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1. Posted by HailsPhoto (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi there,

I will be out in Bolivia, South America working as a volunteer photographer for three months from June 2008 and in September i will be flying out to Easter Island from Santiago (Chile) i wanted to know if any one could recormend a route from Cochabamba to Santiago, i've heard there are buses i can use but it would take a few days?
I also thought about renting a car or travelling by train i dont really have a preference but i am a female travelling alone so any advice anyone has i would appreciate!


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

As to safety, I'm inclined to think you'd be much safer when going by bus than renting a car. Much cheaper and much less hassle as well.

There's roughly three possible routes for what you want to do:

  1. 1 Via Arica

Cochabamba - La Paz - Charaña - Visviri/Arica (Chile) - Santiago

  1. 2 Via the Atacama desert

Cochabamba - Oruro - Uyuni - San Pedro (Chile) - Santiago

  1. 3 Via Argentina

Cochabamba - Oruro - Potosi - La Quiaca (Argentina) - Mendoza - Santiago (Chile)

  1. 2 is the most touristy (it includes a visit to the salar de uyuni and desierto de atacama, both very worthwhile for taking pics), #3 is probably the quickest; my guess is you could do that within 48 hours if you wanted to and if your bus doesn't break down. I don't know about #1; it depends on how well Charaña is serviced by public transport (some guidebooks mention a rail service to Arica, but I've never heard about it, so I wouldn't trust that information without confirmation).

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2008, at 7:48 AM by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by HailsPhoto (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Thanks alot for that information, i've got about 5 days to get between the two so i should make it!