Chile Car Hire

Dirt road in Patagonia, Chile

Renting an Alamo hire car to pick up in Chile is hassle-free, and you have the opportunity to select a model to meet you and your family or party's needs. It's the most convenient and economical way to travel while you are enjoying your holiday.

From burning deserts in the north through thick forests and grasslands scattered with silver lakes, down to icy fjords in the south and a string of islands, Chile is a land full of things to discover. It's a place where you can see active volcanoes and shimmering ice fields, and watch stunning Pacific sunsets where the whole sky turns pink. For any visitor to Chile, car hire is a must, because fascinating as the likes of Santiago and Puente Alto are, there's so much to see beyond the cities.

Places to drive

It isn't possible to drive from the top to the bottom of Chile because the Patagonia ice field gets in the way, but there are still plenty of other amazing routes available. Driving through the northern part of the Atacama Desert is amazing at night, because the dryness of the air means this is the best place in the world for seeing the stars (in pictures of the Earth seen from space, the Atacama is the one brown patch amid all that blue and green). In the south of the country, you can explore ancient Araucanía, where the Mapuche were the last major Native American civilisation to hold out against the European conquest, and where they still dwell in isolated communities deep into the forest. There's a sense of timelessness in these places echoed by the coastal roads south of Santiago where you can look out across the ocean.

Things to know

Chile is famous for having the best roads in South America (better than many in Europe) but there's a reason for this: many of them are toll roads. When you arrange your car rental, make sure you get a pre-pay device in your vehicle. This will give you the option of using these roads (it's not always possible to pay on site) and you can pay the charges when you return your vehicle.

Chilean drivers rarely give way and you may find that you need to drive quite aggressively if you want to change lanes, but otherwise they are courteous, making for a safe and pleasant driving experience.

Why choose Alamo car rental?

Alamo Rent A Car is an international brand established in 1974, book online today and you will benefit from:

  • Competitive fully inclusive prices
  • Award-winning customer service
  • No hidden charges or credit card fees
  • Free breakdown assistance included with every USA & Canada rental. This covers you in the event of any mechanical failure that is not considered to be the customer's fault. If you wish, additional chargeable options are available to you at the pick-up branch.

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