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Santiago to La Paz HELP!!!!

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1. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 12y

jordy has indicated that this thread is about Chile

i want to travel fron Santiago to la paz and seem to be finding it hard to find much info on this.

Could anyone shed some light on the best possible route to take, and any sights i might want to see on the way. i am also trying to do it on a shoe string budget;)


2. Posted by georged1 (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y


Route 1:

Travel to Arica (Bus or Plane) and then take a bus to La Paz. (Road is the 2 highest on earth and not the best one... be prepared for a long, not much comfortable trip)

Route 2:

Travel to San Pedro de Atacama and from there cross the border and the following Uyuni Salt Lake to Uyuni town. From there you can take a train or bus to La Paz (Trains are only once a week)

This one might be more expensive as the Salt lake cross is not the cheapest one and should be well organized but believe me, the salt lake is one of the most beutiful and impresive places of south amrica.

If you need more details feel free to contact me.

Have a great day


[ Edit: once is enough for the promo link.. ]

3. Posted by geraldkras (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hello there.

I am planning to travel in the opposite direction and would be extremely grateful if someone could give me some advice as to the best and cheapest way to to this trip (la paz to santiago).

thanks v.much ;)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I took the bus from La Paz to Arica, Chile (5-6 hours, I think). Stayed a few days in Arica, then took the bus from Arica to Santiago (30 hours). Can't remember costs, but it wasn't too expensive. The trip from Arica to Santiago is LONG, so if you have the money you could look into flying (LAN Chile), or break up the journey by making some stops along the way.