Getting There & Away

San Pedro has a newish bus terminal about a kilometer southeast of the plaza. All buses depart and arrive here. One company, Tur Bus, has an office downtown where you can book tickets.

Buses Atacama 2000 has regular departures to Calama (from CH$3000, three daily), where you can connect to its Uyuni bus. Buses Frontera del Norte goes to Calama (five daily) as well as Arica (from CH$18,000) and Iquique (CH$15,000), departing at 9:45pm every night.

Tur Bus has hourly buses to Calama (CH$3000 to CH$4000), from where you can connect to all major destinations in Chile.

Andesmar serves Salta and Jujuy, Argentina, leaving at 8am on Wednesday and Sunday (from CH$30,000, 12 hours with border time). Pullman Bus departs at 9:30am on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for similar prices. Géminis also goes to Salta (CH$32,000, 12 hours) on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 9:30am.

Several agencies in town offer transfer services to Calama airport including Tour Magic, which has regular bus service three times a day from the bus terminal to the airport (per person CH$8000, 1½ hours).

Getting Around

Mountain bikes are a terrific way to steam around San Pedro. Be sure to carry plenty of water and sunblock. Several agencies and hostels rent mountain bikes, for the current going rate of about CH$6000 per day. Some agencies will give out photocopied maps to guide your forays.