We will arrive in El Calafate around 5:30pm on 12/29 and fly out at noon on 1/3 for a total of five nights and four days.
One option is to spend one night in Calafate, visiting the Glacier and Laguna Nimez Reserve. Will we be able to see Moreno Glacier the night we arrive or do we need to wait until the following morning? Would we be able to get a cab to drive us to the glacier and the reserve?
Or should we rent a car and do it ourselves.
Is it best to rent a car online before we go, or wait and do it when we get there at the airport or at the hotel? Which option would cost the least? What should we expect to spend for a rental car for four days? Will we need a four wheel drive?
How much is the full day excursion from Puerto Natales to TDP? Can you recommend a good company that sells the tour. I know it's a long day, and wonder if it's better done by renting a car?
The other option is to spend two nights in Calafate and on the 31st drive to Puerto Natales. On the 1st do the full day excursion to TDP or use a rental car to drive to the park.
We want to be back in Calafate on the night of the 2nd so we can fly out the next day.
Will we be able to book an all day excursion or any excursion on the 1st or on the 31st, if we leave a day earlier? Will everything close for New Years Eve and New Year's Day?
I have most of the planning for our trip done, but this part is frustrating me. Any help would be appreciated.