To rent a car in Chile, normally you must be at least 22 years old. You should get an international driver´s licence
before travelling to Chile: The car rental companies and the police
also accept a national driver´s licence at times. However, insurance
companies may not cover damages in case of an accident if the car driver
cannot provide an international licence. Our advice: bring them both!
You must leave a blank voucher of an international credit card
with sufficient funds (minimum of approx. 1,000 USD) as a security
deposit with the car rental company. The credit card has to be owned by
the person who rents the vehicle.
When returning the car in a different location, one-way fees apply.
The price of the car rental always includes unlimited mileage
(kilometraje libre), insurance (seguro, generally including deductible)
and VAT (IVA). With our partners, you can count on a 24 hours emergency
hotline and breakdown/towing service in some parts of Chile.
If you want to take the car abroad (to Argentina) you have to consider an additional fee consisting of an additional foreign car insurance and notary costs.
Car Choice & Accessories
choosing the car type you should take into account the number of
passengers and the level of comfort required. Above all, consider
carefully where you plan on travelling:
- When you plan to visit well-connected tourist centers, a common small or compact "city" vehicle will do.
- When you plan to visit the national parks in the Andes, or to discover remote regions (i.e. the Carretera Austral) you should choose a pickup truck (4x2) with sufficient clearance. Most access roads are unpaved.
wilderness tours in very remote regions (i.e. to reach starting points
of mountain tours) and at very high altitudes, we recommend a vehicle
with four wheel drive. These cars are much more expensive than common
For longer trips on unpaved roads we recommend a pickup truck
(camioneta) instead of a jeep. Trucks are more stable on the road, more
robust and easier to drive than jeeps. The pickup trucks with full
equipment have a spacious cabin (4 doors), comfortable seats and air
conditioning. You can protect your luggage against rain and some dust
with a hardtop or a plastic cover (availability and costs depending on
If needed, please ask for a second spare wheel and a
reserve canister. Both are very useful when travelling in remote regions
for a longer period.
Travel guides and maps of Chile
Recommendations for current travel guides and maps of Chile you can find here.
More information on Driving in Chile.