Nomads365 Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
February 25th, 2020 Las Coloradas

Certainly not one of our favorites stopping spots. We went to the lagoon side, but only after clearing numerous low hanging branches. Not suitable for anything higher than a van. We needed four wheel drive to get out of the brush onto the beach. No cell service here.

February 2nd, 2020 Jenni

Nice laundry within easy walking distance from the El Rancho RV Park. 20 pesos per kilo. Ours was done the next day after a morning drop-off.

January 15th, 2020 Hotel Ameyali

Found this after attempting to get into the only other site shown for this town. This hotel on the lake will let you stay in their gated parking area overnight if they have room. 150 pesos per person got us parking, restrooms, cold shower and use of multiple pools (separate kids and adults only). They have a restaurant that is only open on the weekends. The desk clerks spoke a little bit of English making things easier. Hotel room would have been 750p. There are only 1 or 2 spots that are level so not good for large rigs, but a van or similar size would work best. The restrooms were spotless, had TP, soap and towels. Wi-Fi was included and had decent speed.

January 14th, 2020 Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park

We didn't stay here but we did park (now 50p) and do the cave tour, which is not to be missed!

January 14th, 2020 Trailer park La Quinta Rueda

Sorry, this place is not worth the stop. Nobody around, no phone number to contact anybody, the pool was dry and terrible roads into the place. It's also not close to anything. We skipped it, drove around the lake searching for another place. Ended up in a hotel gated lot elsewhere. See our review for the other place here in town.

January 13th, 2020 Santuario De Piedra Herrada Monarch Reserve

As also described in the Tourist Attraction pin for this location, you can park here overnight. Some said they were not charged, though they charged us 300p to park inside the gate overnight. Very quiet after the vendors leave for the night. They arrive about 8am 8n the morning. Don't park inside the gate if you want to leave before 8-9am. Bathrooms are available if you pay the admission fee to the park, 70p per person.

January 13th, 2020 Nevado De Toluca

This is furthest you can go on this road. A gate is manned by a caretaker, and the State Police have a building here. From this parking lot you may hike up to the two crater lakes, or various peaks. Parking is allowed here overnight for free. But be aware the wind came rolling in about 10pm and did not stop all night, gusting to at least 50kmh. The temp got to just above 0 C. Simply put, it was a terrible night. But it is worth a day visit, the views are outstanding. At this altitude be prepared to be doing some heavy breathing if you're not acclimated to it.

January 9th, 2020 Rancho Viejo

Nice hot springs and decent camp spot. Hot showers in main restroom building not the ones by the pools. Looks like it could be a busy spot on the weekends.

December 19th, 2019 Lavanderia El Tendedero

Good little laundry place. Dropped 2 bags off when they opened at 9am and it was done at noon.

December 11th, 2019 Near Alvarez

What a great spot! Nice view across the valley to Alverez and beyond. Turn up the hill to the right at the ruins and it takes you to a great big open spot above the road. A little traffic to the small town but otherwise very quiet. The temps got into the low 40s F and we were socked in covered by fog an entire day, but sunny the next. As others said, it's very clean...please keep it this way!

December 9th, 2019 Presa Gonzalo N Santos

Not a bad spot for free. Yes, trash and glass to watch out for. As others said, go around the bend a bit to get on a high spot. This gets you away from the highway so it's quiet. We saw only dump trucks coming and going from the far end of the lake where they're getting gravel. All waved and seemed excited to see us. Also saw a few young guys on motorcycles doing some shore fishing.

December 8th, 2019 Hotel Medrano

We not sure why everybody is complaining about the cost of this place. Walking distance to most things (saving on taxis), pool, showers (though women's didn't want to get hot), electrical hook-up, sewer dump, water, security and its quiet. Cost is less than a night at most U.S. State parks where all you'd get is a pit toilet.

The laundry on-site is nice. Cost was 25 pesos to wash (2 washers), dryer (1) was 75 for two loads. Room was dusty so wipe it down before folding your stuff. The dryer was HOT on all settings so be aware.

We didn't eat at the restaurant so we won't comment on it.

December 7th, 2019 Los Alamitos

As described. The drive thru the nopal cactus fields is the best part. In December there's no water in the waterfall and the reservoir was muddy brown. The last 14km was pretty rough. Not really worth coming up here unless you really need to get away from it all.

December 5th, 2019 Purificadora Sta. Clara

As stated, directly on the road. Very friendly staff helped us find an English speaking guy (Roman) across the highway to help say we needed a hose. They did have a large one that was able to reach our rig and fill it fast!

December 5th, 2019 Commercial Parking Lot

Also known as Estacionamiento y Pension El Zorro. Great inner-city location for jumping off into the city. There's some low hanging wires on the way in and it's a tight area so I wouldn't attempt to park much more than a pop up camper or Sportmobile. Safe at night and they do have restrooms.

December 4th, 2019 Roca Azul Rv Park & Home Mobile Community

What a great place to hang out for a week! Pricing is 300 pesos per night, or 1400 for a week. The 5th-7th night is 1400 total. Hot showers, pools, free laundry, sewer, non-potable water, electricity, tennis. Walk to town in 30 min. The town plaza really comes alive after dark with lots of street vendors for cheap eats. Bus from town to Chapala is 15 pesos per person one-way. To Guadalajara is 33 pesos, takes about 2 hours.

November 25th, 2019 Agua Purificada Areli

Great place for water, just off a busy street. Pancho and his crew were very helpful, chasing down a long hose to help fill our camper tank. 12 pesos for 20 liters.

November 23rd, 2019 El Tabernero Mezcal Rancilla

So glad we saw this here on iOverlander! Pancho did a great job is slooow Spanish for us as he described the artisanal production of his agave raicillero. We had a great time learning and sampling his product, then enjoyed a nice lunch. Don't miss stopping in here if you're in the area.

November 23rd, 2019 Tenacatita

What a find! Very nice beach with chairs and umbrellas for rent by locals for 150 pesos for the day. They all have menus and will fetch food to bring to you. When you get to the T at the beach go left to more quiet area. Park next to the beach for free! As stated private security is on site and patrols 24 hrs a day. Very safe place.

We parked near Pancho's place (the gentleman that runs the distillery), Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant with a big green tarp. He also has a black water tank on the back of a truck with dulce aqua (sweet water) for rinsing off after swimming in the ocean.

Super friendly locals. We're offered a 5hr fishing trip for 2000 pesos, including lunch and waters. The only downside was the humidity and bugs that came out in the evening and morning hours.

November 22nd, 2019 Pérula ocean beach side

We wanted to like this place, we really did. But to get to it means either a narrow dirt road that's tough on wider full-sized rigs like our Dodge truck, or driving down the beach on a sandy track. A big undertow in the water makes swimming a bit of a challenge as well. And 90 deg plus 98% humidity made sleeping hard. Time to head for the mountains for us.


Decent place on the coast for a night or two. Not the least expensive though. Food and margaritas in the restaurant were good. Showers git hot after a bit of a wait. Gates locked all day/night so we'll secured if that's a need of yours.

November 18th, 2019 El Palmar de Chacala

As described. Extremely busy on a holiday weekend but on our Monday night stay all the Mexican campers and bus loads of visitors had left. Price was $250 pesos a night and we were given a receipt. Garbage bins all over the area were emptied after folks had left. Overall a very nice place for the price.

November 18th, 2019 Lavanderia Katy

Clean little lavanderia with friendly owners. $15 pesos per kilo. Did our three large loads in 2 hours.

November 10th, 2019 Beachside

Beautiful spot right on the coast. Nice long beach for walking. Amazing sunrises and sunsets. A few locals came by but everybody was very friendly. The nearby village has a few small tiendas and a tortillaria.

November 7th, 2019 Lavanderia

Decent place to get your laundry done while you park and shop at Walmart across the street. Careful crossing the very busy street. Prices shown on our picture.

November 6th, 2019 Aqua Purificada La Cascada

Good filtered water supply. Place has a hose (mangers). ¢40 peso per liter.

November 6th, 2019 Pollo El Chuy

Excellent BBQ chicken place. Very busy with the locals and delivery. Large parking lot big enough for an overland rig. $2.50 US for a 1/4 chicken lunch plate.

November 6th, 2019 Hotel Montesclaros

As previously described. Was 150 pesos for two of us in one truck. Showers, but no hot water. Both toilets had trouble flushing but were clean with TP. Don't think they closed the gate at night but we had no problems. Area was quiet at night.

October 23rd, 2019 Brite Wash Laundromat

Decent laundromat in Douglas. Good number of machines. Washers are $1.25 and dryers are 25¢ for 7 minutes. Oversized washers for $2 or $3.25. Closes at 9pm. Unfortunately, no Wi-Fi available. We had some great Mexican food just 3 blocks south at El Chef.

October 9th, 2019 Speedway Fuel RV dump station

Free RV dump. Water too, but not marked as potable though it likely is. Two dump stations. Close to Catalina State Park.