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Atacama to Jujuy via Paso de Jama, or Atacama to Arica???

need some more specific info about which of these 2 possible routes to take if anyone could provide some input. if i have it all wrong and need to do something else, let me know!

OPTION 1: paso san francisco - bahia englesa - antofagasta - atacama desert - san salvador de jujuy via paso de jama to villazon - uyuni - potosi - sucre - santa cruz, bolivia

OPTION 2: paso san francisco - bahia englesa - antofagasta - atacama desert - iquique - arica - lauca national park - oruru - uyuni - sucre - santa cruz, bolivia

google map of options 2: Cordoba, Argentina to Santa Cruz, Bolivia - Google Maps

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What is the specific information that you are after? Road conditions, tarred, ripio?

I've did parts of your option 1. All tarred except for Tupiza to Uyuni.
San Pedro de Atacama - san salvador de jujuy via paso de jama to villazon - uyuni - potosi - sucre.
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my option 1 leads me into northern argentina, experiencing parts of the legendary route 40, then into bolivia that way.

my option 2 takes me away from northern argentina, instead to the north chile coast and into bolivia via the lauca national park.

i guess i'm wondering which of those two routes has the most to see, best roads, and in general the best experience.

also wondering which parts of bolivia will be accessible during the rainy season - i'd arrive in early march. so which areas should be avoided during that time. i've heard the yungas are even more dangerous during that time than they already are.
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my option 1 leads me into northern argentina, experiencing parts of the legendary route 40, then into bolivia that way.

my option 2 takes me away from northern argentina, instead to the north chile coast and into bolivia via the lauca national park.

i guess i'm wondering which of those two routes has the most to see, best roads, and in general the best experience.

also wondering which parts of bolivia will be accessible during the rainy season - i'd arrive in early march. so which areas should be avoided during that time. i've heard the yungas are even more dangerous during that time than they already are.
Don't get hung up on routes, be prepared to adapt. Conditions change.

I've just ridden in north Argentina (Nov, very very hot), Bolivia was just getting wet. Am now in Chile heading south again, using the coast road from Iquique. This is cooler than northen Argentina. Ruta 5 is also cooler.

Gather info, and then make up your mind depending on your mood and weather :-)
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Don't get hung up on routes, be prepared to adapt. Conditions change.

Gather info, and then make up your mind depending on your mood and weather :-)
good advice. now was a good time for me to hear it.
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Argentine Customs Location

I'm in Susques, Argentina, prepping to cross over Paso de Jama once the snow clears. I've read that the Argentine customs is at Jama...right on the border...and I've also read that it is in Susques. Which is true?
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you are doing fine. just head toward chile 27. the customs area is right on the border, if you are headed into san pedro de atacama. it's a small crossing, but it's there.
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