How to get to San Pedro de Atacama?
San Pedro de Atacama lies 1,670 kms north of Santiago de Chile.
This is the quickest way to get to Calama and then on to San Pedro (98 kms).
Lan Chile offers 5 flights a day from Santiago on weekdays, and 3 at weekends.
The cheapest return ticket from Santiago to Calama costs about $ 120,000 Chilean pesos (US$ 170).
The flight, with a stop-off in Antofagasta, takes 2 hours 50 minutes.
The journey from Santiago takes 20 hours. There are good, comfortable bus services with semi-reclining seats.
Information on fares and timetables can be obtained from the following bus companies who offer the route in semi-reclining and standard buses:
Those who wish to undertake the adventure of driving from Santiago should take Ruta 5 – the Panamerican Highway North.
You are recommended to do the trip in two legs, stopping at Caldera (870 kms) or Bahía Inglesa and then continuing the next day direct to Calama (another 800 kms), where you can stock up with all you will need to take to San Pedro.