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Getting around

A number of travel agencies rent cars and prices can be competitive, especially in the low season; though prices tend to climb on weekends. Pucón Rent a Car (443-052; www.pucon rentacar.cl in Spanish; Av Colo Colo 340; per weekday US$32-60) is recommended, as is international standby Hertz (441-664; www.hertz.com; cnr Gerónimo de Alderete & Fresia). If renting long term, ask about discounts and drop-off charges.

Although you can get around town on foot, there are several colectivos that run up and down Av O'Higgins and taxis that will negotiate prices to outlying areas, such as the hot springs. Radio Taxi Araucaria (442-323; cnr Palguín & Uruguay) can prearrange trips, but if you speak some Spanish you should be able to negotiate right on the street.