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Chile Border to Tacna, Peru - A Straightforward Border Crossing

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009 May 2010 May 2014   » View Photoset (6 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
From the bus and taxi terminal in Arica in northern Chile I took a collective taxi across the border to Tacna in southern Peru. It was the end of the day
Peru Photo - Santa Rosa passport control on the border south of Tacna.
Santa Rosa passport control on the border south of Tacna.
and the Peruvian people who come over the border each day to sell their products in Chile were packing up at the terminal and getting buses back into Peru. The products were mainly clothing and was everywhere being folded up and packed into big plastic sacks.

Going Through the Gates

The collective-taxi had 5 people in it plus the driver and cost about $20 Soles ($7USD). The taxi drove pretty fast to the Chile immigration, waited for us to finish and then onto the Peru immigration and then again a fast drive to Tacna bus terminal. Be careful if the Peruvian taxi driver asks for more money on top of what you already paid to the agent in Arica, don't pay any more!

Deja Vu

The 2nd time I did this border crossing was the same easy process in a co-op taxi from Arica to the border control, then back into the taxi and on to Tacna. The drive north from Arica takes you past some beaches on the
Peru Photo - Leaving Chile in the north and heading to Tacna.
Leaving Chile in the north and heading to Tacna.
left through some residential areas with sand and rock hills in the background. At this point a road sign indicates that Tacna is 56kms away and Ilo 209kms to the north and to the east is Putre 127kms, Tambo Quemado 193kms, La Paz 500kms and Santa Cruz 1150kms. The desert road continues until you reach the border and pass through the gates. From Arica to the border takes only 15 minutes in the co-op taxi to get to the passport control called Santa Rosa. The time taken for the 3 others in my taxi and myself to pass through border control was also only 15 minutes. Then we continued as we passed under a sign welcoming us to Peru and out onto the desert road where a sign says that Tacna is 25kms away with Arequipa 352kms, Ica / Huacachina 1016kms and Lima 1319kms. We pass many shack houses in the desert and a small church before arriving in Tacna several minutes later. On my first visit to Tacna a year before I stayed the night, but this time I continued on another bus north for about 150kms to Moquegua.

     

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


Map location: Chile Border to Tacna, Peru. The border cross from Chile to Peru is quite simple, just get in a collective taxi and go! It takes about an hour to get from Arica to Tacna or vice versa, I have done it 3 times!
 A : Arica - Chile 15 kms 15 kms straight distance | 53mins 53mins by car (33 kms) | 1hr 3mins 1hr 3mins by bus (33 kms) (33 kms)
 B : Tacna - Peru 35 kms 35 kms straight distance | 1hr 5mins 1hr 5mins by car (50 kms) | 1hr 18mins 1hr 18mins by bus (50 kms) (50 kms)
 C : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 140 kms 140 kms straight distance | 2hrs 47mins 2hrs 47mins by car (201 kms) | 3hrs 20mins 3hrs 20mins by bus (201 kms) (201 kms)
 D : Iquique to Arica to Peru Border - Chile 140 kms 140 kms straight distance | 2hrs 53mins 2hrs 53mins by car (203 kms) | 3hrs 27mins 3hrs 27mins by bus (203 kms) (203 kms)
 E : Iquique - Chile 210 kms 210 kms straight distance | 4hrs 35mins 4hrs 35mins by car (340 kms) | 5hrs 30mins 5hrs 30mins by bus (340 kms) (340 kms)
 F : La Paz to Desaguadero - Bolivia 243 kms 243 kms straight distance | 6hrs 13mins 6hrs 13mins by car (366 kms) | 7hrs 27mins 7hrs 27mins by bus (366 kms) (366 kms)
 G : Puno to Bolivian Border - Peru 261 kms 261 kms straight distance | 6hrs 45mins 6hrs 45mins by car (383 kms) | 8hrs 6mins 8hrs 6mins by bus (383 kms) (383 kms)
 H : Copacabana - Bolivia 275 kms 275 kms straight distance | 7hrs 2mins 7hrs 2mins by car (398 kms) | 8hrs 26mins 8hrs 26mins by bus (398 kms) (398 kms)
 I : Arequipa - Peru 248 kms 248 kms straight distance | 5hrs 37mins 5hrs 37mins by car (409 kms) | 6hrs 44mins 6hrs 44mins by bus (409 kms) (409 kms)
 J : Camana - Peru 311 kms 311 kms straight distance | 6hrs 9mins 6hrs 9mins by car (423 kms) | 7hrs 22mins 7hrs 22mins by bus (423 kms) (423 kms)
 K : Puno / Juliaca - Peru 280 kms 280 kms straight distance | 7hrs 21mins 7hrs 21mins by car (455 kms) | 8hrs 49mins 8hrs 49mins by bus (455 kms) (455 kms)
 L : La Paz - Bolivia 311 kms 311 kms straight distance | 8hrs 3mins 8hrs 3mins by car (472 kms) | 9hrs 39mins 9hrs 39mins by bus (472 kms) (472 kms)
 M : La Paz to Copacabana - Bolivia 300 kms 300 kms straight distance | 8hrs 5mins 8hrs 5mins by car (475 kms) | 9hrs 42mins 9hrs 42mins by bus (475 kms) (475 kms)
 N : Oruro - Bolivia 345 kms 345 kms straight distance | 7hrs 36mins 7hrs 36mins by car (530 kms) | 9hrs 7mins 9hrs 7mins by bus (530 kms) (530 kms)
 O : Uyuni & the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) - Bolivia 441 kms 441 kms straight distance | 10hrs 52mins 10hrs 52mins by car (756 kms) | 13hrs 2mins 13hrs 2mins by bus (756 kms) (756 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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