Self-Drive: Between the Mountains and the Sea 5d
This short self-drive itinerary explores one of the most famous wine regions near Santiago, the Colchagua Valley, combined with a short trip to the coastal resort town of Pichilemu, known for its water sports activities.
SANTIAGO – COLCHAGUA VALLEY (162 KM / 101 MI)
Upon your arrival in Santiago pick up your car and drive to the Colchagua Valley. You will start heading towards the town of San Fernando, located at about 140 km south of Santiago and then follow the signs to Colchagua. Along the road, you will be able to see beautiful hills covered by vast vineyards and enchanting colonial estate houses. Overnight in or close to Santa Cruz.
FULL DAY COLCHAGUA VALLEY
While in central Chile a must-do, is to visit the famous Colchagua Valley Wine Route, where you will find more than ten wineries with several hectares of vineyards available to explore. Within the vicinity, you will also find other cultural highlights such as El Huique Museum. In its hallways, you will observe ancient artifacts and relics that will transport you back to life in Chile during the 18th century. Overnight in or close to Santa Cruz. (B)
COLCHAGUA VALLEY – MATANZAS (121 KM / 75 MI)
In the morning you will leave this wonderful green valley behind and drive toward the coast to reach the beautiful town of Matanzas. Along the way make sure to stop for a little sightseeing and perhaps even souvenir shopping. After arriving at Matanzas you will have the rest of the evening to enjoy the town as you please. Overnight in Matanzas. (B)
Today you will have the entire day to discover this picturesque town and its surroundings. Matanzas is known for its shoreline ideal for all different types of aquatic sports such as surf or kitesurfing. Nearby you can also find the Pupuya Beach with uniquely greyish sand and impressive dunes and rock formations. Furthermore you can visit the La Polcura Park, a beautiful nature sanctuary. Last but not least, make sure to try one of the great seafood restaurants recommended for lunch or dinner. Overnight in Matanzas. (B)
MATANZAS – SANTIAGO (165 KM / 103 MI)
After breakfast hit the road one last time to reach Santiago where you will return your vehicle and board your departure flight. (B)
Self-drive itineraries are highly flexible and can be adjusted to your preferences. The rates below are sample rates for this itinerary with the specific car types and hotels mentioned in the table. However, Hotels are subject to availability as well as your choice. The final rate of this itinerary will reflect the specific options you have chosen in the course of developing your itinerary.
Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. For single or triple rates, different hotels or extra nights, please inquire.
|valid thru Apr 30, 2020||May 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2021|
|Rental car||Rate per person|
|Europcar cat C1|
Hyundai Accent Rb Gls or similar
|Europcar cat D2|
New Mazda 3 Sedan S1,6 5 (mt) or Similar
|Mitta cat C|
Toyota Yaris Sedan or similar
|Mitta cat E|
Hyundai Elantra or similar
- 4 nights including breakfast
- 5 days car rental including unlimited free mileage, local tax, full CDW coverage with a deductible (for details see rental contract)
- Roadmap and descriptions.
cat C1 – Hyundai Accent Rb Gls or similar
cat D2 – New Mazda 3 Sedan S1,6 5 (mt) or Similar
cat C – Toyota Yaris Sedan or similar
cat E – Hyundai Elantra or similar
In the central region of Chile the roads are fairly decent, so a regular car can handle them. No 4×4 required.
Please note that rental car companies only commit to supplying a vehicle of a specific category, but not a specific type of vehicle within that category.
Foreign nationals must have an international driver’s license in order to be able to drive in Chile.