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Antofagasta Car Rental Useful Guide

Discovering Antofagasta: A Car Rental Guide

Antofagasta, a port city on Chile's northern coast, is a shimmering gem that mixes urban comforts with raw, natural beauty. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama Desert, it offers both seaside allure and desert enchantment. If you're pondering about navigating this region with a rental car, this guide is here to provide in-depth insights.

1. Antofagasta: An Overview

Often known as the "Pearl of the North," Antofagasta boasts a unique combination of urban modernity and otherworldly desert landscapes. With its roots in saltpetre mining and now a hub for copper mining, the city offers a rich history intertwined with the essence of Chilean northern culture.

2. Benefits of Hiring a Car in Antofagasta

  • Personalized Exploration: Craft your itinerary without relying on tour operators or public transportation schedules.
  • Diverse Landscapes: From coastal drives to desert adventures, a car allows seamless transition between varying terrains.
  • Comfort: Given the city's hot desert climate, traveling in an air-conditioned vehicle offers a respite.

3. Distance to Nearest Airport & Key Details

  • Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport (ANF): Situated approximately 24 km north of downtown Antofagasta, a car drive takes around 30 minutes via Ruta 1 and Ruta 5.

4. Tolls, Road Conditions, and Traffic

  • Tolls: The stretch of Ruta 5 around Antofagasta is currently toll-free. However, always keep some Chilean pesos handy for potential tolls if venturing farther.

  • Road Conditions: Primary roads, especially Ruta 5, are in top-notch condition. But, if you plan to explore the Atacama's deeper pockets, some roads may be sandy or even unpaved.

  • Traffic: While Antofagasta isn't known for heavy traffic, the usual rush hours (7-9 am & 5-7 pm) can be busier, especially near the city center.

5. Must-Visit Attractions & Distances/Routes

a. Within Antofagasta:

  • La Portada: A stunning natural rock arch over the ocean. Located about 20 km north via Ruta 1, it's a quick 30-minute drive.
  • Plaza Colón: The city's main square, hosting the Clock Tower. Located in the heart of the city.

b. Outside Antofagasta:

  • Paranal Observatory: Home to the Very Large Telescope (VLT), it's located around 130 km south of Antofagasta via Ruta 5 and then B-710. Pre-book a weekend tour to get the most out of your visit.
  • Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon): Located within the Salt Mountain Range, this moon-like landscape is about 300 km south via Ruta 5 and B-241.

6. Car Rental Tips for Antofagasta

  • Ensure you have both your domestic driver's license and potentially an International Driving Permit.
  • Given the desert's harsh environment, always check the vehicle's cooling system and tire conditions before renting.
  • Plan your fuel stops, especially when driving deep into the desert.

In Conclusion

Renting a car in Antofagasta provides a tangible sense of freedom, allowing travelers to immerse in the city's dual charm of desert and ocean. With the proper prep and knowledge, you'll be set to explore this unique slice of northern Chile at your own pace. Happy travels!

Current Rental Rates in Antofagasta

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.67 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 305.73 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Manual |

Volkswagen Tiguan

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.56 EUR/day
Volkswagen Tiguan

7 Days rental at 458.98 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |

Seat Ateca

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 74.29 EUR/day
Seat Ateca

7 Days rental at 520.08 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |

Useful to know about Antofagasta

  • Antofagasta is a large and important port city in the north of Chile.
  • It’s located 700 miles north of the capital Santiago.
  • The local area produces over half of the world’s copper.
  • The city is known as the Pearl of the North.
  • It was once part of the neighbouring country of Bolivia.
  • Is twinned with Split in Croatia and Volos in Greece.


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