b.chaski Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
February 7th, 2020 Egus

After crossing the border we needed to the the mechanical check and all the administrative paper for our van (colombian plate) and because of the comments we just here to ask if we could indicate us where to do it. Jose was so friendly and so helpful. He took time to show us all the place to go and even invited us for dinner and insisted that we stay to sleep at his place. We had a wonderful day and evening with him and his family.

lot of people coming to his shop/garage and he even deal with all the military vehicle of Narino region so looks like might be good.

anyway if you need any recommendations/advices for your car stop here to ask.

February 5th, 2020 Estación de servicio la granja

Arrived just before dark so we asked if we could park here to sleep. They said no problem and show us where to park the van (because lot of trucks coming at night). Toilets and cold shower (ask for the keys).
Open 24h. Bit noisy but that was ok.

February 1st, 2020 Swiss Wassi Zorritos

2nd time here and enjoyed it a lot again.
25 per car + 1 person and 10 for each person.
Wifi, hot shower, nice view on the beach. Great host, lot of other overlanders too.
Really like this place.

Noted just that only one spot as shadow and only few cars and park.

January 24th, 2020 Puerto inca

Arrived from Tacna around 5pm and tree guys from the staff welcomed us with a friendly smile. We slept in the parking lot for 10pp with use of toilets and shower and wifi. It's 30pp if you want to park just 2mts before on the beach. Nice swimming pool. They also do restaurant. The place is really nice to rest very quiet and worth doing the 4km of gravel road (good by the way - only be careful if heavy rain). Recommend to stop here !

January 23rd, 2020 Repsol petrol station

didn't not slept here but friendly staff.
In front you have the airport you can go walking (have to pay with the car) there is 3 "cajeros" from 3 different bank yo withdraw money and avoid to go in the city that is pretty caotic. BCP doesn't charge anything with N26

January 23rd, 2020 Auto Impeke

DIY : 1500 for 4 min (but almost no soap so if very dirty better to pay them to do it)
Service price for outside : From 3000 to 8000 according to the size. They did it well our car was very very dirty (mud, dust, salt) and they also cleaned the chassis.

January 23rd, 2020 Chile to Peru

For all cars : You have to complete a specific form called "declaración de pasajeros" before doing all the steps with chile and peru.
If you don't have the form just ask them they will show you where you can have it (at the red desk in the middle of the two immigration next to "banco de la nacion").
After is pretty smooth: immigration Chile - immigration peru - Tip chile out - CIT peru for the TIP and then they check your car (no fruits/veggie/cheese....)

January 23rd, 2020 Parking Lot

We were welcomed by viktor a nice old guy. It's just a big parking lot (cochera) not nice at all and check where you park because there is dog poo everywhere. The toilets and shower (cold) are not clean at all. still 20 for the car.

January 22nd, 2020 Aduana Arica/Antofagasta

Well we arrived here from Calama and they told us that we couldn't continue and had to go back and take the road along the coast through Iquique to go north because the road was flooded due to heavy rain in the mountains.
Only big truck could go through. Some small car did had crossed but they broke because apparently was 50/70cm of water but with mud and all the mud was in the radiator so was almost 30 cars stopped in the last 2 days.

Recommendation : ask before taking to road is it is ok or take directly the one along the coast to avoid to go back.

January 22nd, 2020 Aduana Stop

Easy and fast (2min) just stamped our TIP !

January 22nd, 2020 entrance to Valley de la muerte

Pretty expensive for the price only worth it if you do sandboarding.

January 22nd, 2020 Parking Lot Next To Aduana And Bathrooms

Arrived very late so decided to sleep here at 500mts from the aduana on the dirt on the left side going north. Toilets but do not know the price. A bit noisy until midnight with trucks stopping and after very quiet. Nothing nice around just a good pull over if needed

January 22nd, 2020 Tocopilla

Absolutely awful city and place to sleep we decided to continue driving until it got darks because this place was not nice at all !!!!

January 21st, 2020 atankalama hotel

We paid 40 p for a room for 4 very big and good beds. Breakfast included swimming pool and good internet. Parking just in front of the hotel not closed but with camera and very quiet neighborhood

January 21st, 2020 Great burger bar

Good but huge burguer ! Around 4000/6000 for one with fries. Drinks expensive almost the same price as the burgers

January 21st, 2020 beautiful laguna

This road is absolutely breathtaking you should stop everywhere you can to enjoy the view. Did it on a sunny day so was spectacular.

January 19th, 2020 Laguna Cejar

Way to expensive for what is it. 15000pp to swim in a not nice lagoon. Yes salty but ?! For us do not worth the price so we enter and then we left without paying and we saw it.

January 19th, 2020 Laguna Tebenquiche

Interresting Laguna in terms of information. Nice to see too but in general we were very disappointed of all the attractive in Atacama... especially the lagunas. The roads (paso de jama y sico) are absolutely breathtaking but the rest do not really worth it. Laguna Baltinache and Xhana were closed too (weird in January) for 2 weeks.

January 17th, 2020 Entrance to Valle de la Luna

If you want to visit with you car in only before 1pm for 2500pp or if you want to see the sunset too there you have to book in the morning and come back for 5.30pm for 3000pp

January 17th, 2020 Andes Nomads, Desert Camp & Lodge

Went for one night and end up staying 5 mostly because of the other travellers, we had such a good team there.
Mauricio is obviously a great person very friendly who joined us almost every night to talk to us. Rodrigo is also the best always smiling. We park under the big tree so perfect for the shadow. The swimming pool is nice but not very clean. A bit far from the city and nothing around but al least you enjoy the quiet surrounding. We really enjoyed staying here.
7000 pp.

January 16th, 2020 Franchutería - Awesome Baguettes and Sandwiches

Well for us was way to expensive for what is it. Yes is a good bread for south America but not a good one for a proper french at all. We bought 2 baguette and 1hour later we could knock someone with it or lost a teeth. Even the bread at Jumbo is better. The sandwiches were ok but almost 10 euros :0 and Don't talk about the price of the juice...
Still nice terrasse and friendly staff with good wifi.

January 14th, 2020 Immigration + Customs Chile Argentina

Smooth and easy. All well organized. They check the car and ask for fruits, vegetables...as usual. Took us 30min.

January 14th, 2020 Penelope’s Flamingo Bluffs

We had lunch here, just spectacular, would love to eat there everyday. Lot of flamingo too. We went walking but the water after lunch and could see the flamingos closer !
Just loved it. Stop everywhere you can and want the road is breathtaking

January 13th, 2020 Penelope’s Flamingo Bluffs

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -23.19495, -67.27811

January 12th, 2020 Hotel Restaurant Pastos chicos

Stop here before the border and decided to sleep at the hotel for once (because we have visit) and we paid 2500 for a room for 4. Heater and hot shower. But the shower was a disaster, the water is leaking from everywhere and the smell was awful. The hotel was full so we couldn't change (room 11). The wifi is the worst. The restaurant is not good at all.

January 12th, 2020 Salinas Grandes (Salt Flats)

Did the tour in January. Lot of people. The tour cost 400 per car to enter (no matter how many people in it). It's only 2 car for one guide, so you have to way that another car is ready to go with you. The guide go in one of the car. Only 2 stops with good explanation from the guide. Around 45min but it was interesting and we enjoyed it.

January 10th, 2020 Mirador Serranía de Hornocal

The road to go there is very good. It's unpaved but in very good condition and easy with any kind of caf or motorhome. The price is 80 per car (a bit more expensive for bus I think so maybe for big motorhome too). You drove to 4300mts. It's way more cooler there so take q jackets. The view is very beautiful and there is tiny walk to do.

January 10th, 2020 pacha manka

Well it's an okay cafe with an outside court in the middle. It's pretty expensive for the food and not that good. But we tried the Cerveza Artesanal in Happy Hour and it was good.

January 9th, 2020 Camping El Molino

Location is not correct, is just few kms before on the left coming from town. Only for tent no motorhome or van.

January 9th, 2020 El Rincon

We where looking for a campground for one night and stop here to ask and see. They wanted 150 pp. The facilities were okay but the place to park the van was on dust and with absolutely no tree or shadow anywhere. Also very very busy !