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1. Posted by vikas m (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

Hi All!
I am planning to go from Santiago de chile to puno in peru on road..what should be the good stopovers..
how's the landscape,is it worth travelling on road or should i take a flight!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

There are many places to stop over if you like.
San Pedro de Atacama is in the north of Chile and you can do some amazing tours from here. There are luxury buses (semi cama is good enough with good reclining seats) which take around 20-24 hours. It is long but very comfortable. From San Pedro you can either choose to go north to Arica and visit the Parc Nacional Lauca from here or either go to Uyuni in Bolivia and travel further north to La Paz and Lake Titicaca, finally reaching Puno. Copacobana is nice for a day or so and so is La Paz.
There are 3-4 day tours from San Pedro to Uyuni across the salt lakes and altiplano with stunning scenery!
Otherwise from Arica cross the border and go to Arequipa (visit Colca Canyon) and from there to Puno.
No need to fly if you have several weeks.
Have fun!

3. Posted by vikas m (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

Thanks a lot !just have a few more questions ..if you could help me with that it would be great
-Can I book a ticket online on a bus from santiago de chile to san pedro,is there a direct bus ?..or i can do it from santiago
-how far would be san pedro to arica ..on the map looks like 10-12 hrs but i dont know the kind of roads they have and whats the landscape like
many thanks ,i do appreciate ur invaluable suggestions

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

I have no idea about booking a bus ticket online, but I think it is not really necessary as buses leave daily (probably several). The other way around it was a direct bus, so I guess buses from Santiago travel directly to San Pedro as well.
I took the bus from Arica to San Pedro during the night. I guess it took like 10 or 12 hours indeed, but I had to change buses in Calama, a few hours before San Pedro. Best to book buses out of San Pedro when you arrive over there, as they fill up pretty quickly.