Travel by land between Arica and La Paz is very common, as locals of both cities love the change of airs from the mountains and buzzing activity of La Paz, the Bolivian capital, to the quieter salty airs of the Chilean city of Arica on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The fastest, and only option to do this route is by land as there are no direct flights between these two cities.
The bus between Arica and La Paz takes about 8 hours and goes through the border of Tambo Quemado. Crossing the border is very easy, there is a new migration center built and it usually takes about 30 minutes to get accross.
Arica is a port and coastal city 488 km from La Paz, and the 8-hour journey by bus takes you through amazing landscapes of the Bolivian altiplano, notably the Sajama National Park and Lauca National Park, near the Andes mountain range, through deserts and valleys until you reach Arica. The Chilean city offers beautiful beaches, amazing seafood and shopping experiences of all kinds and tailored to all pockets. Travelers descend around 3,900 meters, from the highest point at the border to sea level in Arica.
Buses to Arica depart from the Bus Station in La Paz, located on Peru Av. (see map in the link below).
See the table below for information about bus companies, times of departure and prices. Hours of arrival and departure are in local time.
La Paz to Arica
To travel by bus from Arica to La Paz you have to take the bus from the Bus Station, located on Diego Portales Av. # 948. (see map below).
The journey takes 8 hours through Panamericana road, passing little towns like Valle de Luta, Pukara de Copaquilla to finally arrive at the border Chungurá-Tambo Quemado between Chile and Bolivia. The bus will stop at this border to do migration and customs, and then will continue along the Bolivian highlands through breathtaking landscapes, including the Sajama mountain. See the table below for more information.
Arica to La Paz
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