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Patagonia in November 2014 Need help with rental SUV or guide

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Advance planning, my booted foot. Already I have found that all the SUVs in Calafate are booked out- so here's what I would so appreciate from the experienced travelers on this forum. I am planning on going to Estancia El Condor, which is a ways up the gravel roads in the Andes from El Chalten. They say, drive an SUV, no kidding around. Fine. Since I have to fly into Calafate, I immediately started researching to get an SUV. Eleven months in advance, no deal.

Dear folks, what are the options here? When I spoke to the renters, renters.com informed me that even their SUVs are not allowed to drive on gravel roads (ok really? an SUV?) by their insurance. That's ridiculous considering Patagonia's roads. What are some other options? Does anyone know how to find someone I can hire for those days to drive me, I take care of their housing and board while I do the Condor thing for four days and then they drive me back to Calafate? I am very open to alternatives. I knew that we had to plan in advance but this caught me off guard. Do the SUVs open up due to cancellations? I spent two to three hours checking every source I could. So those of you have done this before, if you know alternatives, insider tips, what I could do after getting there, I'd so value a tip. I did book a Hertz mid size car but it doesn't have 4WD. I figured to have something that I could bargain with if someone tanked on a reservation.

My dates are November 26-Dec 1st, and I'm open to shifting them around a bit.

Happy Holidays to all, Feliz Navidad, may all have a grand time wherever in the world you are.

Many thanks!
Julia

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