Travel guide to Atacama desert

The Atacama Desert is the driest in the world, it is also the eyes of the planet with 40% of the main telescopes. Check out this guide to visit the desert that with its extreme geological formations will make you feel teleported to Mars.

How to get to Atacama desert?

The Atacama Desert is located in northern Chile and covers several regions of this country. The best way to access the desert and its main points is to be based in the town of San Pedro de Atacama. This town located in the region of Antofagasta.

If you go from Santiago, the capital of Chile, you can arrive by three routes:

Getting by plane to Calama it last approximately 2 hours. In Calama you have to take a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, it last 1 hour.

Getting by direct bus from Santiago it last approximately 1 day.

Getting by car from Santiago it last a couple of days taking few stops. You can rent a vehicle with us, know our office and our fleet in Santiago. You must rent a 4 x 4 car to visit Atacama

When to visit Atacama desert?

Access to the desert and its services is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit it is December because the best temperatures, but this means more visitors around. From July to September is the low season due to winter and low temperatures in the desert, but you can also visit it.

Where to stay?

As we’ve told you, most visitors take the small town of San Pedro de Atacama as base to visit the main spots around. In this small town you can find from 5 star hotels to simple hostels.

How to visit the Atacama desert?

With its salt flats, hot springs, geysers and beautiful landscapes, the Desert is one of the most striking destinations on the planet that offers you endless activities.

Many of the spots are natural reserves or national parks, others are privately owned but with paid access. You can rent a vehicle and visit all the desert destinations with freedom and flexibility. Remember we have an office in Santiago.

What spots visit?

After the immensity of rusty sandstone that will receive you on the first day, there is an entire extreme planet of active volcanoes, high plateau lakes, caves and deserts of limpid salt, monumental sand dunes and a myriad of geological shapes and surfaces that more closely resemble the scenography of a science fiction movie on Mars.

  • Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).
  • Piedras Rojas.
  • Go Stargazing.
  • Float In Laguna Baltinache.
  • El Tatio Geysers.
  • Visit Salar de Tara.
  • Chacabuco Nitrate Village.
  • Find The Flamingos At Laguna Chaxa.
  • Salar of Atacama.
  • Laguna Cejar.
  • Laguna Tebinquinche.
  • Terms of Puritama.

Ready to visit an unique destination with amazing scenarios? Remember you can count on us in Chile.

(Infographic) 5 road trips you should take at least once

Have you ever dreamed of leaving everything and take a trip around the world? Well, maybe you won’t leave everything but at least you can taste a little of adventure taking a road trip for several days or weeks. We’ve prepared a list of 5 road trips, some you can make them in 2 days, other in a week or less. Remember: you can count on our cars to start your carventure!

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5 new year’s eve international destinations

Are you looking for an international destination to spend new year’s eve? From big cities to smalls countries, this is our top destinations to celebrate this important holiday:

1. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is tropical Paradise acclaimed by many tourists’ thanks to its great natural biodiversity and its traditional “Pura vida”, expression that perfectly describe their people, their culture and their landscapes.

Get to know 10 interesting facts about Costa Rica that you didn’t know.

Need to rent a car for your trip Costa Rica? Book here

2. Las Vegas

If you imagine that new year’s eve in Las Vegas may just be the best New Year’s Eve party of your life, you’re right! But apart from parting you can do a lot of extra activities such as watch live shows or taking a tour to The Grand Canyon.

Check out the top 10 things to do in Las Vegas.

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3. Sofia

 

Looking for a french city in Europe for new year’s eve? Probably there’s few cities in the world with as much variety and history as Sofia, in the beautiful country of Bulgaria, on eastern Europe. Sofia is also known for its affordable prices and great parties.

Look at the 10 places that you cannot miss out in Sofia

We have a rental car office in this historic city, book now.

4. Switzerland

The biggest cities in Switerzland suchs as Zurich and Geneva will be plenty of spectacular fireworks, music and dancing.

Here some great tips to travel to Switzerland on a budget.

Meet our fleet in Switzerland, you can also book here.

5. Guadalajara

Its pleasant weather and great beauty earned to Guadalajara the title of “Perla Tapatía”. Your vacations in the second largest city in Mexico will be full of walks through museums, theaters and areas with colonial architecture, the best culinary scenes in the country, and an incredible nightlife for celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Check out the best things to do in Guadalajara.

Need a car for your trip to Guadalajara? You can count on us in our office located in the Guadalajara International Airport. Book here.

What other abroad destinations do you recommend to spend New Year’s Eve vacations? Let us know in the comments!

8 tips to travel more

Haven’t you traveled before? Do you think you’re not traveling enough? Never it’ s too late to get started to experience the passion of traveling! Take a look at these tips to encourage yourself to change your lifestyle and travel more.

1. Save money for traveling 

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Made up a plan with realistic goals to save money for your travels or vacations. You could set weekly or monthly goals in order to collect savings. Take a look at this plan to save money for traveling more

2. Look for ecotourism destinations

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Ecotourism tours, accommodations and restaurants are generally cheaper; besides you can support local families and small businesses or entrepreneurs. Check out these ecotourism options to to see some extreme and beautiful natural wonders.

3. Try to travel with your partner, family or friends

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Traveling alone is such a good experience, but traveling with company could make you save money and get good tips from your travel companions if they have previous experience. 

4. Make the most of the weekends and holidays

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If you study or work on a full time shift, spending the entire weekend in your bed watching Netflix sounds tempting. But make the effort to plan a trip and get up early on Saturday or Sunday may be worth it. What about a road trip? We’ve prepared this list of the 6 things that you must have on your next roadtrip.

5. Travel in low season

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Naturally, low seasons mean low demand in terms of plane tickets, train tickets, and accommodations. You could get great rates and deals.

6. Visit cheap destinations

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Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe have a lot of options for the savers. You will fill your desire for adventure overseas without emptying your wallet! Take a look at these low budget destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

7. Subscribe to travel blogs

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Travel blogs are a fantastic source of inspiration. They’re a great way to figure out where you want to travel and how you can save money as well.

8. Priorize travel over anything else 

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If you really want to travel, then you will probably have to make some sacrifices in other parts of your life. You might have to say no to eating our or go shopping, or you should have to wake up early on weekends. But will be worth!

What other tips do you recommend to travel more? Tell us in the comment section!

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5 reasons why you should visit Milan

Milan is best known as the Italian fashion capital thanks to its iconic fashion houses, and the fashion festivals. But, it has so much more to offer: art, historic places and great food.

1. It’s full of art, everywhere 

You have the chance to discover the artistic side of Milan. The principal spot is the Duomo cathedral. The church, dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, is representative of the Italian Gothic style. Or visit the various galleries dedicated to contemporary art and culture.

2. The Milan nightlife is amazing 

Yes, Milan nightlife is one of the most fashionable and trendy in the world. Milan nightlife has excellent music and theater performances all year round, art and cultural events held until late.

3. It’s less touristy than other famous Italian cities 

Of course, there are still crowded tourist hotspots, but most of the city still feels truly Italian. Milan is less touristy than Rome, Florence or Venice. 

4. The Food is unbelievable 

Signature Milanese dishes include saffron risotto (Risotto alla Milanese), breaded veal cutlet (Cotoletta alla Milanese) and the traditional Christmas loaf, panettone.

5. It’s Modern and efficient 

Milan is well served by and efficient Metro subway or underground rail system, buses and above ground trams. 

Bonus: It’s a great base for exploring the rest of northern Italy

You will be just a few hours away from Como, Turin, Parma and Lake Garda. Remember you can rent a car with us to drive around Italy. Get to know our office in Milan

The ultimate guide to visit Lisbon

Lisbon has a lot to offer your: from galleries and museums, great gastronomy and night life to charming neighbourhoods. The capital of Portugal is also extremely budget-friendly, making it easy to explore in depth. 

When visiting Lisbon

Portugal’s capital has 290 days of sunshine a year. However, the best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm and there are fewer crowds than in summer.

Language

The language spoken in Lisbon is Portuguese but English is widely spoken by all the people who work within the tourist industry. 

Transportation

The city has the Humberto Delgado Airport, which is located within the city. Lisbon also has a metro with 4 lines. 

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What to visit in Lisbon

We present our selection of places that you can’t miss out:

1. Lisbon’s historic neighbourhoods

Some of the coolest neighbourhoods to visit when in Lisbon are: Alfama, Baixa and Rossio and Bairro Alto.

2. Praça do Comércio

The Praça do Comércio opens out on the Tejo Estuary, and is surrounded on three sides by yellow Pombaline architecture, with the decorative Arco da Rua Augusta as the focal point of the plaza.

3. The Cathedral of Lisbon

The Cathedral was built in the second half of the 12th century, holding the title of the oldest church in the Portuguese Capital. 

4. National Pantheon 

This is one of the most emblematic buildings in Lisbon and the last residence for many important historical figures of Portugal. 

5. Torre de Belém 

The Belém Tower was built in the 16th century as a fort to protect the coast from foreign attacks, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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How to spend one day in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city. Here you have our recommendations if you have just one day to visit Auckland before grab a car and head out to the incredible natural spots that are around the city. 

1. Visit the Sky Tower 

This tower is more than 300 metres high. Offering you stunning views, along with great restaurants, a gift shop and an opportunity to push your limits by walking the outside of the viewing platforms, or by jumping off from 192 metres above Auckland’s CBD!

2. Visit Auckland Museum

Discover the history and culture of New Zealand through this memorial to those who sacrificed their lives in wartime. Inside, both contemporary and traditional exhibitions delve deep into the nation’s culture and heritage.

3. Head to the Art Galleries

New Zealand’s best collection of art includes a wide range of traditional Maori artwork as well as more contemporary styles. There are a variety of art galleries located along Parnell Road, they’re either free or a gold coin donation to get in.

4. Walk around Mission Bay 

You wouldn’t realise that you’re that short from the centre of New Zealand’s biggest city. Mission Bay is a beautiful waterfront suburb with stunning views.

5. Check out the View from Mount Eden

This is a great spot to end your one day tour in Auckland, specially at sunset on clear days. Mount Eden is a relatively easy volcano to get to and climb in Auckland. Climb to the top and enjoy amazing views of the whole of Auckland. 

What others spots do you recommend to visit in one day tour in Auckland? Comment below in the comments sections. 

 

 

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5 of the best road trips to take this summer

Summer is here! What are you waiting to pack up and embark on a road trip? Take a look at this recommendations and hit the road:

1. Amalfi Coast – Italy

Drive around beautiful towns and villages, all with a unique culture filled with historic churches and quaint old houses.

Approximate length: 70 Km

Count on us when traveling around the south of Italy! Get to know our office in Naples

2. Great Ocean Road – Australia

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most beautiful road trips in Australia and around the world. You’ll drive around wildlife and surfers land.

Check out our tips for driving the Great Ocean Road

Approximate length: 243 Km

3. Ring Road – Iceland

You’ll get the chance to drive through surreal landscapes full of geysers, lava fields, glaciers and dreamy waterfalls. 

Approximate length: 1.200 Km

Check out our tips for taking a road trip in Iceland.

4. Pacific Coast Highway – California

The Pacific Coast Highway is well known as one of the most scenic drives in the world. You’ll see stunning coastal views, seaside villages, and untouched forest.

Approximate length: 1.000 Km 

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5. Hana Highway – Hawaii

Discover landascapes of extreme nature suchs as tropical forests, waterfalls and volcanoes. 

Approximate length: 105 Km

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What other road trips do you recommend for summer? Tell us in the comments section below!

5 Great National Parks in Canada

Are you a nature lover? In Canada there are some amazing National Parks that can not be missed! Each of our picks possesses an history as colorful and diverse as the environment itself.

1. Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Just two hours from the bustling city of Calgary, Yoho National Park is an amazing getaway spot for nature lovers. Emerald Lake looks unreal thanks to its bright, vibrant colors, and Lake O’Hara is just as picturesque.

2. Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

With its jagged mountains, lakes and deep canyons, Nahanni National Park Reserve is a paradise for climbers and backcountry hikers up for a challenge.

Count on us in Manitoba! We’re located right in Thompson International Airport.

3. Jasper National Park, Alberta

In the heart of the Alberta Rocky Mountains is Jasper National Park, an incredible and large park that offers everything from hiking mountains to stunning glaciers.

Need to rent a car for your trip in Alberta? Get to know our office at Calgary International Airport.

4. Regional Park of Seven Falls, Quebec

This is a classical spot for nature lovers who are visiting the Quebec province. Parc régional des Sept-Chutes offers you hiking routes with different difficulty levels. This is a great destination if you’re passionate about landscapes and nature photography.

Need to rent a car to drive around Quebec? We have offices in Montreal!

5. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

This Park is one of Canada’s most enchanting places, where the mountains meet the sea. The park’s special blend of ocean, mountain and forest ecosystems, and a rich and lively cultural history, make it one Canadian park not to be missed.

Which Canadian national parks are on your must-visit list? Comment below.

Road trip tips for beginners

Road trips are more convenient than air travel, offer just as much (or even more) adventure and gives you the opportunity to make memories that will last you a lifetime. However, road trips take a little planning. Here are a few tips that will help make your first road trip a success.

1. Decide on an easy destination

Choose a destination that is not too far away for your first road trip. For example, choose a city couple of hours away. You will enjoy a nice drive to your destination, spend some time in a new place, and drive back home all in one day.

2. Choose and plan your route

You can use a map or the internet to plan a route. You may take the scenic route or back roads rather than highways, it’s up to you.

3. Grab technology tools

Technology can be a agreat partner when you’re planning a road trip or even when you’re already on the road. Check out this 5 great free road trip apps.

4. Check your car

Few days before your road trip, have your mechanic check your car’s fluid levels, brakes, tires and anything else that could cause problems.

6. Consider renting a car

Your car may not be not made for long trips. With any road trip you take, consider what car is best for your needs and services the best aspects of the drive. Need to rent a car? Rent it with us!

7. Bring some entertainment

Whether you’re tapping into your own collection of music, streaming tunes via Spotify, or listening to your favorite podcasts, make sure your phone is set to keep you entertained over the driving.

8. Stay safe

Go down those small roads, get out of your comfort zone and explore, but be alert all the time. If you have the room, keep a gallon of water and another one for gas.

A successful road trip will stay with you for life. What other tips would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.