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Self Drive Chile
There are a number of destinations that are best enjoyed if you have your own car. With your own car you can also visit a number of locations throughout Chile at your own pace and get to places a lot easier than without a car. The self-drive option is thus a good one – for some areas.
 
Such areas are:
In the north of Chile – the sector from La Serena heading east to Vicuna and then around to the tiny village of Pisco Elqui.
 
The coastal sector of Zapallar (picking car up in Santiago) and then driving along the Pacific coast down to Valparaiso.
 
The wine valley of Colchagua (again with car pick up and drop-off in Santiago).
 
In the Lake Region, from Temuco (car pick-up at airport) to Pucon, down to Panguipulli and then further down to Puerto Varas, all the time exploring the area around the lakes. From Puerto Varas there is the option to also keep the car and go over to Chiloe Island, finally dropping the car at Puerto Montt.
 
The Carretera Austral (the Southern Road) has to be explored with a car. The best option is to do a car pick-up at Balmaceda airport (Coyhaique) and return to here too, or you could take the car from Puerto Montt, but with return drop-off also at Puerto Montt otherwise the drop-off fee will be very high.
 
In Patagonia a car can be useful in Torres del Paine – but at the same time it can be a hindrance because you will always need to return to where you left it and that can be a hassle. However, from Punta Arenas and from Puerto Natales a car will enable you to go when you want to wherever, including over to El Calafate in Argentina (for which a permit is required in advance).
 
*Note. Practically all rent a car web sites that are linked to OUTSIDE of Chile will tend to show car rental rates that do NOT allow for Chilean VAT (19%) and obligatory insurance. These two extras will be applied to the car rental cost when you arrive to Chile and get your car, however, the CHILE rent a car rates already include these extras.
 
We can organise car rental as part of your overall itinerary from any of the established car rental pick-up locations and in some areas can arrange for car delivery to you at your hotel.
Please ask.
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