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Getting to and away from Tacna


Aeropuerto Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa is five kilometers (3 mi) south of the city: Carretera Panamericana Sur, Km 5. Tel: 314-672.

Lan Perú flies once daily to Lima (2 hr, from $109). Lan takes major credit cards. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Apurímac 101. Tel: 428-346, Fax: 246-102, URL:


Most fruits and vegetables are banned from entering Tacna and Moquegua Departments. Bags and vehicles are checked upon entering these districts.

Most buses depart Tacna from Terminal Terrestre Manuel A. Odría (Ca. Hipólito Unanúe s/n. Tel: 427-007, Fax: 423-009). To the left of the roadside is the national terminal, with police post, restaurant, bag keep ($1-1.50 per hour), shops, bathrooms, tourist information office, internet, phones and GlobalNet ATM (Visa, Plus, MasterCard, Cirrus, American Express, Diners Club).

To Arequipa (6-7 hrs): Flores (hourly between 5 a.m.-10 p.m., $10-16); Civa (9 p.m., $11-15); Cruz del Sur (1:30 p.m., $13-16); Oltursa (3 p.m., $11-15). Also Angelitos Negros, Moquegua, Pacífico, others. Many stop at Moquegua.

To Cusco: Go by way of Arequipa.

To Ica (14-16 hrs): Cial (1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., $15-19). Alternatively, take any Lima-bound bus (expect to pay full fare to Lima).

To Lima (18-20 hrs): Buses leave mostly between noon-7:30 p.m. Cial ($37-48); Civa ($23-34); Cruz del Sur ($40-58); Flores ($30-48); Oltursa ($37-54). Also Ormeño, Pullman del Sur.

To Nasca (10-12 hrs): Cial (1:30 p.m., $30-45; 5:30 p.m., $12); Cruz del Sur (2 p.m., 6 p.m., $40-58).

To Puno: Pacífico, or go by way of Arequipa.

Other buses for Puno, Cusco and Desaguadero depart from Terminal Terrestre El Kollasuyo (Emancipación s/n and Av. Haití, Distrito Alto de la Alianza. Tel: 312-538). Ormeño has international buses south to Chile and Argentina, and north to Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. Various companies also have service to Moquegua and Ilo.

Colectivos and busetas (minibuses) for Chile leave from the international section of Terminal Terrestre Manuel A. Odría, opposite the national terminal. This terminal has an iPeru office, shops, restaurant, phones, internet, bathrooms, exchange houses, travel agents and other facilities. See Border Crossing: Santa Rosa, Peru/Chacalluta, Chile for details on transportation to that country.

For combis and other transport to towns within the Tacna region, including the coast, go to Terminal Terrestre Francisco Bolognesi, commonly called Terminal Pesquero (4 a.m.-9 p.m. Av. Circunvalación s/n. Tel: 711-786).


Once daily (in season, twice daily) from Monday-Saturday, a train departs for Arica, Chile. See Border Crossing: Santa Rosa, Peru/Chacalluta, Chile for details.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Tacna: Train across the Northern Atacama Desert,

21 Jun 2012

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