Google is very useful sometimes. Our flight got in to Santiago at 8.20pm, not ideal for picking up a rental car and heading off to a hotel (not to mention fitting in dinner). But I’d previously found out that the Holiday Inn could not be closer – perhaps 30 metres away when we came out of the customs hall! It made the day much more relaxed knowing we could walk to our hotel in seconds and not worry about the rules of the road in Chile. In fact we’ll be back here in 3 nights time, as we have an early morning flight, saves a day on the car hire being close enough not to need a car.
But first we have 3 days (2 nights) to explore the area. It’s wine growing country, and Chile’s second and third cities (Valparaiso and Vina del Mar) are on the coast only an hour or so away. Having done a bit more reading recently, it sounds as though a car is a liability in Valpo, so we’ve just booked 2 nights at the Ibis (OK, hardly a romantic boutique hotel, but gets good reviews on Tripadvisor, top for good value, great location, and (very importantly I gather) it has a car park).