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1. Posted by HailsPhoto (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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) 10y Star this if you like it!

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) 10y Star this if you like it!

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