How to get to Illapel?
Illapel is situated 60 km northeast of Los Vilos, 255 km south of Ovalle, 316 km south of La Serena and 281 km from Santiago. You can get there:
From La Serena travel south on the Carretera Ruta 5 Norte towards the turnoff to Illapel at km 242. From the junction, it’s a further 57 km along ruta D-85. If you are coming from the south, you should take Ruta 5, northbound, to the same junction.
There are frequent departures every day from the villages in the surrounding areas, and from Santiago. Contact local terminals for timetables and information.