The signs on the front advertised camping, pizza and a hostel. The bathrooms are a bit dodgy. The water is solar-heated, and the electric shower heads don't supply enough juice to heat water in the morning, so it's only somewhat warm in the afternoon. But the price is right and the Argentinian couple who run the place are very friendly. We opted for a room because it was only US$5 more for the three of us, but you can pitch a tent here as well.
One of the best campgrounds of our trip to date. Lots of grassy areas to pitch a tent plus a fire pit that we used nearly every night. Very friendly English-speaking staff. The camping area's kitchen was wood-fire only. We used the oven half a dozen times with great success. Internet is available in the restaurant, which serves great food at reasonable prices, but only worked a couple hours during our six night stay. Big rigs be careful on the drive in. The road is narrow and there aren't places to turn around.
Hotel Oberland is roughly 15 minutes south of La Paz (en coche, 1h en bus) in the town of Mallasa if you're coming from the north, research the bypass loop to avoid driving through the city. More of a parking lot for overlanding vehicles, it's not the best place to pitch a tent. But it is a great place to meet other travelers and swap notes about Bolivia and Peru. Wifi is decent by Bolivian standards, and there is a kitchen above the campground that may be free to use, but we never bothered to ask.
Payed 120.-/2 persons, June 2016, overpriced!
Hotel and campsite. One of the best tent camping spots we found in Bolivia. Grass, a fire ring and a covered common area with power. Vehicles have a "reasonly flat" spot available close to the hostel area, just within wifi coverage, but right at the entrance of the hostel and kind a walktrough your camper van. Not to recommend for overlanders.
Lots of bugs, but blissfully warm temperatures relative to La Paz. The restaurant is reasonably priced and has a good reputation for German food. The surrounding property is huge, and is dotted with cabins that sleep 3-8 people. At the end of a narrow dirt road with no good turn arounds. Big rigs may have trouble. When wet, you probably need 4x4.
Continental breakfast is included, but we're not sure if the restaurant is open beyond that. Oruro isn't the happiest town in Bolivia, and finding a place to stay that had secured parking proved difficult. If you sleep in your vehicle it would be possible to stay a night in their parking lot.
Another case of needing a hotel with secure parking in the city. We only stayed one night, favoring to head to the more popular city of Sucre sooner rather than later. This hotel was decent enough, but lacked wifi. There was a kitchen, but we're not sure if it was free for guests to use or if it was part of a restaurant that was not open. Entry has height restriction, big rigs may have trouble.
REOPENED: A small grassy area very close to the center of Sucre. It's not signed, but it is a well-known stop for overlanders. Upon arrival you need to track down the owner, Alberto or his wife Felicidad and have them let you in. Alberto may be in his workshop on the property, knock loudly on the red door number 70, or at their house which can be found around the corner at 416 Arcento Arce. Very friendly people and an excellent (and the only) place to camp in Sucre just a few blocks from the center. They also have a room for rent at the top of the A-frame common area.
A free breakfast of bread and an egg is included. One of the few places in Uyuni that includes parking at a price that won't break the bank.
You have to ask for the hot water to be turned on if it is not, the hours when it's supposed to be available are posted and aren't conducive to an early-morning departure. If you sleep inside your vehicle you should be able to camp in their parking lot for a night. Hot showers after 7AM!
Price: Bs78 per person for a room with private bathroom
You can camp anywhere on the Solar de Uyuni, but Isla Pescador is probably your best bet. Not to be confused with Isla Pescado, the more popular destination for tour groups. You can stay on Pescado, but it's not a friendly place for tent campers and is likely to be crowded in the afternoon. However, there are bathrooms and trash facilities available, whereas Pescador has nothing. We spent the entire day and night without seeing another soul. We recommend camping around the back side of the island so you'll have a view of the sunset.
Just off the road on the right as you leave the Laguna Colorado area we found this dry canyon. You can drive a few hundred meters into the canyon and find a secluded place to camp for the night that's protected from the sun and wind. The elevations in Bolivia's southwest are incredibly high, meaning brutal sun during the day and cold temperatures at night. There are bathrooms and trash facilities at the ranger station on the north end of Laguna Colorado.
Just south of Laguna Chalviri, Dali's Rocks are another stunning landscape on Bolivia's Southwest circuit. We found the rock that offered the most shelter from the wind and prying eyes. Our highest-elevation campsite on this trip at over 15,000 feet. The wind at night was brutal and temperatures dropped below freezing, but the scenery is absolutely surreal. The road out to the rocks can be a bit soft. Proceed with caution if you are not in a high clearance 4x4.
On Lake Titicaca Beach further along from the trout restaurants. There is a good space just before the Hostel which appears to have no name. This was very quiet overnight with no traffic. Come to an arrangement with the owner of the hostel (who sells some pretty inventive jewellery made out of old cutlery) for toilets. There are also public toilets at the other end of the beach. FREE.
No facilities. Sandy car park of the Thermal baths. Cold and quiet overnight. Spectacular views of surrounding mountains. Free. (Thermal Baths are S30 each and consist of natural pool in the altiplano).
This is an awesome place to stay. Short dirt track from the main road to reach the massive (100m across) circular hot pool. You can park right on the edge of the lake. Basic toilet block available. It was busy when we arrived but everyone left by dark. In the morning there was no one there and we had a beautiful solo soak. They charge 50 bs. per person.
3800m. No facilities / poor cover / beautiful setting. Plenty of bush camping in the area, not much cover. See our Overland guide to Bolivia’s Southwestern Circuit for much more info such as additional campsites, propane plant, gas stations, bathrooms, ticket control, etc. free
Not much, but had electricity (for an extra B/10, plug in at the workshop), water and nice hot showers. Many camp near Minutemen Pizza or near the square. B/25 per person. There is a military post nearby.
B/30 entrance fee per person gives you access to the island which has services such as bathrooms, a water faucet, restaurant, trash cans, and hiking trails. You can camp anywhere on the Salar. The sunsets are gorgeous
(approximate). Much better place to camp as there are numerous large boulders to block the wind and view from the road. Several great places to turn off and camp several miles before and after the given coordinates. free
4157m. Overlooking the lake on a turnoff, great spot. Great spots to camp out can be found all around Lagunas Chulluncani, Hedionda, Chiar Kkota, and Honda. After these lakes you will pass through a beautiful altiplano with 360 degree views of snow capped mountains. Camping here also great but a little higher in elevation compared to the lakes. free
4317m. Campsite overlooking the red lagoon. Nice spot but an even better spot may be before the registration and check point: S22 09.885. W67 47.915. . Camping here buys you an extra day in the park. free
Excellent spot next to hot springs. The geography gives you a bit of a break from the wind. The hot springs are crowded during breakfast and lunch time but wait an hour and you will have them to enjoy in solitude. Hot springs are free to use, bathrooms cost B/3, there are trash cans and snacks for sale across the road.