind-blowing scenery I started to see a desert of cactus and huge faces of jagged rock on the tops of hills, it reminded me a lot of Tupiza in Bolivia.

Views of Salt Flats

A while later the landscape changed into the beautiful salt flats called Los Salinas Grandes - polygonal salt sediments on the bottom of an ancient lake, fields of salt for miles with mountains in the horizon. After the salt flats the landscape becomes dry with herbs and grasses growing in clumps and cactus rock hills. Closer towards the border, highway 52 passes more salt flats before ending up at Paso de Jama border control into Chile.

The Border Cross

The first time I crossed into Chile at Paso de Jama I visited Calama and Iquique. The 2nd time I travelled straight up to Arica and the 3rd time I stopped in San Pedro. Actually the total time in 2014 of the journey from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama was 11hrs including 90mins at passport control. Now there is a totally new building and there were 3 bus loads of people being processed at once, it's much faster. Photos from between Paso de Jama and San Pedro de Atacama / Calama continue here.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) (Argentina) to:


Map location: Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border), Argentina. 3 times I have done this longish journey from Salta across to Atacama Chile, you get views of salt flats and rocky terrains!
 A : Paso de Jama to San Pedro to Calama - Chile 125 kms 125 kms straight distance | 2hrs 27mins 2hrs 27mins by car (165 kms) | 2hrs 56mins 2hrs 56mins by bus (165 kms) (165 kms)
 B : Salta - Argentina 117 kms 117 kms straight distance | 2hrs 54mins 2hrs 54mins by car (188 kms) | 3hrs 28mins 3hrs 28mins by bus (188 kms) (188 kms)
 C : Salta to Cafayate - Argentina 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 3hrs 59mins 3hrs 59mins by car (244 kms) | 4hrs 46mins 4hrs 46mins by bus (244 kms) (244 kms)
 D : Jujuy - Argentina 111 kms 111 kms straight distance | 4hrs 11mins 4hrs 11mins by car (245 kms) | 5hrs 1min 5hrs 1min by bus (245 kms) (245 kms)
 E : La Quiaca to Jujuy - Argentina 158 kms 158 kms straight distance | 4hrs 10mins 4hrs 10mins by car (250 kms) | 5hrs 5hrs by bus (250 kms) (250 kms)
 F : La Quiaca & Bolivian Border - Argentina 250 kms 250 kms straight distance | 5hrs 32mins 5hrs 32mins by car (303 kms) | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by bus (303 kms) (303 kms)
 G : Villazon & Argentinian Border - Bolivia 252 kms 252 kms straight distance | 5hrs 46mins 5hrs 46mins by car (307 kms) | 6hrs 55mins 6hrs 55mins by bus (307 kms) (307 kms)
 H : San Pedro de Atacama - Chile 228 kms 228 kms straight distance | 4hrs 10mins 4hrs 10mins by car (325 kms) | 5hrs 5hrs by bus (325 kms) (325 kms)
 I : Cafayate - Argentina 211 kms 211 kms straight distance | 5hrs 5hrs by car (343 kms) | 6hrs 6hrs by bus (343 kms) (343 kms)
 J : Tupiza - Bolivia 316 kms 316 kms straight distance | 7hrs 10mins 7hrs 10mins by car (398 kms) | 8hrs 36mins 8hrs 36mins by bus (398 kms) (398 kms)
 K : Calama - Chile 319 kms 319 kms straight distance | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by car (425 kms) | 6hrs 28mins 6hrs 28mins by bus (425 kms) (425 kms)
 L : Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni - Bolivia 365 kms 365 kms straight distance | 9hrs 51mins 9hrs 51mins by car (499 kms) | 11hrs 49mins 11hrs 49mins by bus (499 kms) (499 kms)
 M : Bermejo & Aguas Blancas Border - Bolivia 271 kms 271 kms straight distance | 6hrs 52mins 6hrs 52mins by car (508 kms) | 8hrs 14mins 8hrs 14mins by bus (508 kms) (508 kms)
 N : Antofagasta - Chile 407 kms 407 kms straight distance | 7hrs 48mins 7hrs 48mins by car (649 kms) | 9hrs 21mins 9hrs 21mins by bus (649 kms) (649 kms)
 O : Tarija - Bolivia 345 kms 345 kms straight distance | 10hrs 4mins 10hrs 4mins by car (707 kms) | 12hrs 4mins 12hrs 4mins by bus (707 kms) (707 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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