A roundtrip to Península Valdés is a little over 300km. A group sharing expenses can make car rental a relatively reasonable and more flexible alternative to taking a bus tour, if you don’t have to pay for extra kilometers – ensure that the terms of rental are clear.

Rates vary, depending on the mileage allowance and age and condition of the vehicle. The best bet for competitive rates and friendly and comprehensive service is Hi Patagonia Rent-a-Car. The family-owned agency Centauro also gets high marks. Basic vehicles run AR$1600 per day, with insurance and 200km included.