A small camping area is the only downside to this place. It has all the amenities we've come to appreciate, and it's only a short five minute walk into town and to the beach. Basic kitchen with a grill, although finding fresh meat in town can be difficult (except chicken). Contrary to reviews you may read online, we found management to be most helpful and friendly, and they were very upfront about pricing. Their pool is clean we, went in every day. You can have breakfast and drinks from the reception.
Rancho Santana offers camping in a country setting, plus a few small rooms if you'd rather spend your nights indoors. There is a grassy place to pitch your tents, a well-stocked kitchen and a very rustic outdoor shower. Lots of animals; cows, dogs, chickens, ducks, but it's the horses that make this place famous. The owner offers full or half-day horseback tours to the nearby nature reserve and ancient ruins. Electricity in the kitchen.
Camping no longer allowed
Caraz is a good place to spend a night if you're coming from the north via Cañon del Pato. Los Pinos has a few grassy gardens in the back of the property where you can camp. It costs an extra 5 soles per night to park in the secured lot next to the camping area. The rooms were expensive, so look elsewhere if you aren't camping. Electricity in the restaurant.
High up in the Cordillera Blanca, Llanganuco Lodge was a fantastic place to spend a few days. It got very cold at night, but the fire pit and absolutely amazing stars more than made up for it. The restaurant will serve meals upon reservation, don't show up expecting to be fed. Several trails, from 30 minutes to 6 days, start within a 15-minute walk of the lodge. Rooms are very expensive, owing to the remote location and the fact three meals are included. The food is also pricey, but very good. Electricity available in the dining room when the generator is running.
We stayed a night here because Kobus was sick, I camped and they got a room. The camping area is cramped, this is one of the only places you can camp in Huaraz. The kitchen is very basic, but the rooms are nice. Parking for motorcycles only, but a secure parking lot was right down the street. Electricity available in the office.
We're not sure if camping is normally allowed here, but the lady at the front office let us pitch our tents in their nice garden for a night. The showers were claimed to be hot, but Kobus couldn't get anything but cold water. Lots of birds - a parrot, a couple of owls and tons of chickens. A nice place to spend a night, and it's right on the town square. This where the archeologists working on the Chavin de Huantar ruins stay, and their workshop is on the grounds.
The only hotel we could find in Barranca with secured parking. Prices were rediculous, but it was probably the nicest place to stay in town, which isn't saying much. Barranca is pretty nasty, not a safe place to walk around at night. Wouldn't recommend coming here unless you have no other option.
There are three separate campsites in the park, we stayed at #3 which is the farthest from the entrance (stay to the left at the fork). If you're here during the winter, it will be foggy and wet. It doesn't rain much here, but the fog is thick at night. If you're lucky it will clear up and you'll have a good view of the green hills down to the coast. A very weird place place, worth a visit if you're sick of the dry, dusty desert.
By far the most popular place for overlanders to stop in Lima. Room for 3-4 cars in the parking area, which is also part of the common area. Tent camping on ground not permitted. Good kitchen and a grill, with a I very fancy (and slightly pricey) supermarket 5 minutes up the street. Continental breakfast included. Big rigs will fit, but best to make a reservation to make sure there is space.
The park and coastline are beautiful, but there's a big fat zero on the amenities list. We pitched our tents next to the ranger station as instructed, as close as possible to get out of the wind. Had there been better amenities (at least a toilet) we would have stayed another night and done a tour of the islands nearby.
Nice big grassy areas for camping. 20 soles per person. The now have a bathroom for overlanders. If you want wifi inside your vehicle you have to park close to the reception. Best camping we could find in Nazca.
The most popular (and only) place to camp near Cusco. It's a 20 minute downhill walk into town, and a grueling trek back up to Quinta Lala. We took a taxi up for 8S/. The covered area has a light and power outlets. The kitchen is basic, just a stove and a sink, bring your own pots, pans and plates. It's cold at night, but the fire pit helps. 12 soles per person + 12 soles for the RV. If you want to use the electricity, that's more 4 soles per day of use. Internet is inclused in the main price.
For BigRig, WeakEngine and people that don't want to drive through the very busy city with very narrow streets I recommend to take this Waypoint (it's near the PlazaVea where you can fill up your food resources):
S 13°30'58.65" (-13.516291)
W 71°57'25.01" (-71.956946)
From the waypoint go further up the street for 2,5-3km to Saqsaywaman. Your Navi should find the new way to the campground.
Take care when you leave the aspahlt to the last 200m to QuintaLala. The Street has a deep water supply on the right, use the left side to the unpaved way!
[Website hasn't been updated for a fair while and contact email address is incorrect. Current contact is Milagros (firstname.lastname@example.org). Her English is good but any other language - except Spanish of course - needs to be run through Google translate first.
Water is said to be non-potable but we are drinking it - added a little bleach to the tank as it filled - and have had no problems.
For those wishing to leave their vehicles here while they return home and need to suspend their TIP, Millie has the procedure down pat and is willing to walk through the process with you. Tony LEE Nov 2014]
Of all the places with nasty bathrooms, this one wins the award for the worst. Camping is across the street from the hotel in a large sports complex. The camping spots are very exposed, and unnecessarily fenced-in. Parking is on the street outside the camping area, but it's a quiet area of town and we were told it was safe. Internet available but pricey.
Santa Teresa is the jumping-off point for people going the back way into Machu Picchu. As a result this place, the only campground in town, is often crowded with tour groups and people such as ourselves. The camping area was decent enough, but the bugs were very bad! There may have been a kitchen, we didn't investigate. You can leave your car parked here for S$5 per day while you head into Aguas Caliente and Machu Picchu. Hot showers cost an extra $5.
Aguas Calientes is lined with hostels, we chose this one by chance after asking around for best prices. Nothing to write home about, but perfectly good for a two night stay. A bit noisy because it was on the main stretch of train tracks. Restaurants available nearby.
No amenities, but an absolutely beautiful place to spend the night for free. There's a small river crossing to get to the more secluded side of the canyon, but it was barely ankle deep when we crossed. Take the southern bypass around Ayaviri and take a right when you see the sign to Tinajani Canyon. It's very cold, at around 13,000 feet. So bring some warm clothes.
Camping is possible at Las Cabanas, but we opted to stay in a cabin for our last night in Peru. A very nice area in a quite town, a much friendlier place to stay than nearby Puno. Continental breakfast is included.
Camped the secure parking of the hotel that was muddy with grass. The parking was small and big rigs might have a problem to turn around. The toilets were in the parking lot and open all night. A couple of minutes walking into the city center.
No more camping in official parking area, but still permitted just outside, on
grass. They have a large lot at the visitors center. We choose to camp out on a grass patch just before the final turn into the visitors center parking lot with a great view of the ruins. Restrooms close at 5pm. 20 soles per adult / 10 student to enter site. During the day the main lot gets busy with tours.
Hacienda in the hill on the west side of Cajamarca city center. We were allowed to camp in the parking lot of the Hacienda and we had dinner in the restaurant. Toilet open all night and there was cold showers that we did not try. WIFI included. Road up is narrow and a big rig might have a problem.
NOTE - camping not accepted at certain times of the high season because of parties.
Lovely RV park in beach town. Parking on grassy area around the back by the swimming pool. Good WIFI, access to hot shower in unused hotel room and toilets and sink in the campsite. Water, electricity and laundry service available. Rooms available too.
Beautiful mountain lake. Camping by start of hiking trail. Also possible to park on lake shore down rough track by these co-ordinates. Wind is funnelled down here though so we decided to stay up top. No Facilities. Free.
Very large camping area by one of the lakes. Costs 10s to enter for the day but if you want to stay overnight it costs a staggering S65! Minimal facilities but very close to Laguna 69. If you ask nicely you can buy two daytickets if you want to stay only for one night, or if you come after 4pm only one ticket the following morning, as the guards go home around 4pm.
Hours 7am to 4pm with lunch break 1pm to 2pm
Go to the main door under the guard tower rather than the swap door on the far right.
NB See check in comments regarding inability to fill bottles not having vent valves.
ALSO, you will likely have no luck getting fixed autogas tanks filled, but they can direct you somewhere nearby that will.
3.5 soles per kg
They don't wann have overlanders anymore. Did only accept us because of the small van.
Camped on grass behind closed gates at the lodge. Access to toilet and shower in unoccupied room. Acceptable WIFI. No electicity anymore. Non potable water. Price: 50 Sol. Not recommended anymore.
Don't like to have big rigs and overlanders in general anymore
Any vehicle fits through the gate, but it is a very short turn, so the largest rigs probably can't enter.