The area between the beaches of the northern Chilean Pacific Coast and the highlands (Altiplano) is full of wonderful landscapes. With your own rental car you are flexible and you can discover all the amazing attractions of the Altiplano independenlty.
Well planned with the right partner, a rental car trip to the Altiplano region is safe and uncomplicated.
Our sample itinerary covers the Altiplano in a nutshell – after all, there is so much to discover in the rest of Chile!
It’s best to plan your trip in Chile with your own rental vehicle in stages and to cover the long distances with domestic flights. Car-Rental-Chile makes it possible: We will be happy to advise you on domestic flights and assist you with the booking process.
First of all, a few tips on trips with a rental car to the Altiplano area:
Some highland roads are remote gravel roads where you rarely see other vehicles. There may be poor cell phone reception, so in case of a breakdown you should be well prepared. In orderto make sure you do not have to worry about emergencies, Car-Rental-Chile offers additional accessories such as emergency kits, extra spare tires, and tools.
Please be aware, that most of the roads are made of gravel, sand or stones, so we recommend careful driving. Keep in mind that, on gravel roads you can only go about half as fast as on asphalt.
Always bring about twice as much mineral water (be careful with tap water in Northern Chile) as you need and don´t forget to put warm clothing or blankets in the car – in the evenings, the temperatures in the Altiplano drop very fast.
Also, make sure to fuel your rental car at every opportunity, because gas stations are few and far between in some areas.
Be careful with the altitude! As the name says, the Altiplano (“high plateau”) is located high; some attractions are at about 4,500m altitude. Travellers with health issues or those having suffered from altitude sickness before , should rather refrain from this tour – health comes first!
Accommodations in Arica and Iquique range from simple hostels to high-end hotels.