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Car Rental El Calafate  Guide

Driving Through El Calafate With Your Hire Car: Your In-depth Guide to Car Rentals and Exploring

Nestled along the shores of Lake Argentino, El Calafate is your gateway to the mesmerizing glaciers of Argentine Patagonia. With otherworldly landscapes and countless adventure trails, having a car at your disposal can dramatically elevate your El Calafate experience. 

Advantages of Renting a Car in El Calafate:

  1. Direct Connectivity: Directly drive to the scenic spots without waiting for tours or public transportation.
  2. Flexible Scheduling: Witness sunrise over the glaciers or linger longer at your favorite spots – all on your own schedule.
  3. Expansive Exploration: Beyond popular attractions, discover hidden treasures of the region that aren't on every tour map.

Key Details on Car Hire:

  1. Nearest Airport: Comandante Armando Tola International Airport is the closest to El Calafate, located just about 20 km east of the town. A straightforward 20-minute drive via Av. del Libertador will get you to the town center.
  2. Tolls: The primary roads around El Calafate are toll-free. However, always have some local currency on hand for unforeseen charges.
  3. Road Conditions: The main roads, like the one connecting El Calafate to the airport or to the Perito Moreno Glacier, are paved and well-maintained. However, many secondary routes, especially leading to remote areas, can be gravel roads.
  4. Traffic: Given El Calafate's remote nature, traffic is generally minimal. However, roads can get busier during the peak tourist season.

Driving to Must-Visit Attractions:

  1. Perito Moreno Glacier: Located about 80 km away, this iconic glacier is a straight drive via RP11. It takes around 1.5 hours, passing through picturesque landscapes.
  2. Walichu Caves: Just a short 8 km drive north of El Calafate, these caves boast ancient rock paintings.
  3. Estancia Cristina: While part of the journey involves a boat ride, having a car lets you reach the starting point at Punta Bandera, 47 km away, at your own pace.
  4. La Leona Petrified Forest: About 110 km north-east on RN40, this offers a glimpse of the region's ancient geological history.

Things to Keep in Mind When Driving:

  1. Weather Conditions: Given Patagonia's notorious weather swings, always check the forecast before longer drives.
  2. Gas Stations: While there are a few stations in El Calafate, they can be sparse outside the town. It's wise to fill up before venturing far.
  3. Driving at Night: It's generally recommended to avoid driving after dark, mainly due to the wildlife and the road conditions.
  4. Car Type: Considering the gravel roads and potential for adventure, opting for an SUV or a vehicle with higher clearance can be beneficial.


El Calafate, with its untouched beauty and glacier-crowned horizons, offers unparalleled experiences when explored at one's own rhythm. A rental car can be your key to unlocking this Patagonian paradise in all its splendor.

For real-time details, always check local conditions and consult local resources before embarking on your journey.

Current Rental Rates in El Calafate

Chevrolet Corsa Classic

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 144.44 EUR/day
Chevrolet Corsa Classic

7 Days rental at 1011.09 EUR from 22/01/2024

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  Manual |

Mystery Car Compact or Larger

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 145.80 EUR/day
Mystery Car Compact or Larger

7 Days rental at 1020.62 EUR from 22/01/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 106.76 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 747.32 EUR from 22/01/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Useful to know about El Calafate

  • El Calafate is built on the shores of the glacial Lake Argentina.
  • The city began as a series of shelters for travelling wool traders.
  • Perito Moreno National Park, Argentina’s oldest, is nearby.
  • The world gliding altitude record was set over El Calafate in 2006.
  • The city is the main resort for visiting the glaciers of Southern Argentina.


Popular car hire destinations in El Calafate

El Calafate car hire information

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