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      Rental cars in Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, Chile

      Chile Jan 25, 2017 at 8:31 AM

      Can a car be rented at the airport in Punta Arenas and returned in Puerto Natales? Also can a car be rented in Puerto Natales and returned at the airport in Punta Arenas? We want to rent a car for several day to visit Puerto Natales, then take a cruise, returning to Puerto Natales and rent another car there, returning it at the airport at the Punta Arenas airport several days later. Would it be cheaper to keep the car we rent in Punta Arenas while we are on the cruise (3 days)? Any recommendation for a car rental agency, preferably with a US phone number.


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    • Can we get on and off on our way to Arica

      San Pedro de Atacama Nov 7, 2016 at 12:13 AM

      My wife and I are planning a trip to Chile and Peru, going via San pedro de Atacama, we want to continue our journey north to Arica via bus, can we get off and on for example stay one night somewhere continue the next day?

      Any help greatly appreciated

      5 Answers Dec 21, 2016 at 11:22 AM
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      How late can I book a Uyuni trip?

      San Pedro de Atacama Dec 16, 2015 at 10:49 AM

      I will arrive at San Pedro de Atacama at 6 or 7 PM. Will I be able to buy a 4 day trip to Uyuni at that time, for the day after? My schedule only allows my to start the Uyuni trip the day after I arrive at San Pedro.

      I know I can book a trip online, but it is cheeper to buy it when I get there.

      1 Answer Dec 17, 2015 at 6:27 AM
    • Coastal towns

      Antofagasta Nov 27, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      What coastal town was are good to visit?

      1 Answer Nov 28, 2015 at 6:20 AM
    • Antofagasta to San Pedro from airport

      Antofagasta Nov 27, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      What are the options to get from Antofagasta airport to San Pedro de Atacama ?

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      Less salt flat tours over Christmas and New Year?

      San Pedro de Atacama Nov 13, 2015 at 2:13 PM

      I just read this post:

      "We do not sell any salt flats tours from Dec 23rd through to Jan 6th because of safety concerns. Specifially this is due to the high numer of incidences of drunk driving that occur on salt flats tours during this time."

      Is that common for most of the tour operators this part the year? Is it hard to find any tour operator that will arrange a tour in the surroundings, not only Uyuni? I was planning a trip to San Pedro de Atacama at that time...

      3 Answers Nov 14, 2015 at 7:15 AM
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      Day trip to Bolivia from San Pedro de Atacama?

      San Pedro de Atacama Nov 11, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      Are there any day trips across the border to Bolivia? Except Salar de Uyuni which is too far away. Are there any closer places, with beautiful nature, you should go to if you want to cross the border from San Pedro de Atacama?

      2 Answers Nov 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM
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      Altitude in Atacama

      San Pedro de Atacama Nov 6, 2015 at 2:52 PM

      How do I deal with the altitude when touring in the Atacama desert? I will stay in San Pedro de Atacama and fly from Santiago (when arriving from Europe). Want to visit some lagoons, salt canyons etc. Don´t know exactly where yet.

      Which places can I safely visit day 2 without getting ill? I don't know the altitude of all the famous places and how to deal with it. Do I have to rest a few days in San Pedro de Atacama before I go anywhere else in the area?


      5 Answers Nov 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM
    • Bookshops in the area

      Calama Jun 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM

      Are there any bookshops in the airport or in Calama?

      1 Answer Jun 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM
    • Minibus to San Pedro

      Calama May 4, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      2015 how much is the minibus from airport to San Pedro?

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      Atacama with a 2-year-old toddler

      San Pedro de Atacama Apr 15, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      Does anyone who's been there strongly discourages bringing a 22-months-old toddler to San Pedro de Atacama? Apart from some full day tours and the early morning starter Tatio Geysers, are there any other must-see attraction we might miss?

      Does anybody have a recommendation of family-friendly, intermediate / boutique, not too expensive hotel in San Pedro?

      Any comments comparing taking a tour / self-driving with a rental car? Are the attractions accessible at all with a regular car?

      Any comments and tips will be highly appreciated. Gracias!

      4 Answers Apr 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM
    • Buses from Salta to San Pedro

      San Pedro de Atacama Apr 11, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Are there any comfortable air conditioned buses with leg room travelling from Salta to San Pedro? I know there is 1 restroom on the bus, but do they make frequent stops to stretch your legs and stop for a bite to eat and use their restrooms? It looks like it take 12- 14 hours? How much do the buses cost and which one would you recommend? Thanks.


      4 Answers Apr 28, 2014 at 6:22 PM
    • Self-Drive to Uyuni?

      San Pedro de Atacama Mar 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Hi, my friend and I will be in San Pedro de Atacama for only four days. We would like to make a trip to the Salar de Uyuni and to stay in the Palacio de Sal, but we don't have time to take the usual 3 day tour. We will have a rental car while in Atacama. Is it possible for us to drive ourselves to the Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro or Calama? (Assuming we can sort out the legal details with the rental company.) Meaning can the drive be reasonably done in one day and back the next day? Are the roads relatively passable? If we don't have a satellite phone, are we likely to die a slow and painful death?

      4 Answers Apr 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM
    • Traveling with a dog

      San Pedro de Atacama Mar 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      We are driving from santiago chile to lima Peru with our dog and are planning on stopping to check out the atacama desert for several days. Any recomendations for pet friendly places to stay? Also would love any other tips for self guided sight seeing. Thanks :)

      1 Answer Mar 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM
    • Want a indian sari

      Antofagasta Jan 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      I want to bye a indian sari,,,, is it avilable in Antofagasta

      1 Answer Feb 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM
    • Geothermal

      Región de Antofagasta Dec 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM

      Whats the underground temperature in this area near San Pedro de Atacama?
      Is it too hot?

      4 Answers Dec 29, 2013 at 4:54 AM
    • Campsites/Surfing

      Antofagasta Nov 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      I am going to be in Antofogasta for 3 days in a few weeks to surf and wondering if there are any secure campsites near Universidad de Antofogasta?

    • bus schedule san pedro de atacama to arica

      San Pedro de Atacama Oct 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      How can I buy a bus ticket in advance from San Pedro de Atacama to arica and then to Tacna,
      and what are the bus companies and schedules?
      I need to get a 7:45am flight from Tacna to Cuzco.
      Tank you in advance!!!

      5 Answers Oct 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM
    • Bus from Santa Cruz to San Pedro

      San Pedro de Atacama Sep 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Is there a way to get from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile by bus? What's the best option?

      1 Answer Sep 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM
    • getting from san pedro de atacama to buenos aires

      San Pedro de Atacama Aug 14, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      hello everyone,
      can someone tell me how to get from san pedro de atacama to buenos aires the fastest way? i am planning to arrive in buenos aires around the 20th of september. are there direct buses?
      thank you very much for your help,

      4 Answers Aug 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM
    • Traveling to chile

      San Pedro de Atacama Jun 10, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Anyone travelling to San de Pedro atamaca this week? With a spare seat?

    • Round trip Calama to San Pedro

      Calama Apr 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Anybody got best idea for this trip? i used Licancabur transfers last week Friday and was left stranded in San Pedro at 20h30 with 2 small kids and no place to stay! trip seems easy enough but need reliable company to use. They also charge 80 000 Pesos for the great service>


    • Arica

      Calama Feb 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Does anyone have info to transport to Arica from Calama, im due to arrive calama at 8pm, will i be able to get a bus to Arica around that time, if so which compnay?. Thanks.

      1 Answer Feb 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM
    • finding couple to share private tour san pedro / salar uyuni 15/19 january

      San Pedro de Atacama Jan 10, 2013 at 6:47 AM

      My husband and I intend to go to the Salar de Uyuni, from San Pedro de Atacama, on January 15, 2013 and returning on Jan. 19. We researched several agencies that make the tours and the best ranked were the Cordillera and Ruta Verde, the latter has oxygen balloon and satellite phone in case of emergency. The cost of the trip its around US 2200 per car, that can be shared by 4. We want to know if any
      couple is interested in sharing the tour with us?
      Thank you

    • Fly to Antofagasta direct from Peru instead of Santiago?

      Antofagasta Jul 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      I am checking out flights to Antofagasta. I am US citizen, in past I have flown from:
      Houston USA, Continental air to Panama City
      Panama City, Copa Airlines to Santiago
      Santiago, SkyAir or LANair to Antofagasta

      This flight is good except I had to buy the domestic Chile flight separately.

      Now I am checking flight that is purchased as one set from multiple airlines:
      Houston USA, Continental air to San Jose Costa Rica
      San Jose, LACSA to Lima Peru
      Lima, TRANS AMERICAN AIRLINES - TACA PERU to Antofagasta

      I am surprised they have international flight directly to Antofagasta as it such a small airport. Is Chile immigration located in Antofagasta or do they have remote immigration office in Lima? (as odd as that sounds I have seen this type of remote immigration before)

      Anyone have experience with this proposed flight plan, please let me know if you had good/bad experiences. Perhaps also a suggestion on amount of time required at each stop in case Lima or San Jose are troublesome places to connect.


      3 Answers Aug 15, 2011 at 3:38 PM
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      San Pedro to Uyuni

      San Pedro de Atacama Jun 23, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      Is this 2 night trip too arduous a trip for 2 people in their early 60s?

      If I spent a few days in San Pedro taking day trips, then a train or bus to Uyuni, would I get similar experience with more comfort?

      Can anyone offer guidance?

      3 Answers Jun 28, 2011 at 3:56 AM
    • Visa for Bolivia

      San Pedro de Atacama Dec 14, 2010 at 4:41 PM

      We wish to join a tour from San Pedro to Uyuni. However, we (from Hong Kong) do not have Bolivia visa. Does anyone have experience in obtaining the visa in Calama, San Pedro or the frontier between Chile and Bolivia? Is it easy to get it? How long will it take?

      By the way, one of us holds United Kingdom passport. Does the passport holder require visa to enter into Bolivia?

      All advice/comment are highly appreciated in advance.

      2 Answers Dec 14, 2010 at 11:11 PM
    • Visa to Bolivia

      San Pedro de Atacama Dec 13, 2010 at 11:05 PM

      We plan to join a tour from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni, Bolivia. However, we do not have Bolivia visa. Does any VT members know whether we can apply it in Calama or San Pedro de Atacama? Can we apply for the visa at the border between Chile and Bolivia?

    • HELP: Want to go to Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro but worried about altitude sickness

      San Pedro de Atacama Oct 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

      Hi all. I'm on a trip around south america and am a bit tight for time as I need to be in Arequipe around 3rd November. Tomorrow I go to Valparaiso in Chile and then get a bus to San Pedro de Atacama. From there I would like to do the Salar de Uyuni (I dont care that it costs more) and then return to San Pedro and from there head to Arequipa.

      However I found the following in this link:

      "One more tip.... on the first night we stayed in the same place as a group that was coming the opposite way from San Pedro to Uyuni. They were all suffering terribly from altitude sickness, with the vomiting and insomnia and feeling miserable. Our driver told us if you come that way you gain 2,000 metres altitude in 40minutes from San Pedro to the border so it is inevitable really. He said he would not do it that way round! Coming from Uyuni you gain 1,500m over 3 days, although you would probably still feel it if you had not already been in La Paz or Uyuni."

      This has me worried. Doing the tour from Uyuni is not an option for me, considering my time restrictions. It is either from San Pedro or from nowhere.

      How big a risk is it doing the tour from San Pedro? I was thinking of spending a few days in San Pedro and doing the various one day tours of the local area which are all above 4000m, and if I dont feel well during those tours then I could give Uyuni a miss. If I feel good during those tours then perhaps that means I'd be ok to do the Salar de Uyuni.

      Any advice would be great. I was at 2,850 metres today near Mendoza in the Andes and I felt fine.

      8 Answers Oct 26, 2010 at 7:05 PM
    • Getting to Uyuni after doing the Salar de Uyuni Tour and spending a few nights in San Pedro

      San Pedro de Atacama Oct 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM


      I have been looking around a bit but can't find a definitive answer one way or the other. I have read that it is possible to start in Uyuni to do the 3-4 day tour and finish in San Pedro, but I'm not sure if it's possible to go back to Uyuni after spending a few nights in San Pedro directly or whether I would have to do the tour or find some other way to get back?

      I really want to head to La Paz after the tour but I also want to spend a few nights in San Pedro if possible (and worthwhile). The other option I was looking at was possible heading over to Salta after San Pedro and flying from there to Santa Cruz and onto La Paz...To be honest I don't know anything about Salta and don't really know if it's a good place to see or not.


      1 Answer Oct 19, 2010 at 10:52 PM
    • Air charter for atacama salt flats

      San Pedro de Atacama Jul 27, 2010 at 7:55 PM

      I am an australian based photographer and will be in chile in September, I am looking to do some aerial photography of the atacama salt flats. anyone know where i cna hire a light aircraft in the vicinity or companies that run scenic air tours. thanks, steve

      2 Answers Jul 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM