If you want to take full advantage of your next South American adventure, rent a set of wheels. Only then can you truly get lost among the glaciers, and the beaches, and the rainforests, and the deserts, and the lakes, and the mountains and the... you see where we're going here, right? There's a lot of gorgeous scenery to get lost in if you have a car.
Before you go, though, you need a plan. First, know the basics of renting a car in a foreign country. (Tip number-one: don’t expect to drive an automatic, unless you want to pay a premium.) Second, budget for fuel prices, as they vary from country to country and can range from $1.48 (Ecuador) to $5.22 (Uruguay) per gallon. Third, know where the hell you're going.
And that's where we come in. We've mapped out five of the most scenic road trips on the entire South American continent. So, buckle up for an adventure that's only limited by the roadway ahead.