== Border Crossings ==
Crossing the Andes can be a little trickier than in most countries due to the high altitude.
The police are also stricter about what can be brought into the country than in any other place in the continent: it is forbidden to enter with any kind of organic stuff such as fruits, veggies, beans, seeds, cheese, etc. You can try to pass them in your pockets. Just be sure to declare that you are passing with some organic stuff (rice, mate, polenta) so they can't charge you for lying and play dumb if you get caught. Worked for me with one bag of pine nuts (piñones) and one bag of seeds.
You can also only bring 2 packs of cigarettes, since they are much more expensive in Chile.
To enter Chile there is first a stop where they give the driver a piece of paper saying how many people are in the vehicle. If you are not going to go all the way with the same driver don ' t forget to ask for a specific piece that say you are crossing on foot or something. Also drivers can be reluctant to pick you up all the way through the border so a sign sayin ' Frontera or Aduana might help ( then you can speak with them in the car)
north, most of the trucks will not pick you up because are afraid that Gendarmes can complains, [[User: Eazy| eazy]] took a lift from a local truck and asked the driver to stop a Paraguayan truck for him.
only official border to /from Perú is "Paso Chacalluta" where [[ User:MOAH|Mind of a Hitchhiker]] hitchhiked over the border from [[ Tacna]] in Perú ( complejo fronteriza Santa Rosa) to [[ Arica]] (complejo fronteriza de Chacalluta) in Chile in 2016 and describes the process as following. People get a little nervous around this border so it might be hard to convince people to take you all the way through customs, which is mandatory with the form that says the number of people in the vehicle which they need to show at both sides. Your driver will need your name, document number and a few other details like whether you're married or not. After getting your entrance stamp to Chile, the Chilean side requires you to fill in a form declaring you don't carry seeds and other plant products or have more than one laptop, two phones and some other random rules applying to your luggage. Only your luggage goes through the x-ray machine and your body doesn' t go through a metal detector, so what' s in your pockets probably remains your own business. Occasionally they have dogs here. Upon leaving Chile for Perú your luggage might be checked too but there' s not information on how to pass in the opposite direction. At the Peruvian side all people get out of the car to pass through immigration without their luggage.You' ll get to fill in a form of which you get a stamped piece of paper which you need to carry around until you leave Perú. The Peruvian side should be relatively easy to get through. The distance between both offices is less than one km if you do everything by foot. After passing both borders with your driver you can find another ride or just carry on with your driver as everybody drives through the big cities of Tacna and Arica either way.
Paso Jama''' is the northernmost pass across the andes between San Pedro, CL and Juyjuy, AR. Coming from Chile, [[ User:Dr.Keith|Keith]] had to have his pack x-rayed. There are lots of Paraguayan trucks passing through here and few civillians. [[ User:Dr.Keith|Keith]] waited 1. 5 hours in San Pedro and 2 hours at the border. The border is at 4200m and can be extremely windy and cold, especially at night - be prepared!
'''Paso San Fransisco''' is between [[ Copiapo]] , Chile and [[San Miguel de Tucuman|San Miguel]], Argentina. There is little traffic along this route and you could wait for days at 3800m. Not recommended.
'''Paso Internacional Los Libertadores''' between [[ Mendoza]] and [[Santiago]] is probably the best option with lots of truck and civillian traffic. You will also pass Mt. Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Southern and Western hemispheres.
At '''Paso Austral''', you can possibly expect a needlessly complicated and long process once you arrive to Argentine customs if their X-Ray machine is broken (which it often is). They must do a manual search of your bags and tend to find silly, irrelevant things like tin foil that are apparently a matter of National Security. [[User:Themodernnomad|themodernnomad]] was once delayed leaving Argentina at the Paso Austral to Chile for several hours because of a ' suspicion' that turned out to be baseless. Fortunately, the '' Gendarmeria'' have poorly trained attack dogs who care more about playing with towels than sniffing for contraband.
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