Mod note May not allow camping
A fantastic place to camp above Otavalo, it's hard to beat the view. There are indoor and outdoor common areas, and a place to have a campfire and grill. The kitchen is open for breakfast and dinner upon request, but is not available for use by guests. A variety of cabins and rooms can also be reserved if you don't want to camp. See website for directions.
Tambopaxi is the only lodge inside the park, and one of two places where you can camp, the other being the Limpiopungo Lake Campground a short distance from Tambopaxi. The hostel offers rooms and the restaurant serves good food but at higher-than-average prices. Camping is in front of their new lodge building which was just opening for business when we arrived. At over 12,000 feet it's cold and windy, so bring plenty of warm clothes. Campfires not allowed. See website for directions.
Price per night includes a set breakfast and dinner. Internet was not available, but there were signs for it, so it may have just been offline while we were there. Restaurant also sells fresh bread and lunches upon request. Hard to miss this place as you drive the Quilotoa Loop counterclockwise into Chugchilan on the right-hand side of the road.
A very overlanding-friendly place. Has all the amenities you could want - a big grill, a cozy common area and plenty of places to pitch a tent, covered and uncovered. they can arrange activities nearby. Highly recommended!
Very expensive and not entirely setup to be tent-camper friendly. Has the potential to be very noisy during the weekends. There are several other options around Macas but they were either temporarily closed or temporarily without a bathroom. The hotel was closed while we were there, the only activity was at the at the pool and (loud) open-air restaurant. We pitched our tents as far away as possible. The groundskeeper will want to charge you extra to use the facilities. Rip off.
With half a dozen options on the same street, we ended up here by chance. We had a great room on the top floor with a balcony overlooking the city where we could cook our own meals. The lady who runs the hostel was incredibly friendly and helped us find parking on several occasions. There are guarded lots nearby but they are closed on Sundays. Street parking during the week is not free, you must buy a ticket at a shop nearby. Parking attendants carry cameras and know exactly how long you've been there.
The petrified forest has a legitimate campground near the river, but it is often closed due to road construction. The places marks the informal camping at the visitor center.
Quiet and for free. Toilets and showers open when the visitor center is open. Road is (except last 1.2 km) paved.
$8 per person with a great breakfast included. clean toilets & hot showers. there is a small kitchen you can use to cook your own meals but the restaurant offers tasty homemade food, wifi, cozy dining area with fireplace, located 4km from the town centre. quiet and beautiful views, from there you can hike around the hostel or further up to Mojanda Lakes (maps available)
Electricity 110v/220v + Water and fast internet. Parking on grass – be careful in wet weather. Humberto and his wife are very friendly and will help you if you need any repairs. Access to toilet and hot showers in cabin or if full in their house. About a 20 minute walk from town.
UPDATE - Camping in tents (motorcyclists) not permitted as risk of snakes. July 4 2016
NOTE - camping area is just inside gate on left. DO NOT drive a big rig up the driveway to the reception area because you may have to back all the way down.
Not really a safe place to leave the van during the day, you can see it from the main road, nobody there and the gate is not closed! Wifi not at sites.
Wifi / hot shower / electricity / water / english / great restaurant & bar / 2km out of town. Owners have built an overlander specific parking lot. The hostals facilities were great with hammocks, swimming pool, great views and a good restaurant.
Gerd, the german owner of the Hostal Zentrum, is a really nice guy and offers a great place in El Mariscal. Big overlanders may encounter problems to enter the entrance gate (2.6m drive in limit) so the spot is for vans and jeeps only. Can also park in front of hotel on weekends as during the week it is prohibited to park on the street between 7AM-7PM.
Cheap Hotel Option in Saquisili (when you plan to visit the amazing market). For small vehicles only as the entrance is small. Price:15 USD. Coordinates must be wrong, ad Sawuisili is way more to the north!
Parking lot at Quilotoa Loop. You can stay on the parking lot. As there are several hostels nearby you may get access to bathroom facilities in one of the hostels. No facilities although toilets are available during the day.
Mod: Sep 16. National Park is open with the exception of summiting Cotopaxi.
Free campsite in the P.N. Cotopaxi. It's a new official camping area with toilet facilities & cold showers. When good weather you may have a splendid view at the volcano.
Really cool campsite as the owner has a wide range of hummingbird species in his garden (other birds and animals to be seen around 5 o'clock in the morning as well). When staying in Mindo don't forget to have a look at the Swiss Reposteria in the centre of the town. The most yummy brownies ever!