Chile is a very safe country, so exploring it by car presents few problems. The roads are generally in good condition, and most attractions can be reached without difficulty in a normal rental car. However, if you plan on travelling through rough terrain (for example, high in the Andes), you may want to opt for a 4×4 pick-up or jeep. The Chilean people are friendly and helpful, and in the countryside theft is virtually unknown. All-in-all, driving is a very pleasant way to explore Chile.
Chile is a very long and narrow country: while averaging just 180 km in east-to-west width, it stretches 4000 km from its northernmost to its southernmost point! We therefore recommend travelling by plane between major zones of the country, then switching to automobile to tour individual regions. If you choose this option, your car will be waiting for you at each airport. We will arrange all the details, including hotel and ferry reservations. We will provide you with excellent maps and route descriptions, and will be available for you during your entire trip.
We have carefully developed the following example routes, which include convenient breaks and stops. But we’re always happy to modify any plan to meet your wishes: just tell us how many days you’d like to spend in each region – or how many days overall – and we’ll provide you with an optimized itinerary.
|Antofagasta – Iquique – Arica||Altiplano||6 Days|
|Antofagasta – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama||Atacama Desert||7 Days|
|Araucanía-Route||Lake Region||7 Days|
|Route of Forests and Lakes||Lake Region||7 or 9 Days|
|Chile – Argentina||Lake Region||8 Days|
|Volcano Route||Lake Region||8 Days|
|Northern Carretera Austral||Carretera Austral||8 Days|
|Southern Carretera Austral||Carretera Austral||6 Days|
|Torres del Paine National Park||Patagonia||6 Days|