Traveling form Calama to Oruro by bus takes about 14 hours. During the journey you will observe the landscapes of the altiplano and stop briefly at the Pisiga/Colchane border where you will cross the border. The bus will finally arrive at the Oruro bus terminal, located on calle Gregorio Reynolds, just 10 minutes from the city center. Oruro is located 766km from Calama in the Bolivian altiplano region.
Calama is a city on the Loa River in the Antofagasta region in northern Chile. Set in a mining area, it’s known as a gateway to San Pedro de Atacama and tourist attractions such as the Valle de la Luna and the Tatio Geysers. Oruro is a key destination in Bolivia due to its strategic position for traveling by bus or train to Uyuni, La Paz and Cochabamba. It is also known for its gastronomy and for holding one of the most important carnivals in Latin America.
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Calama to Oruro Bus Timetable
TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM CALAMA TO ORURO
Tickets Bolivia offers you several options to travel by bus on this route:
Direct trip: There are direct buses from Calama to Oruro. The journey takes 14 hours. There is one bus company doing this route: Trans Salvador (semi lie-flat and lie-flat buses), with a 12:00pm and a 10:00pm departure. Buses leave from the Turbus bus terminal on Avenida Granaderos.
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SOME TOURISTIC INFORMATION THAT CAN INTEREST YOU
Carnival of Oruro: The Carnival of Oruro is an annual festival held in Oruro. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bolivia. Its history goes back more than 200 years, and it is an indigenous festival which later merged with Catholic rituals.
Virgin of Socavon: The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Socavon (Virgin of the Mines) was built in 1781. Here locals worship the Virgin, patron saint of the miners. The sanctuary also has religious art museum and can be accessed by cable car in the weekends.
Obrajes Hot Springs: About 20 kilometers east of the city there is an important area of thermal waters which is quickly becoming known among tourists and Bolivians as the country’s best medicinal-recreational center. Locals believe its waters have curative qualities and there is accommodation there.
Capachos Hot Springs: Located 12 kilometers from Oruro, it has hot springs too, along with individual baths and covered pools. The view of the surrounding area is very peaceful and pretty.
Food: Try charquekan, the Oruro specialty dish of dried llama meat served with fresh cheese, beans, corn and spicy sauce.
Accommodation: Book ahead if you are planning to visit Oruro during the Carnival as hotels and hostels will fill up very quickly.