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Iquique to Arica / Border, Chile - 5hrs By Bus In No-Mans Land

Chile travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009 May 2014   » View Photoset (13 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
From Iquique to Arica is around a 5hr journey through a rocky and mountainous wilderness. The long and winding road weaves its way through
Chile Photo - Speeding towards the border of Peru from Arica in a co-op taxi at night.
Speeding towards the border of Peru from Arica in a co-op taxi at night.
the bleak and barren no man's land, the huge faces of rock are hard to comprehend. About 3hrs into the journey the bus stopped at a little sandwich and helados (icecream) stand called Donde Pepe, some locals came aboard with food at one point too. Later in the journey some green valleys did start to appear. I did see something interesting on a hill as the bus got closer to Arica, a set of monuments, weird looking things, several meters high. We passed by settlements in treeless valley areas high on the road above and soon after arrived in Arica just as it was getting dark.

Co-op Taxi to Tacna

Once in Arica I walked nearby to the co-op taxi and bus terminal to Tacna in Peru. The Peruvian's were busy packing up their goods that they sell in Chile during the day and heading back to Peru. I booked a co-op taxi to Tacna.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Iquique to Arica to Peru Border (Chile) to:


Map location: Iquique to Arica to Peru Border, Chile. A trip north through barren and bleak terrain of huge grey mountains up to Arica, this is nowhereland baby!
 A : Iquique - Chile 78 kms 78 kms straight distance | 1hr 41mins 1hr 41mins by car (138 kms) | 2hrs 1min 2hrs 1min by bus (138 kms) (138 kms)
 B : Arica - Chile 124 kms 124 kms straight distance | 2hrs 14mins 2hrs 14mins by car (176 kms) | 2hrs 40mins 2hrs 40mins by bus (176 kms) (176 kms)
 C : Chile Border to Tacna - Peru 140 kms 140 kms straight distance | 2hrs 45mins 2hrs 45mins by car (203 kms) | 3hrs 18mins 3hrs 18mins by bus (203 kms) (203 kms)
 D : Tacna - Peru 171 kms 171 kms straight distance | 3hrs 7mins 3hrs 7mins by car (232 kms) | 3hrs 44mins 3hrs 44mins by bus (232 kms) (232 kms)
 E : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 280 kms 280 kms straight distance | 4hrs 44mins 4hrs 44mins by car (383 kms) | 5hrs 40mins 5hrs 40mins by bus (383 kms) (383 kms)
 F : Calama - Chile 342 kms 342 kms straight distance | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by car (428 kms) | 5hrs 38mins 5hrs 38mins by bus (428 kms) (428 kms)
 G : Oruro - Bolivia 344 kms 344 kms straight distance | 5hrs 33mins 5hrs 33mins by car (459 kms) | 6hrs 39mins 6hrs 39mins by bus (459 kms) (459 kms)
 H : La Paz to Desaguadero - Bolivia 344 kms 344 kms straight distance | 8hrs 10mins 8hrs 10mins by car (547 kms) | 9hrs 48mins 9hrs 48mins by bus (547 kms) (547 kms)
 I : Puno to Bolivian Border - Peru 369 kms 369 kms straight distance | 8hrs 28mins 8hrs 28mins by car (564 kms) | 10hrs 9mins 10hrs 9mins by bus (564 kms) (564 kms)
 J : Copacabana - Bolivia 383 kms 383 kms straight distance | 8hrs 47mins 8hrs 47mins by car (578 kms) | 10hrs 32mins 10hrs 32mins by bus (578 kms) (578 kms)
 K : Arequipa - Peru 386 kms 386 kms straight distance | 7hrs 30mins 7hrs 30mins by car (591 kms) | 9hrs 9hrs by bus (591 kms) (591 kms)
 L : La Paz - Bolivia 385 kms 385 kms straight distance | 7hrs 59mins 7hrs 59mins by car (658 kms) | 9hrs 34mins 9hrs 34mins by bus (658 kms) (658 kms)
 M : Uyuni & the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) - Bolivia 343 kms 343 kms straight distance | 8hrs 27mins 8hrs 27mins by car (706 kms) | 10hrs 8mins 10hrs 8mins by bus (706 kms) (706 kms)
 N : La Paz to Copacabana - Bolivia 390 kms 390 kms straight distance | 9hrs 21mins 9hrs 21mins by car (706 kms) | 11hrs 13mins 11hrs 13mins by bus (706 kms) (706 kms)
 O : Uyuni to Potosi - Bolivia 400 kms 400 kms straight distance | 10hrs 5mins 10hrs 5mins by car (813 kms) | 12hrs 6mins 12hrs 6mins by bus (813 kms) (813 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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