Self-Drive: Between the Mountains and the Sea 5d

Itinerary

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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)

Day 3

COLCHAGUA VALLEY – PICHILEMU (139 KM / 86 MI)

In the morning you will leave this wonderful green valley behind and drive toward the coast to reach the beautiful town of Pichilemu. On the way, it is recommended to make a stop at the village of Lolol knowns for its history and a delightful museum. Another interesting town, a bit farther northwest is Cáhuil recognized for its production of handcrafts made from salt. After sightseeing and perhaps even souvenir shopping continue on the road towards your destination. Once having arrived in Pichilemu you will have the rest of the evening at leisure to enjoy the town as you please. Overnight in Pichilemu. (B)

Day 4

 FULL DAY PICHILEMU

Today you will have the entire day to discover this picturesque town and its surroundings. Pichilemu is internationally known for its surfing championships, its incredible black sand beaches, and several famous monuments. The most popular beach is Punta de Lobos where there is an imposing 25-meter cliff surrounded by numerous boulders and where you can spot sea lions resting under the sun. Overnight in Pichilemu. (B)

Day 5
PICHILEMU – SANTIAGO (208 KM / 129 MI)

 

After breakfast hit the road one last time to reach Santiago where you will return your vehicle and board your departure flight. (B)

 

Rates 2018/2019

Valid through to April 30, 2019

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.

 

This self-drive itinerary is set in the region around Santiago, in the Central Valley and Coast. Santiago, the capital of Chile receives numerous international flights every day. The start of this itinerary is right in Santiago, or at the airport
  • 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.
Chile car rental companies charge an additional airport service fee when the vehicle will be picked up from the airport. This service charge is not included in the published rates. This extra fee has to be paid upon returning the car.

Weather

The climate of Central Chile is almost Mediterranean, warm to hot and dry during the summer (Jan-Mar) and relatively mild, wet winters. It is a little colder along the coast, and of course, the mountain climate depends on the altitude. With the dry weather and sea breeze, this is a perfect viticulture climate, and Chile is famous for its wines.

 

 

 

 

 Car types

Europcar

cat C1 – Hyundai Accent Rb Gls or similar

cat D2 – New Mazda 3 Sedan S1,6 5 (mt) or Similar

Hertz

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.

 

Driving License

Foreign nationals must have an international driver’s license in order to be able to drive in Chile.

Hotel Terraviña (Standard Room)
The old family winery, Hotel Terra Viña, is surrounded by beautiful mountains and vineyards. The 19 rooms are available with one King size bed, one Twin or Triple with 3 separate beds. The master suite comprises of a bedroom and a living room. All rooms are equipped with private colonial style bathrooms with crafted ceramic tiles, oak floors, cable TV, a safety box, a fan, central heating and a balcony with spectacular view towards the Andean Mountains. The panoramic view, the swimming pool and the wine bar in this historic winery ensure a pleasant stay.

Posada Punta de Lobos (Standard Room)

A rustic lodge in modern design, using natural materials, right on the beach, provides an ideal base in this little resort town, and is very popular with surfers.  Double rooms are fitted with a double bed or two single beds, a private bathroom, and a terrace overlooking the garden. The triple room has one double bed or three single beds, a private bathroom, and a terrace overlooking the garden.  The posada has 8 rooms, a restaurant, as well as a spa area, offering massages, salt and eucalyptus tub, saunas, outdoor wooden tinaja and swimming pools.