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Rent a Car Torres del Paine and Patagonia

from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate

The Advantages & Disadvantages to Renting a Car in Patagonia

Torres del Paine Renting a Car Advantages and Disadvantages

You may be thinking that driving an off-road 4×4 vehicle through the Patagonian outback is a thrilling experience. As a result, the idea of renting a car is appealing. However, before you decide, please consider the opinions below. Most importantly, we are not trying to put you off, or encourage you, just explaining realities.

Advantages of Renting a Car

The benefit of having you own rent a car is that you have total independence. Therefore, if you intend to drive around to see the sights and not trek much then a car may be a good option. Moreover, the cost of the car can be divided between your group.  

Disadvantages

It is important to realise that the distances between cities, and also between places of interest in Patagonia, are lengthy. For example, the trip El Calafate to Torres del Paine will take 6hrs to drive, including the border crossings paperwork. Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine will take 2hrs, entering from the east. Moreover, the trip from one side of Torres del Paine the other can take a  hour, plus the time back to Natales. Above all, it adds up to a lot of driving each day, when you are supposed to be on holiday! In addition, roads can be in a bad state with some sectors full of pot holes.

The Driver

Therefore, for the driver of a rent a car the daily driving will be tiring. Consequently, that person will be very tired at the end of each day. Also, the driver will miss out on seeing the great views – because he or she needs to focus on the road ahead!

Another unseen disadvantage is that you will be paying for it when it is in the car park. For example, when you are not using it. Moreover, you may require a private transfer to get you back to where the car has been left prior to your trek. Most importantly, it also costs money with fuel. In addition, there is a fee to pay to take the car across the border to Argentina.

In conclusion, you need to be very sure you want a rent a car before having one arranged. Moreover, many of our clients prefer the services of private transfers.

ExperienceChile.Org can arrange rent a car from Punta Arenas, El Calafate and Puerto Natales. To arrange a car rental, email us…

 

What We Offer

ExperienceChile.Org Rent a Car Service

We offer rent a car as part of any itinerary we are creating for you, but not as a stand-alone service. As a result, we will work with you to get the right vehicle for your needs.

If you feel a car is the way to go, remember that you will need one sufficiently large enough. In other words, not only for you and your passengers, but also for all your bags.

We can offer rent a car with pick up from Punta Arenas airport or city centre, or Puerto Natales city centre. Also, in Argentina from El Calafate airport or city centre. Moreover, if you need a car for the lakes, you will pick up from Puerto Montt. However, if you are to drive the Carretera Austral, we can arrange a car from Puerto Montt airport or city centre, and Coyhaique Balmaceda airport. Most importantly, we can also arrange for delivery of the car to your hotel. Therefore, if we have arranged your accommodation, for example, in Punta Arenas, we can have the car be brought to you. Alternatively, if we have arranegd your hotel in Puerto Natales, we can have the car deleivered to there. However, car delivery, pick-up and drop-off times must be according to the times permitable.

Torres del Paine Drop Off & Pick Up

There is NO option to collect or drop off a rent a car in Torres del Paine National Park. Therefore, the nearest option is Puerto Natales.

To take a car over the border requires a special permit. However, if you want to drop a car off at a different city location to the pick-up location there is a drop-off fee. Above all, we can arrange these requirements.

Our Rent a Car Partner

We work with one particular, reliable, rent-a-car provider for the Patagonia area. Consequently, here below are some of the car options we can offer. Above all, the approximate daily rate for most categories is around USD150 per day. However, please note that this rate is approx until we can get an up-to-date cost which will depend on full details of pick-up time, drop off time, location of pick up and drop off.

In the meantime please mention in your enquiry the type of car you want, time of pick-up, where and time and place of drop off.

Vehicle Options

Here below are some of the more popular models of vehicle that we can arrange for you. Therefore, please take a good look. However, should you not see what you want, just ask us what you need.

 

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Car Rental Request Form

Please fill the request form on the right and one of our agents will be in touch with you as soon as possible. If there are any special requirements be sure to point them out in the form.

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