In order to travel by bus from La Paz to Calama, you need to break up your trip in two sections, as the direct route is not offered by bus companies at this time. The most efficient way to make the trip is to travel first from La Paz to Oruro, and from there to take a direct bus to Calama. Oruro is 224 km away from La Paz and the trip by bus takes around 3 hours. The buses from La Paz to Oruro leave every half an hour from the bus terminal located on Avenida Peru. Before boarding the bus, you need to pay a small fee of 2.5 Bs called "Uso de Terminal".
The buses arrive in
Oruro at the bus terminal located on Gregorio Reynolds. From that same bus
terminal you can take a direct bus to Calama. Calama is located 766 km from
Oruro and the trip by bus takes around 9 hours. The buses leave every day at
13:00 and at 23:00. The bus crosses the altiplano, and the border crossing is
in Colchane. You will arrive in Calama at the bus terminal, located on
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Founded at the crossing of two Inca trails, Calama is now a mining town, and still serves as a stopover for people headed elsewhere. Some people traveling to San Pedro de Atacama end up spending the night here, and the town does have a few attractions of its own.
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