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Banks -- Most major banks can be found on Avenida Arlegui, and although they're open Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm only, nearly all have ATMs (Redbancs).

Car Rentals -- Try Alamo, Agua Santa 402 (tel. 32/262-5297; www.alamochile.com); Avis, Arlegui 201 (tel. 32/268-7037; www.avischile.cl); Budget, 7 Norte 1023 (tel. 32/268-3420; www.budget.cl); Rosselot, Av. Libertad 892 (tel. 32/238-2373; www.rosselot.cl), and Av. Alvarez 762 (tel. 32/238-2888); Hertz, Av. Quillota 766 (tel. 32/238-1025; www.hertz.com); or Verschae Rent-A-Car, Av. Libertad 1045 (tel. 32/226-7300; www.verschae.cl). Daily rental prices average $50 (£33) per day for a compact car, and $75 (£50) for a midrange vehicle.

Currency Exchange -- Cambios (money-exchange houses) are open in the summer Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm and 3 to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 2pm; and in winter Monday through Saturday 9am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm, and Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Several cambios can be found along Avenida Arlegui.

Emergencies -- For police, dial tel. 133; for fire, dial tel. 132; and for an ambulance, dial tel. 131.

Hospital -- For medical attention, go to Hospital Gustavo Fricke on calles Alvarez and Simón Bolívar (tel. 32/267-5067, or 32/652328 for emergencies).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.