When we drove through Pasto a large stretch of roads were closed. We ended up at this place largely out of convenience and because we couldn't find the two places we knew about. Decent room, hot showers, can't complain. Breakfast can be included for a small extra fee, but there are many panderias nearby, so better to save your money. Secured parking lot within a block.
A very simple place at the end of the main parking where the trails lead down to the church, next to the internet cafe. We ended up here because it was cheaper than camping. There are a few other hotels in the area that were cheaper than what we found in Ipiales. A good place to stay before crossing the border as it's only a 15 minute drive to Ecuador. Parking lot in front is guarded at night.
Very friendly and helpful owners. Good covered areas to cook under. Showers are bit rustic. Lots of bugs and even more crabs! Close to Playa Carrillo which is a beautiful beach and less crowded than nearby Playa Samara.
On the shores of Lake Arenal in the town of El Castillo, just off the main road through town before the pizza shop (right across from Cafe Lago near the boat launch). No services, but it's free and chef bene in the soda is great
We stayed here when our parents flew in after dark, and again the night before they left early. Ten minutes from the airport. Had our parents not been paying we would not have stayed here. It is a very nice hotel, cheaper than other boutique hotel options. The steakhouse restaurant is also very good, and not expensive given Costa Rican prices. +$100 USD per room
High in the mountains, relatively cold weather. Crowded with locals on the weekend, especially Sunday, but very few overnighters. Covered areas for cooking. Trout pond for fishing, gear provided. $9 per kilo, no catch and release, expensive but delicious. Beautiful 1.5 mile hiking trail into the cloud forest behind the restaurant.
A lucky find. Look for the camping sign on the main street just outside Uvita. Beautiful view, lots of toucans. Brand new bathrooms and covered area to cook under. Very friendly owners who will made food in their restaurant on request.
Parking in front of the hostel, it's a bit of a climb up to the camping area. Covered tent areas. A great view of Drake Bay. The roads to Drake aren't the greatest, they were newly graded but did involve a few shallow river crossings. 4x4 recommended.
A beautiful free place to camp south of Drake Bay near the Corcovado. Scarlet macaws everywhere, an amazing beach and not a person in sight. River crossings and bad roads, 4x4 required. Pack your trash out. Camping on the grass in front of the house, next to the soccer field. Can use the covered shelter for cooking. Do not camp on the soccer field or beach, the tide is high, and low areas will flood if it rains. Freshwater hose and open shower on the beach. Bathrooms in the school you can use if you ask for a key. A lodge with a bar and restaurant 500m down the beach will also let you use their showers and bathrooms.
4x4 required. River crossings can flood if rains are bad. Do not leave anything unattended on the beach. Pack your trash out. There's a shop at the end of the road offering cold beer, bathrooms, showers and food for a cost. If you're headed into Corcovado you can park your car behind the store for $5 a day. Buy the old Canadian expat a beer and listen to some of his stories!
Make reservations in Puerto Jimenez. You must do this, or arrange through a tour organizer. It's an 11 mile hike from Carate. You can take a boat from Bahia Drake, and you can take a boat or fly from Puerto Jimenez. Dorms are two bunk beds each in a screened room. Bugs can be a problem, bring mosquito nets or lots of DEET. Camping area is in a covered pavilion. Meals can be provided with reservation, but cost $20-25 per person per meal. There is a building for cooking next to the camping area. Water can be bought for $4 per 2 liter bottle, or purified from the tap. Pack out all trash.
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.
The best kept secret in El Salvador. Friendly staff, awesome camp sites, plenty of firewood and a huge fire ring. Also, the food fair on weekends shouldn't be missed. Can take a horseback tour of the coffee plantation for $20 per person. Electricity available in restaurant.
Has a pool and secure parking across the street. Good place to stop if you want to do the crossing through Honduras to Nicaragua in one day. Wifi and computer terminals available. Parking available nearby.
The best place to stay if you want to see the ruins with few other tourists in it. You can get up early in the morning before the busloads of tourists get there and then go back late in the afternoon when they have all left again. There is a small grassy area for pitching tents that can get crowded at night. Parking is in front of the restaurant. Electricity at some sites. 50Q/pp