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Air

The Aeropuerto Desierto de Atacama is about 50km west of Copiapó.

LAN Flies to Santiago daily (from CH$60,000, 1½ hours).

Private taxis to the Aeropuerto Desierto de Atacama cost CH$28,000; try Radio Taxi San Francisco. There's also Transfer Casther which ferries new arrivals to town (CH$7000, 40 minutes). Buses and taxi colectivos plowing between Copiapó and Caldera may agree to drop you at the junction, from where it's a straightforward 300m walk to the airport.

Bus & Taxi Colectivo

Bus companies are scattered through Copiapó's southern quarter. Virtually all north–south buses stop here, as do many bound for the interior. Pullman Bus has a large terminal with many departures as does Turbus. Other companies include Expreso Norte, Buses Libac and Condor Bus, all located in a common terminal on Chañarcillo. Note that many buses to northern desert destinations leave at night.

Standard destinations and common fares are shown in the following table.

Antofagasta

Cost (CH$)

15,000

Duration (hr)

8

Arica

Cost (CH$)

25,000

Duration (hr)

18

Calama

Cost (CH$)

20,000

Duration (hr)

10

Iquique

Cost (CH$)

26,000

Duration (hr)

15

La Serena

Cost (CH$)

10,000

Duration (hr)

5

Santiago

Cost (CH$)

30,000

Duration (hr)

12

Vallenar

Cost (CH$)

7000

Duration (hr)

2

Buses Casther goes every 30 minutes to Caldera (CH$2500).