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How hard is it to get a cab in pde? Are the cabs pricy?

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The cabs don't prowl the streets. They stay at a few stops right around the peninsula (such as the big hotel,Conrad). If you want one to pick you up in La Barra or Jose Ignacio, you have to call it. After about this time in January, the number of cabs drops dramatically. They are very, very expensive.

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Curious, why does the number of cabs drop off at this time of year? What's it like there in the first week of March? Thanks for your very informative posts to the forums.

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The "season" in PdE is very short. It starts around mid-December. It peaks between Christmas and January 10, then drops off abruptly to a lower plateau for the rest of January, then drops again in February, and by March it's pretty much over. The weather will still be good in March, and many -- but not all -- restaurants will be open at least part of the month. The cabs just don't get a lot of business after January 10 so many leave the streets. (The cabs don't appear to be locals. They are mostly new Mercedes or big new Toyotas, all cream-colored, and the drivers all look and dress much the same; I have no idea where they go for the rest of the year.) Almost everyone who comes to PdE with any intention of seeing the area rents a car; it's much cheaper and more convenient than cabs.

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PuntaLugano - your advice is always so helpful. We are supposed to rent a car in Punta but are slowly chickening out because we are New York City girls who rarely drive and do not speak Spanish. Afraid to get lost in a foreign country - the thought of it is stressing us out. Can you calm my nerves? :)

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Absolutely. It is impossible to get lost. There is only one main road along the coast that takes you literally everywhere, and you will seldom need to get off that road. Everywhere in the area except Punta itself the development goes only 3-4 blocks inland and you are almost always within sight of the water so you can always orient yourself. In the Punta area you will mostly stay on or near the peninsula, where it is only 2 to 4 blocks from one body of water to the other, i.e., very small. The only difficulty would come if you wanted to take off inland to explore the countryside, which is beautiful and has some spectacular "ranches" (called "chacras" here). If you stick to main roads inland you'll be fine; if you start getting off onto dirt side roads you can easily get lost. But around the beach areas, again, it's impossible to get lost.

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You are the best! I feel confident already!

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Enjoy the trip!

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Absolutely rent a car. We had zero problems finding our way around. There are a few main streets that get you where ever you may want to go. All the minor streets connect to these main ones. It's alot like driving on an island. Sooner or later you'll end up on a main road or fall into the ocean.

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