|December 8th, 2018||Free Wifi||
Wifi didn’t work for us, but the antel shop in town has free and fast wifi.
|December 8th, 2018||Potable water||
Its a Ose Water station. Unfortunately the tap doesn’t work anymore.
|November 15th, 2018||End of the road||
We really enjoyed this beautiful hike which made us think of on of our first hikes on Vancouver island. If you want it more it adventurous, go with high tide and you have to climb over fallen trees and jump over small rivers. Otherwise its an easy stroll on pebble beach.
|November 1st, 2018||Argentina Insurance||
Here a friendly boy sells you your insurance, but he knows what to do and otherwise asks his mum.
|October 10th, 2018||Pilmichue||
Freyas boyfriend “welcomed” us. He told us that a dorm would be 12.000 pp and if we wanted to sleep in our van we weren’t allowed inside to chill with our friend who would be using the dorm room. He said we would use the space of other guests; its offseason and our friend would have been the only guest.
We left and went to Hostal Bellymar instead
|September 30th, 2018||Embalse Puclaro||
If you ask him friendly, Christian Bull -the owner of the windsurf school - will open the gate for you and you can park the car next to his shelter, a bit hidden from the wind.
|September 21st, 2018||safe parking||
Car wash for 13000 or 6000 if you do it yourself. Really friendly. They only have kärcher high pressure pumps without lots of pressure and sometimes the water is gone for a bit; so bring some time!
|September 21st, 2018||Altos de Quitor Glamping||
We stayed one night. Its 5000pp. Hosts were welcoming at first but not exactly willing to help with our questions; it just felt like they were mainly focusing on their glamping-guests.
|September 8th, 2018||Sea Car Auto Lavanderia||
They were unfriendly from the start and wanted 80bol.
Instead I went to “lavado 4x4” (find it on maps.me), they were really friendly and did a good job for 50bol.
|September 7th, 2018||F6 - Road Information||
While maps.me and google have problems showing the right way, there is a proper carretera going from Oruro directly to Sucre. Its about 300km of the best paved roads we have seen in South America so far and goes through beautiful hilly countryside.
EDIT: only the last 40km before Ravelo are on/off paved/ good gravel. But they are working hard to make it all paved.
So do not pay attention to your navigation system for once but just follow your nose south and after 100km you will find signs directing you towards Sucre.
Lots of beautiful wild camping sides along the road!
|September 4th, 2018||Police Checkpoint||
We’ve also avoided this police checkpoint in an easy way. Just as senor sepp says. Maps.me doesn’t know the way though.
|September 4th, 2018||Police and Toll||
Police check point- only checking outbound la Paz.
|September 2nd, 2018||Tour to Uros islands with Roger or other local||
Roger wasn’t there, so instead we did the tour with Francisco.
If you bring your passport you can let it stamp with the official Uros stamp.
You can also sleep at Francisco’s island, its 40 USD pp/pn and includes transport, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner and lots of activities (check foto) . Contact Francisco: www.urossumaurolodge.com
|August 31st, 2018||Pintura / Chapa - Panelbeater||
We had quite some rust on our car and Naftaly got all rid of it and did an awesome paint job. 2 days of work for 320soles. One thing though: he promised us we could sleep in their yard and around 7pm the lady who owns the backyard said we have to leave. After some negotiation Naftaly managed that we could stay for this one night.
|August 24th, 2018||place near a river||
Since “grass near a river” is fenced in now, we parked here on our way to Cuzco. Its a level gravel road, surrounding the village. We arrived around 5:30pm and did not see anyone until we left next morning, except some friendly local dogs.
|August 24th, 2018||Nazca Lines II||
We arrived with sunset and had a good nights rest. Nobody was here to check on us. Next morning around 07:30 the guard Antonio arrived but was only interested in a chat, not in collecting any fee. He said, he usually is there from 07:30am to 06:00pm.
|August 18th, 2018||Club Germania||
A sports club for Germans and their relatives. Founded mid of 19th century (for everyone who would think something different ;)).
Even without reservation and being a german/ dutch couple, we where invited to stay one night (normally its two nights but they had an event next day and needed the parking lot).
The friendly woman at the reception said we weren’t allowed to use the facilities (“only parking for security”) but the security guard said we should use all the facilities. The place is huge, so you won’t see the reception lady again...the showers are amazingly hot!
|August 16th, 2018||Two Cordillera Panorama||
We drove the full length of the road from west to east. Easy doable if you bring time and high clearance - even in a snowstorm. Though, in a snowstorm you won’t see much of the surrounding peaks, so check the weather forecast. Nevertheless we really enjoyed this beautiful “lord of the rings”-like countryside.
Entrance fee: coming from west, it is 30 soles pp per day but leaving from the east entrance nobody is checking anything.
|July 30th, 2018||Mercedes Benz taller Marco||
Marco is specialized in Mercedes benz cars and helped us out with a electrical problem. EDC light turned on and van didnt start anymore.
|July 23rd, 2018||Kiteschool and Hang Out Kite Ecuador||
In March 2018 Javier and Mike moved their kiteschool over to this place. We stayed a month and had an awesome time here! We had classes with them and rented gear. We could also use their wifi, kitchen, toilet and shower.
|July 23rd, 2018||Ecuador Kite Surf||
This place is permanently closed. Javier and Mike moved further down the street and operate their school under the new name “Kite Ecuador”. Check the new entry “Kiteschool and Hang Out Kite Ecuador”
|June 7th, 2018||Parque Carolina||
Perfect spot to visit the city! Everything as mentioned below.
|May 24th, 2018||Entrance fee||
Entrance fee is 40.000 pp. Guide to hike volcano Purace is 35.000 per group and is mandatory. Price is negotiable if you want to call the manager. Staff could not explain the price-raise. In rainy conditions path is supposed to be muddy and sight very cloudy.
|May 24th, 2018||Salinas Natural||
Road to the Salinas is not on maps.me, but this (02°19′20.06″N 76°30′07.54″W) is where you take the small road up from the main road. Also has a huge blue sign next to it.
Thermal pools are beautiful and as mentioned before.
|May 23rd, 2018||End of pavement||
We drove the 100km from Tierradentro to Popayan on a really rainy day. It took us in our 2wd MB Sprinter 5 hours, including a break of 30 min in front of a landslide. From Cordoba until Popayan its pavement,
|May 21st, 2018||From Tatacoa North or reverse||
Bring time and high clearance. Ground in the flooded tunnels is solid. In our 2wd MB Sprinter it took us 2.5h.
We had sunshine though, with lots of rain it might be different of course.
|May 13th, 2018||vista hermosa||
Jairo is a really nice and helpful guy with a wonderful spot on the lake! The view is amazing. He has spots for vans/campers etc. if you would like to stay in one of his rooms, this is also possible! The rooms are almost ready and the living room has a great view on the lake! Showers and kitchen available!
|April 28th, 2018||Route 66 auto spa||
Really good carwash with a super friendly and interested owner; Danny! They also wash te car from underneath! 30.000p
|April 26th, 2018||Finca El Carajo||
Beautiful place with an amazing view.
|April 20th, 2018||Minca, corrupt police department||
They are still there just a bit down the road direction st Martha. Make sure you have copies of all your papers. If its taking to long, just start making pictures of them welcome to colombia!! Ask them of course before; and you can drive on without paying.