1. Drive from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in a combi.
This journey spans 1200 kilometers. There are a few great routes you can take. This first one is a little more interesting and get’s you off the highway; Los Vilos, Illapel, Combarbalá, Monte Patria, Ovalle with the nearby Embalse La Paloma and back to the highway or take Santiago to Copiapó (around 10 hours), Copiapó to Antofagasta (12 hours).
Little tip, don’t forget to keep the fuel tanks full, and don’t go past a pump without filling up, especially at Aqua Caliente where the next opportunity is more than 130 kilometers.