wanderingleadstowonder Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
June 28th, 2019 El Caimán UMA

We checked out Jose’s Camping and Cabañas, but decided to take a quick look here before deciding...we are very glad that we did. Jose’s was perfectly acceptable, but El Caiman is much better! We fit under the cable at the entry with no problem in our Tundra with a roof-too tent. There are palms lining the driveway, but they were not a problem. The camping is at the edge of the beach. We spent a great evening watching the sun setting over the ocean. There is a bathroom with toilet and shower. The owner is delightful and very welcoming. She brought out a table and chairs (with a tablecloth) for us to use. While it is better for smaller rigs and tents, larger rigs can park near the front and use the space closer to the beach to hang out.

June 17th, 2019 Casa Gaia

This hotel has nice rooms to rent and large, secure parking for overlanders. Camping in big rigs is permitted, though the bathrooms close at 9:00 when the restaurant closes. Cobán is a natural stopping point between Lake Atitlan and Tikal. The road from Atitlan is long and slow. Casa Gaia was a welcomed stop for us. We stayed in a room ($45 USD) for the night in the rainy season. Food is reasonably priced and available all day.

June 9th, 2019 Casa del francès

Tried to find this place...didn’t see anything that looked inviting in the least. Would t recommend wasting time here. Moving on toward the border.

May 28th, 2019 Lavamatic express

Very good, clean laundromat right across the street from the Best Western Plus in Panama City. It has drop off service and self service. Friendly staff, fast, reliable machines. They have soap and softener.

April 21st, 2019 Restaurant/bar Chambacu

Nice spot. Good parking for camping, yummy food, dinner...great for the drive between Barichara and Medellin. If you have time, there is a pool for relaxing, trout fishing, etc. Very clean bathrooms!! 30,000 CoP per car. Highly recommend.

April 16th, 2019 Tamauka Camping

This is a perfect stop for people traveling to Bogota from the north. It is difficult to make the trip all the way to Bogota in one day. Tamauka is a good stopping point to take a break before entering the chaos of Bogota. It also allows for day trips to nearby national parks and smaller villages on the outskirts of Bogota. We have done a great deal of camping in South America and have never before found a more beautiful, organized camping area. The common kitchen is huge and well equipped. The bathrooms are clean and the shower is hot. There is a large flat area for parking and/or tents. Plenty of beautiful space to hang out, be together or alone and enjoy the outdoors. There are horses, sheep, chickens and a garden. You can have laundry done for a small fee. My Claro chip worked well here. The farm is located within a gated, private community with security. Before you arrive at the main gate, call Patricia at WhatsApp +573164485126.

We highly recommend this spot. 15,000 Colombian pesos per person.

March 2nd, 2019 VariGas - bottle filling station

Just an update - this place closes at 12:00 pm on Saturdays.

February 28th, 2019 Los Algarrobos

We spent a night here on our way north. This place must have been great in its hey-day...today, it is a bit sad. Old bathroom building is rarely used and certainly shows it, but is relatively clean. Toilets work, but showers are cold. The grounds are large and grassy with big trees for shade. It was very peaceful, as we were the only people here. We camped behind the bathroom building and found the view to the open area much better than those close to the pool. Other than the bathroom scene, it was a good night.

January 29th, 2019 Camping La Vega

This is a relatively new campsite located just outside Hornopiren, about 10 minutes from the ferry. It seems like you are taking a long road to nowhere, but it opens into a beautiful meadow with plenty of camping spots for rigs of all kinds and tents galore! There are clean bathrooms and cold water shower stalls, and fire pits. 3000 Chilean pesos per person. We chose a spot right next to the river and spent a very peaceful night here. The bathroom building has electricity for charging phones and camera batteries.

January 28th, 2019 Parque Pumalín – Campsite Lago Blanco

We pulled into El Volcán to find its 12 sites full. We drove down a little further to Lago Blanco and were the only people there. The sites each have a parking space and an assigned quincho right on the lake. We have a roof top tent and used only the parking space. The price is 16000 pesos per site, but because we didn’t use the quincho, we were only charged for parking - 6000 pesos. There is enough room for big rigs and roof top tents in all but one of the 6 sites. The bathroom was clean with cold showers only. There is clean portable water with very easy access here.

January 27th, 2019 Puesto Mesa

This site is located right on Ruta 7, but is still very quiet and peaceful, as there is usually very little traffic! There are cabañas and 5 spacious quinchos. There is space for more than 5 vehicles .It is good for rigs large and small, with plenty of tent camping space, as well. Each quincho has a fire pit, wood is available, bathrooms are clean, wood heated warm showers - not hot, but sufficient, no internet or cell coverage. Good place.

January 20th, 2019 Camping Cecilia

Camping in a large grassy field - good for motor homes, roof-top tents, and ground tents. We were charged 15,000 Chilean pesos for two people with our roof-top tent. There are four individual bathrooms with hot showers, a common kitchen area with several tables and electricity. It is on the outskirts of town and not as close to stores and restaurants as the other two camping areas right in the center of town, but this is quiet and much more spacious.

January 19th, 2019 Camping & Laundry Cochrane

Camped here the first night we arrived in Cochrane. There is a relatively small yard with almost no room for rigs. The area was filled with small tents for bicyclists and backpackers. They did make a space for our truck and roof-top tent, but no more than one would fit. There are two bathrooms and two showers. The laundry service was fast, 7000 Chilean pesos per load. The camping was 12,000 for two people and the truck. We chose to go to Cecilia’s the next night - it is more spacious and quiet.

January 18th, 2019 Parque Patagonia – Alto Valle

This is a beautiful campsite with great wind huts for cooking, hanging out, and even camping if necessary! The bathrooms are very clean with solar showers and running water. There are sinks for dishes outside the bathrooms. The sites are nicely spaced and you can find plenty of places to tuck in away from other campers. There are hiking trails from the site. The ranger comes by to collect fees - 8000 Chilean pesos per person. We highly recommend this place!

January 17th, 2019 Ohnan Aiken

The small campground is located in the town of Posadas, near two spectacular lakes - Lago Posadas and Pueyrredon. The site has about 7 camping spots for rigs and roof top tents, more if you have ground tents. There are bathrooms with hot showers, parillas for grilling, and electricity. The sites are wind protected inside a small courtyard setting surrounded by trees. It makes a good option if you don’t want to fight the wind at the lakes with your roof-top tent! The owner is friendly, the price is good - 100 Argentinian pesos per person.

January 16th, 2019 Lago Burmeister (Perito Merino Parque-National parc)

This site has plenty of space for big rigs, roof-top tents and ground tents. It was very windy, but it is possible to find a place with some wind protection. We used our roof-top tent in the large parking area by the lake side. The pit toilets are clean. There are no other amenities, but the setting is beautiful. The lake is sparking blue and the hikes in the area beautiful. It was well worth the 90 km drive! There are also other places in Perito Moreno park to explore. Be sure to check in with ranger when you arrive.

November 26th, 2018 FlyRanch

This aero towing club (hang gliding and sail planes) is a great stop for relaxing campers and adventure seekers alike! There is ample space for large and small rigs, bathrooms with showers, parrillas for grilling, and a weekend restaurant. You can also take a tandem hang gliding flight with local instructors. The people are very friendly, more than happy to help and welcome visitors of all kinds. There are plenty of birds to watch, flying machines to see and and spaces to hang out! Before you go, be sure to call Lionel at his WhatsApp number - 5491138870869, to make sure there is space and that someone is there to welcome you. English, Portugués and Spanish are spoken here. Great people! We highly recommend!

November 23rd, 2018 Parking Lot in Buenos Aires

This parking lot is great for taller vehicles...if you are like us, you have had a difficult time fitting into the typical parking garage in South America. This is open air, well guarded, you do not have to leave your keys with them and you can walk to many tourist areas. It is near Teatro Colon and the El Ateneo bookstore.

October 21st, 2018 Orla Nautica

This hotel can be an informal campsite, hotel, and/or secure parking while you take a small boat to an Atins adventure to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. The people are friendly, the pool is cool and clean, good rooms, showers, restaurant, breakfast, etc. We paid to use the bathroom and shower, but camped in our rig on the grass. Tours of any kind can be organized. Just ask George and he can help!!
We chose to drive our Tundra into the small town of Atins, but were not allowed to drive onto the dunes at Lençóis. While the drive into Atins was fun, it was unnecessary work for our rig and camping at Atins was not optimal. It may be easier to leave vehicles here at the hotel and take a small boat to Atins to take tours, go to the beach and sleep at one of the many available pousadas. When you visit Barreirinhas, don’t forget to explore the boardwalk by the boats - good restaurants, live music, etc.

October 10th, 2018 Rio vermelho

Very nice wild camping spot next to a small river. Pull out just next to the bridge. Clean setting with several flat options for parking. The night and early morning were very quiet. Several interested tour buses stopped by around 9:00 am to check out the river and our rig.

October 9th, 2018 Camping / Cachoeira dos Cristais

We had a good night here. Clean bathrooms and kitchen area, plenty of space for rigs, no height restriction, lots of tent camping spaces, showers (hot and cold), restaurant, waterfalls, play area. Recommend. 30 real per person.

September 30th, 2018 Pousada Estancia Vitoria.

We had a great stay here at Estancia Vitoria. Great space for rigs large and small, tent camping, rooms and small suites. There is a pool, good showers, bathrooms, restaurant, cold drinks, laundry...everything you need in the heat of the Pantanal! They have organized guided tours of every type. There is always space and no reservations are needed for camping. We paid 55 reales per person. It is best to contact them ahead of time if you would like guiding services. Check out their website at www.pantanal.ch We highly recommend this site when you are spending time in the north Pantanal!

September 27th, 2018 Hotel Riviera Pantanal

This hotel has good, safe parking, but the room was was stuffy and not very clean. The cost was $49 USD for two people, six beers and breakfast. It does have WiFi, friendly staff and warm showers.

September 26th, 2018 Club de Campo - Santa Rosa de la Mina

This is a good stopping place between Santa Cruz and Concepcion on the mission circuit. We arrived just at dark and were lucky to find people here, as there are few places to stay on this route. The price was 200 bol for 2 people and the truck, but we did have access to bathrooms, the pool and breakfast. Best to arrive before 6:00 to make sure people are there. Go into the gate and continue to drive past the first house into the second gate. You will see the larger club house building next to the pool.

September 22nd, 2018 Fuel Station

This is a good place. Filled our tank for regular Bolivian price, no problem. Gave them our stickers and a couple of Jolly Ranchers with a 30 Bol tip. Nice kids!

September 20th, 2018 La Vispera - Hotel

Very friendly staff! We stayed one night here for 150 Bolivianos for two people and one truck with a roof top tent. We found a nice level spot, although we were the only people here. It may help to have leveling blocks. The kitchen and bathrooms are spectacular - very clean and well maintained. Good hot showers and toilet paper always make things better. We bought fresh veggies, jams and teas to take with us. Highly recommend!

September 13th, 2018 Border Control Peru/Bolivia

Our experience here was different than described. While this is a brand new building with both Peruvian and Bolivian border control - both immigration and Aduana/Sunat, it was not simple and easy. We are from the US and had uploaded our visa documents before arriving, had been issued numbers for ourselves and our truck - however, this was not accepted at the border. You must have 2 paper copies of EACH document and must have at least one night hotel reservation in Bolivia in order to enter. You must also have a passport photo in order to obtain a US Bolivian visa. Unfortunately, while we were back in the small pueblo getting our documents, the Peruvian computer system went down and we were sent on a wild goose chase back and forth between the old border crossing, which is still open for foot traffic, and the new one. After more than 7 hours, with the computers still down, an officer phoned his boss and got special permission to stamp our exit from Peru. We would encourage US citizens to get Bolivian visas before heading to the border.

September 10th, 2018 Hostel Las Mercedes

We spent two nights here. It has really clean bathrooms with hot showers, toilet paper and paper towels!! The people are friendly, the site has parking for 4 to 6 rigs - be sure to call ahead with the WhatsApp number listed in other posts to make sure there is room. Pull up to the blue gate and ring the bell, they will open the door for you. We did our laundry - same day service for 39 soles. It was easy and cheap to take a taxi to the central square for sightseeing and dinner, leaving our truck in a safe, locked, gated grassy area. Great WiFi in the camping area and inside in the cozy hangout space. Highly recommend if you are visiting Arequipa!

Also note that if you are traveling from Arequipa to Lake Titicaca, take the shortcut shown on maps.me in order to bypass Juliaca. The road is less traveled, but a very good, dirt road through small farming communities. It doesn’t look like a through road, but it is and saves at least an hour driving time.

September 7th, 2018 Parking infront Kangaroo Kite

Great free camping spot! Be sure to arrive before 6 PM to catch the surf school crowd before they leave for the night. If you arrive late, be sure to ask at the hotel next to the gate to have the gate opened. Very welcoming, clean bathroom, no showers, small restaurant for food and drinks. Quiet night and peaceful morning. This is the off season, so it did not start to have clients until mid morning. Woke up to pelicans and flamingos on the shore. Awesome people, good spot, highly recommend.

August 31st, 2018 EcoRuralPeru

We spent two good nights here for 20 soles per car, per night. Ricardo is terrific! There was plenty of very good parking on nice green grass, good hot shower and clean bathrooms. Laundry is available - make sure you ask. Water for refilling our tanks, electricity if you need to plug in, helpful information about the area, easy taxi access to the center market. Everything about this stay was perfect.