The trip from Iquique to Oruro lasts about 18 hours. The bus crosses the Chilean desert and makes a stop in Colchane-Pisiga where passengers spend the night until the border opens in the morning. After clearing migration, the bus goes directly to Oruro. Buses leave at 6:00pm and arrive in Oruro at around 11:00am.
The Bolivian city of Oruro is 478 km from Iquique, a port city in Chile known for its commercial and tourist activities. Oruro, on the other hand, is known for its amazing carnival, epicenter of Bolivian folklore, and for its strategic location for traveling to destinations like Uyuni.
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Iquique to Oruro Bus Timetable
TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM IQUIQUE TO ORURO
Tickets Bolivia offers one bus travel option for this journey:
Direct trip: There is a direct bus that goes from Iquique to Oruro. The journey takes 18 hours and the bus leaves at 6:00pm. Buses arrive at the bus terminal located on Avenida Circumvalación (between Gregorio Reynolds and Campo Jordan). The company doing this route is Jet Nort (semi lie-flat buses).
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SOME TOURISTIC INFORMATION THAT CAN BE OF INTEREST
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.
Virgen del 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.
The 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.
The 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.