El Calafate is a small town in Argentinean Patagonia. It's a popular tourist destination. The town is a hub to visit the glaciers in the National Park Los Glaciares (with among others the Perito Moreno glacier, the Cerro Chaltén and the Cerro Torre).
The town has grown tremendously in the last few years and now has about ten thousand inhabitants.
El Calafate is located in the far south of Argentina, on the southern shore of Lake Argentino. The town lies at the foot of the Andes, not far from the border with Chili.
El Calafate's economy is almost exclusively based on tourism to the glaciers in the Andes.
El Calafate International Airport (also: Comandante Armando Tola International Airport) is situated about twenty kilometers east of town. There are daily flights to for example Buenos Aires, Trelew en Bariloche. The airport is easily reachable by rental car via road number 11. The exit to the airport is clearly signposted.
There is no public transportation in El Calafate. There is however a bus connection with the other tourist attraction at the foot of the Andes: Bariloche.
Traffic and Parking
A rental car is an ideal means of transportation to discover El Calafate and surroundings. It's not difficult to find your way around, but you have to drive carefully on the narrow and winding mountain roads.
El Calafate lives on tourism and the town therefore doesn't lack accommodations. We do strongly recommend booking your hotel room well in advance, because El Calafate is a popular tourist destination all year round.
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Frequently asked questions
Is EasyTerra Car Hire the cheapest?
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
What do I need to do when picking up a car?
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
Are there any additional costs?
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
What is a worry-free label?
This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.
How can I change or cancel my reservation?
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
When will I get a confirmation of my booking?
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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