Chile and Argentina, where private cars are more abundant than in the Andean republics of Peru and Bolivia, are probably the continent’s best countries for hitchhiking. Buses are so few in some rural areas that thumbing may be the only alternative. Unlike in Peru and Bolivia, drivers normally do not expect to be paid.
Hitching has the advantage of flexibility, but it can also be unpredictable; carry food, water, and appropriate clothing for the climate and season. Many young Chileans hit the Panamericana north and south in summer, so there’s plenty of competition—but it can also be unsafe. Single women, in particular, should pay attention to security.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition