June 15, 2018 – Central Chile, valleys between the sea and mountains
Central Chile consists of idyllic valleys nestled between the Pacific Ocean and two mountains, the Coastal Mountains and the Andean Mountains. This region of Chile can be excellently explored with your own rental car Chile. The road conditions and infrastructure are very good and the distances pretty close.
Apart from Santiago de Chile and its administrative, economic, political and cultural activities, the central zone of Chile includes the regions of Valparaíso, Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins and Maule. Central Chile is home to ancient Huaso traditions and fertile lands where the best fruits and Chilean world-class wines grow.
The hub of central Chile is undoubtedly the capital Santiago de Chile, where state-of-the-art architecture of the globalized 21st century meets solid local traditions. Santiago de Chile can be explored both by rental car, especially if you want to get to know the interesting outer districts in the north and east, as well as by public transport. Let yourself be surprised by the beautiful parks, the futuristic and colonial architecture as well as a varied nightlife and an exquisite gastronomy.
Another destination not to be missed on your Chile travel list is the port city of Valparaíso, approximately 90 minutes by rental car from Santiago de Chile. Valparaíso has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which is not surprising at the sight of this truly unique city. Stroll through the many colorful hills and enjoy the view of the picturesque harbor of the city. Not far from Valparaíso and very easy to reach with your rented car are the cities of Viña del Mar and Reñaca. These cities invite with endless sandy beaches.
During the Chilean winter, from the end of May to the end of August, you can reach Chile’s ski resorts in the majestic Andes, which have the best ski slopes in South America. Car Rental Chile offers special four-wheel drive rental cars that are suitable to reach the skiing areas of Chile up in the Andes Moutains. It is only a two hours’ drive from the skiing areas to the Pacific Ocean! So, you could even ski in the Andes and dine delicious seafood right on the Chilean coast the same day.
The central region of Chile has the advantage that all places are very easy to reach, even the magnificent national parks, can be visited with your rental car. There are numerous nature reserves, e.g. the La Campana National Park, unique in the Valparaíso region, and the Río Los Cipreses, Siete Tazas, Altos de Lircay and Laguna Torca in the regions of O’Higgins and Maule.
Be sure to plan a few days on the most important sights in the Central Region on your Chile trip. At Car Rental Chile, we are happy to advise you on the optimal itinerary and the appropriate rental car.