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        About El Calafate

        Nestled in the pristine landscapes of Argentine Patagonia, El Calafate is a captivating haven for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the untamed beauty of South America's southern wilderness. With its rugged landscape, glistening glaciers, and expansive blue lakes, this picturesque yet vibrant city offers an unforgettable journey through the heart of Patagonia, where every moment is a testament to the region's rugged splendor and enchanting allure.

        The comfort of a rental car from Orbit Car Hire opens the door to El Calafate's breathtaking surroundings, allowing adventurers to traverse the city and surrounding areas with unparalleled ease and flexibility. With each turn of the steering wheel, you can venture into the rugged expanses of Los Glaciares National Park, home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, a colossal ice formation that embodies the awe-inspiring natural wonders that make up the El Calafate landscape.

        In addition, the city's rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality offer travelers a glimpse into the vibrant life of Argentina. Indulge in local cuisine, sample traditional Patagonian delicacies, and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the markets, where you'll find authentic handicrafts and souvenirs that embody the spirit of El Calafate's rich cultural identity.

        For intrepid explorers, El Calafate's proximity to the fascinating landscapes of the Patagonian Steppe offers the opportunity to embark on an exciting journey through the rugged terrain and discover hidden valleys, sweeping grasslands, and snow-capped peaks that make up the region's untouched natural beauty.

        El Calafate invites adventurers to discover the spirit of exploration and enjoy the untouched beauty of Argentine Patagonia. With Orbit Car Hire as your trusted companion, the roads leading to this South American gem become a path to an unforgettable journey, where every moment embodies the essence of El Calafate's enduring spirit and the rugged splendor of the Patagonian wilderness.

        Basic info and car hire in El Calafate

        • Location: Argentina
        • Population: 25,172
        • Official language: Spanish
        • Currency:  Argentine peso
        • Weather:  Argentina has an exceptional amount of climate diversity, ranging from subtropical in the north to polar in the far south
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in El Calafate are in good condition.
        • Car hire in El Calafate:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in El Calafate is at the El Calafate Airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in El Calafate!

         Driving in El Calafate

        Experience the charming city of El Calafate, located in the heart of Argentina's Patagonian wilderness, with the freedom and comfort of a rental car from Orbit Car Hire. The city's winding roads and breathtaking landscapes become an exciting and seamless experience, allowing travelers to discover the region's unparalleled natural beauty at their own pace.

        With the comfort of a rental car, adventurers can embark on a scenic drive through the vast Patagonian steppe, with its expansive grasslands, rugged terrain, and captivating vistas that make up the rugged splendor of the El Calafate area. Whether you explore the famous Perito Moreno Glacier or venture into the depths of Los Glaciares National Park, the autonomy offered by a rental car will allow you to discover Patagonia's treasures and create unforgettable memories amidst the untouched wilderness.

        El Calafate invites travelers to embrace the spirit of discovery and immerse themselves in the untamed beauty of Argentine Patagonia. With Orbit Car Hire as your reliable companion, the roads leading to the natural wonders of El Calafate become a path to an unforgettable journey, where every drive embodies the essence of Patagonian adventure and the breathtaking fascination of one of South America's most fascinating destinations.

        • Age limits: The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and some suppliers are over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.
        • International Driving Permit:  An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
        • Additional papers:  A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. 
        • Additional requirements: First aid kit, fire extinguisher, two warning triangles, lug wrench, and a tire jack (required)
        • Children in the car:  Children under 12 must be suitably restrained in vehicles (with car seats or booster cushions if need be), and only those aged 12 and up and can ride in the front seat.
        • Driving side of the road: Drivers drive on the right side of the road
        • Lights:  You must keep your lights on when driving at all times. If they are off, even during the daytime, it is illegal.
        • General speed limits: Speed limits vary. In urban areas, it is generally 40 to 60 kph (25 to 37 mph). In rural areas, it is 110 kph (68 mph), and on highways, it is 120 to 130 kph (74.5 to 81 mph).

        Car Hire in El Calafate

        Most popular car hire at El Calafate

        The most selected hire car in El Calafate is the Fiat 500, Renault Clio, or Opel Corsa. Renault Captur is also a popular option. The most popular car types in El Calafate are mini and economy. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from El Calafate

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of El Calafate. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Argentina.

        • El Calafate -Rosario (2842km with approximately 32 hours of drive)
        • El Calafate -Cordoba (2832km with approximately 32 hours of drive)
        • El Calafate -San Luis (2726km with approximately 31 hours of drive)
        • El Calafate -Salta (3711m with approximately 43 hours of drive)

        Popular day trips from El Calafate

        Located in the heart of Argentina's picturesque Patagonia region, El Calafate is an ideal base for exploring the breathtaking wonders that lie beyond the city limits. With a rental car from Orbit Car Hire, adventurers can seamlessly embark on enriching day trips, each offering a unique insight into the region's unparalleled natural beauty and cultural richness.

        A must-see day trip from El Calafate is the fascinating Perito Moreno Glacier, where visitors can marvel at the stunning ice formations and participate in exciting activities such as ice trekking and glacier tours. With a rental car, you can explore the surrounding trails and viewpoints of the glacier for an unforgettable immersion into the rugged splendor of Patagonia's icy landscapes.

        In addition, the charming town of El Chaltén, known as the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, is an idyllic day trip from El Calafate. A scenic drive through the Patagonian steppe leads to this picturesque town, where visitors can take breathtaking hikes among the towering peaks of the Andes and enjoy the region's unparalleled natural beauty and tranquility.

        In addition, the fascinating Torres del Paine National Park, located just across the border in Chile, offers a captivating day trip opportunity for nature lovers and adventure seekers. With a rental car from Orbit Car Hire, you can embark on a scenic journey to this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and explore the majestic mountains, azure lakes, and diverse wildlife against the backdrop of the rugged Patagonian wilderness.

        El Calafate is the gateway to a world of natural splendor and adventure, where every trip is a way to discover the rugged beauty of Argentine Patagonia. With Orbit Car Hire as your trusted guide, the roads leading to these fascinating destinations become an invitation to an unforgettable exploration of one of South America's most breathtaking regions.

        What to see in El Calafate

        Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Argentine Patagonia, El Calafate is a captivating center for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the untamed beauty of South America's southern wilderness. This enchanting city is known for its breathtaking natural wonders and spirit of adventure. It invites visitors to immerse themselves in the enchanting variety of outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and stunning landscapes that embody the rugged splendor of Patagonia.

        Discover the legendary Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the region's most famous attractions, which offers a mesmerizing display of ice formations and a unique opportunity for glacier trekking and exploration. Experience the breathtaking beauty of this natural wonder as it calves into the turquoise waters of Lago Argentino, offering a stunning display of nature's power and beauty.

        Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region by exploring the charming local stores and markets where you will find authentic crafts, souvenirs, and products from the region that represent the essence of Patagonian craftsmanship and tradition. Indulge in renowned local cuisine and enjoy the flavors of traditional Argentine dishes and regional specialties that embody the spirit of El Calafate's vibrant culinary scene.

        For the adventurous, El Calafate offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and boating on the region's pristine lakes. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of the Patagonian steppe and be enchanted by the tranquility and beauty of the region's unspoiled nature.

        El Calafate invites travelers to embrace the spirit of exploration and immerse themselves in the rugged beauty of Argentine Patagonia. With Orbit Car Hire as your trusted guide, the city becomes the gateway to an unforgettable journey, where every experience embodies the essence of Patagonian adventure and the breathtaking allure of one of South America's most fascinating destinations.

        Drive your rental car beyond El Calafate

        Argentina, a country with diverse landscapes and a rich cultural heritage, offers an unforgettable journey to travelers who wish to explore its vastness. With its enchanting mix of vibrant cities, picturesque landscapes, and breathtaking natural wonders, the best way to experience the beauty of Argentina is by road. Embark on a road trip adventure with Orbit Car Hire, where every turn leads to a new discovery and every mile brings you closer to the heart of this fascinating South American nation.

        As you hit the road with the freedom of a self-guided itinerary, the stunning diversity of Argentina's landscapes becomes ever more apparent. From the enchanting vineyards of Mendoza to the impressive peaks of the Andes, from the fascinating wilderness of Patagonia to the exotic wildlife of the Iberá wetlands, Argentina is a tapestry of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Orbit Car Hire's reliable and efficient services will ensure that your journey is seamless, allowing you to fully engage with the wonders that await you along your chosen route.

        A drive through the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, the beating heart of Argentina, is an experience in itself. The eclectic mix of European architecture, tango rhythms, and gastronomic delights creates an intoxicating blend of culture that sets the tone for your road trip. With your vehicle from Orbit Car Hire, you can seamlessly transition from the urban charm of the city to the boundless expanse of the Argentine countryside, where every turn offers a new sight.

        Traverse the legendary Ruta 40, a route that stretches over 5,000 kilometers and offers an unfiltered view of Argentina's rugged and untamed beauty. Along this legendary highway, you'll experience the dramatic alternation between the lush greenery of the Lake District and the rugged terrain of the Andean Plateau, giving you an unparalleled glimpse into the country's diverse ecosystems and geological wonders. With the flexibility of a vehicle from Orbit Car Hire, you can stop at will to enjoy the breathtaking panoramas or venture off the beaten path to discover hidden treasures known only to the locals.

        For nature lovers, a trip through Argentina's lesser-known landscapes is a must. The vast grasslands of the pampas, with their unique wildlife and gaucho traditions, offer an authentic glimpse of the country's rural charm. The mystical allure of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beckons with a multitude of rock formations, each bearing witness to the passage of time and the region's rich cultural heritage.

        When your road trip with Orbit Car Hire comes to an end, you will be forever captivated by the wonders of Argentina, a country that embodies both the rugged beauty of nature and the vibrant cultural heritage. Whether it's the breathtaking vistas of the Andes, the rhythmic pulse of Buenos Aires, or the untamed wilderness of Patagonia, the memories of your trip will linger long after you return your reliable vehicle from Orbit Car Hire.

        Be enchanted by Argentina's landscapes and diverse culture when you embark on a road trip adventure with Orbit Car Hire. Discover the magic of this South American gem mile by mile and let the open road lead you to an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting more.

        El Calafate

        Visit El Calafate

        Where to eat, drink, and party in El Calafate

        El Calafate's culinary landscape offers a tantalizing blend of Patagonian flavors and international influences, enticing visitors to indulge in the region's rich gastronomic delights. Savor the region's succulent lamb dishes, taste the flavors of fresh seafood, and tantalize your taste buds with the famous Calafate berry desserts as you immerse yourself in the warm hospitality and vibrant culinary scene that is the essence of this charming Patagonian city.

        Best restaurant in El Calafate

        1. Don Pichón
        2. Casimiro Biguá
        3. La Tablita
        4. La Zaina
        5. Isabel Cocina al Disco
        6. Pura Vida
        7. Mi Rancho
        8. La Posta
        9. La Marca
        10. La Estancia 25


        What you need to know about renting a car

        How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change the booking you made through Orbit Car Hire. Don't hesitate to contact our customer support team at or by phone at +44 20 8089 0089. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:

        • Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
        • One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
        • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
        • Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

        We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

        What is a voucher, and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.

        How do I find cheap car hire online?

        Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. 

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add a driver to my booking?

        You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted?

        You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

        How can I add a flight number to my booking?

        You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking. 

        Do I have to pay for toll roads?

        If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle. 

        What does deductible mean?

        If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.

        What is a Collision Damage Waiver?

        Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.

        What is Theft Protection?

        Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.

        Which brands can I compare with Orbit?

        With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world. 

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