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Driving in the Andes Mountains, leading to San Pedro de Atacama

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Chile

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Independent self-drive vacations in South America are not always the easiest thing in the world, even for experienced independent travelers, because of undeveloped roads, a lack of 'road etiquette' and sparse road signs.

Chile, however, is an exception and offers fantastic opportunities to explore under your own steam. The romantic notion of driving from top to bottom of the country is an impossibility though, as the Southern Patagonia Ice Field bisects the country, and the roads cannot cross it.

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