Chile travel blog by Mark Berman -
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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.
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!