Getting There & Away
If time is limited, you can fly from Santiago into many cities in the north, including Antofagasta Iquique, Arica, Calama, which is the nearest airport to San Pedro de Atacama. There are numerous long-haul bus routes connecting major cities in the north with destinations south.
If you are taking a car to Peru or Bolivia, check with the consulate about the latest required forms. The border at Chacalluta is open 8am to midnight (Chilean time) and 24 hours from Friday to Saturday. Be sure to bring extra gas, water and antifreeze. If heading north to Peru, you'll pass through the Complejo Fronterizo Santa Rosa at Tacna, open 7am to 11pm (Peru time), and 24 hours Friday to Saturday.