Our Institute is located on the campus of the Universidad de Atacama in Copiapó, Atacama region, Chile.
Copiapó is the capital city of the Atacama region (third region) of Chile, that is located about 800 km north of Santiago.
We are located at the "Edificio Doctoral" in the north area of UDA campus.
There are some lines of shared taxis (called colectivos) that reach the UDA, namely numbers 6,7,66, & 77 that you can pick in the Chañarcillo road, and that can drop you near the traffic light between av. Copayapu and av. Centenario. The price for the ride is 600 CLP. (blue line in the map)
Otherwise you can take a taxi (the black and yellow, not the yellow one) and ask to go to "UDA Area Norte", drop at the trafic light, cross the main road and walk 100m to reach our Institute. The price for the ride is around 4,000 CLP.
The city airport is located 70 km away from Copiapo, near to the town of Caldera (to avoid the frequent fog in the morning that was present at the old airport near the city center).
The airport is served by two airlines: LAN and SKY with connections only to and from Santiago.
Once you arrive at the airport (website) you can reach the city via transfer, taxi or a car rental. There are a few regional buses that make a stop at the airport but with no fixed times, so we strongly discourage this option.
You can buy the transfer ticket (transfer) directly at the airport in the arrival room, and the price is 7,000 CLP (price at October 2017).
You can also arrange for a taxi: you can find some useful numbers to call in advance of you flight at this page (taxi). The price will be around 25,000 CLP (November 2015).
Otherwise you can rent a car: you can find the companies that operate at the airport in this page (rent a car). Keep in mind that some companies adopt the weekend formula.