Planning the Ultimate Chile Road Trip

by Agustin Rojas | May 2 2019

If you’re looking to head on a road trip around a country that is full of diverse landscapes, then Chile is the place for you. This South American gem is full of dry deserts, fjords full of glaciers, and temperate rainforests, so you’d be sure to see some jaw-dropping sights if you chose to venture around it.


To ensure that your adventure is everything you want it to be, you have to take the following advice and put it into practice


Here’s how to plan the ultimate Chile road trip:


Rent a car


In order to make sure you are not forced to endure any hiccups during your traveling adventure, you should rent a car prior to touching down in Chile. Today, thanks to the likes of Advantage and their international car rental services, picking up a vehicle in this beautiful country is easier than ever before. Whether you want to pick up your vehicle in Coyhaique Airport, Calama, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, or Santiago, your wants and needs will be covered.


By getting your transportation sorted as early as you can, you will leave yourself more time to tackle the fun part of the planning process — where it is you will be going!


Pinpoint your destinations


In order to turn your Chile road trip into an epic adventure, you need to choose the destinations that you travel to wisely. Some places and areas in this beautiful country will suit you more so than others, depending on what it is you like and appreciate about traveling.


A number of Chile’s top road trip destinations include:


San Pedro de Atacama

Starting your epic road trip in the plains of San Pedro de Atacama is a must. Here, you’ll be able to take in all manner of stunning landscapes, the best of which surely being the Valle de la Luna. With its geysers that spurt out boiling hot water, its salt flats that stretch as far as the eye can see, its volcanoes that bubble away without becoming dangerous, and its gorgeous hot springs, it would be a shame for you not to catch a glimpse of it.


Valle de Elqui

Head along Route 5, and you will find the large coastal city of Valle de Elqui. With colonial and neo-colonial buildings and monuments to be found at every corner, this a place that all keen architects should definitely pay a visit to. If you’re more of a nature lover, then head to the nearby Pan de Azúcar National Park instead. Here, you’ll find Humboldt penguins by the boatload and you’ll even be able to see dolphins swimming away off the coast.



The perfect place to end your adventure (especially if you’ve taken the above advice and booked a vehicle for your trip), is Santiago. In this lively capital city, thanks to it being to close to a host of nearby vineyards, you will be able to enjoy some of the finest red wine that South American has to offer.