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Paso de Jama to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile - 5 or 6 Hours By Bus

Chile travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009 May 2010 May 2014   » View Photoset (12 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

New Passport Office

2014 The 3rd time I have done this journey. There is now a new passport control office at Paso de Jama for both Argentina and Chile, no longer are they miles apart.
Chile Photo - Rocky flats and rocky mountains on the journey between Paso de Jama and San Pedro.
Rocky flats and rocky mountains on the journey between Paso de Jama and San Pedro.

Distances To / From

Salta to Paso de Jama 5hrs, Paso de Jama to San Pedro de Atacama (or Calama) 5-6hrs, Salta to San Pedro de Atacama (or Calama) 10-11hrs.

Salta to Calama

2009 / 2010 I travelled from Salta in Argentina to Calama in Chile on a bus for 10hrs and crossed the border at Paso de Jama. It took over an hour for the Argentinian immigration to process us. There is about 160kms of travel before the Chile border control. There is some nice scenery along this route which is highway 27 - mountains, salt flats, lagoons and wide open space. You may see a fox amongst the rocks. A lot of people on the bus were heading to San Pedro de Atacama to see the Salar de Atacama salt flats. I have seen the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia twice, so I headed straight through to Calama on this occasion. We stopped at San Pedro de Atacama to let half the passengers off outside a childrens fairground and shortly after leaving I got some photos of the interesting rock formations on the way to Calama. In 2014 however I did stop and stay in San Pedro de Atacama, twice in fact. I finally made it!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Paso de Jama to San Pedro to Calama (Chile) to:


Map location: Paso de Jama to San Pedro to Calama, Chile. The route to the salt flats from the border of Argentina/Chile to San Pedro.
 A : San Pedro de Atacama - Chile 122 kms 122 kms straight distance | 1hr 44mins 1hr 44mins by car (159 kms) | 2hrs 4mins 2hrs 4mins by bus (159 kms) (159 kms)
 B : Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) - Argentina 125 kms 125 kms straight distance | 2hrs 27mins 2hrs 27mins by car (165 kms) | 2hrs 56mins 2hrs 56mins by bus (165 kms) (165 kms)
 C : Calama - Chile 211 kms 211 kms straight distance | 2hrs 58mins 2hrs 58mins by car (260 kms) | 3hrs 33mins 3hrs 33mins by bus (260 kms) (260 kms)
 D : Jujuy - Argentina 203 kms 203 kms straight distance | 3hrs 56mins 3hrs 56mins by car (318 kms) | 4hrs 43mins 4hrs 43mins by bus (318 kms) (318 kms)
 E : La Quiaca to Jujuy - Argentina 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by car (322 kms) | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by bus (322 kms) (322 kms)
 F : La Quiaca & Bolivian Border - Argentina 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 4hrs 55mins 4hrs 55mins by car (332 kms) | 5hrs 54mins 5hrs 54mins by bus (332 kms) (332 kms)
 G : Villazon & Argentinian Border - Bolivia 195 kms 195 kms straight distance | 5hrs 10mins 5hrs 10mins by car (337 kms) | 6hrs 12mins 6hrs 12mins by bus (337 kms) (337 kms)
 H : Salta to Cafayate - Argentina 287 kms 287 kms straight distance | 6hrs 25mins 6hrs 25mins by car (409 kms) | 7hrs 42mins 7hrs 42mins by bus (409 kms) (409 kms)
 I : Tupiza - Bolivia 239 kms 239 kms straight distance | 6hrs 33mins 6hrs 33mins by car (427 kms) | 7hrs 51mins 7hrs 51mins by bus (427 kms) (427 kms)
 J : Salta - Argentina 235 kms 235 kms straight distance | 5hrs 37mins 5hrs 37mins by car (451 kms) | 6hrs 44mins 6hrs 44mins by bus (451 kms) (451 kms)
 K : Cafayate - Argentina 334 kms 334 kms straight distance | 7hrs 27mins 7hrs 27mins by car (509 kms) | 8hrs 56mins 8hrs 56mins by bus (509 kms) (509 kms)
 L : Uyuni & the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) - Bolivia 308 kms 308 kms straight distance | 8hrs 42mins 8hrs 42mins by car (512 kms) | 10hrs 26mins 10hrs 26mins by bus (512 kms) (512 kms)
 M : Tarija - Bolivia 300 kms 300 kms straight distance | 9hrs 5mins 9hrs 5mins by car (526 kms) | 10hrs 54mins 10hrs 54mins by bus (526 kms) (526 kms)
 N : Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni - Bolivia 269 kms 269 kms straight distance | 9hrs 15mins 9hrs 15mins by car (529 kms) | 11hrs 6mins 11hrs 6mins by bus (529 kms) (529 kms)
 O : Bermejo & Aguas Blancas Border - Bolivia 282 kms 282 kms straight distance | 7hrs 6mins 7hrs 6mins by car (585 kms) | 8hrs 31mins 8hrs 31mins by bus (585 kms) (585 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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