Hitching north, or just away from there
<map lat='-32.426938' lng='-71.329218' zoom='16' view='1' float='right'/>
There is a little "Restaurant" for truck drivers with a huge parking space (the satellite map shows it best). Although a truck driver did not gave me a lift, a car every one or two minutes passes by. There are many pickups with a huge antenna, they belong to the mines, if you are wondering what that thing is.
If you really can't get a ride, hail down one of the many buses and pay to the next major city La Serena
Bernhard got a lift from Santiago de Chile to the nice town in the middle of nothing named La Ligua. I waited maybe 20 minutes until I got an amazing ride from one of those mining cars for as many as 1500km north to Calama.