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Date Place Comment
December 24th, 2017 Terpel/ Al Toque gas station with showers

Brand new Terpel gas station twith a small cafeteria, shop, WiFi, super clean toilets and very nice and convenient showers (for 2000 pp). Great for a short stop after some nights of wild camping ;-) enter the Altoque shop for all the facilities.

December 8th, 2017 Bad road

We drove about 6 km on this road, coming from riosucio, when a local told us that we can not continue all the way to Jardín due to a landslide. We turned around, so did not see how bad it was and don’t know when it will be fixed. Better to ask someone if you are gonna drive this road :)

September 22nd, 2017 EcoRuralPeru

Ricardo is absolutely one of the best hosts we have had so far, we felt super welcome and he made us feel at home :) he speaks English too and introduced his whole family to us (his 2 oldest daughters like to practice their English ;)) in the future they will open their house (they will move to another place) for overlanders as well, so there will be a kitchen and shower available. Great place to stay and easy to get to the center. We parked our car in his garage, so we could easily use the toilet.

We uploaded a printscreen of google street view for the directions, as we (too) couldn't find the place. The coordinates in the previous post don't seem to be correct either. Just drive towards the airport, coming from the centre, and when the road splits, take the right lane. Follow the road down to hotel tartar and continue straight onto the dirt road (between the two brick walls) until you drive right onto his hacienda.

September 20th, 2017 Flat spot next to small road

We turned into this small road (dead end with tiny villages further down) and found a flat spot for 1-2 vehicles. No traffic, and good spot for a quick stop. The road is pretty rough but we didn't use our 4x4. High clearance is needed. You can see the N3 highway from the spot but as it is far away and the spot a bit higher we presumed no one could see us in the dark.

September 19th, 2017 Shortcut between Cachicadan and Huamachuco

Shortcut between Cachicadan and Huamachuco is under construction. We drove up till this point (from the south) and this part was already in good condition. As we had to wait for the workers to finish their job for over 30 minutes and it was already late afternoon we decided to turn around a find a place to sleep. But it is possible to drive the road; you'll only have to wait a few times. Don't know when the road will be finished but it will be a good alternative to the detour on the 3N.

September 3rd, 2017 Laguna Wilcacocha

Absolutely stunning place for wild camping. The road is challenging but doable, took us 30 minutes to go up and 45 to go down the next day. Not for big rigs indeed as the road is very narrow at some places. We enjoyed the bumpy drive! Few houses around the lake, and day hikers during the day. Small lake and Great view on the cordillera!

September 3rd, 2017 Road block

Road is open and in good condition. Took us about an hour from Huaraz to the parking lot in Pitec.

September 3rd, 2017 Road to lake Churup closed

Road is open again :) we took the one with serpentines. Dirt road is in good condition and took us about 45-60 minutes from Huaraz.

September 3rd, 2017 piedras azules hotel

We followed the clear signs along the road to the campsite, going through narrow streets (might be a problem for big rigs) to a place that we would not call 'coolest hostel in town' or a 'unique experience'. The gate was hardly accessible (and we have a small 4x4), you indeed have a view of the city but that includes the river and campsite full of trash. The site looks like it still has to be cleaned and renovated. I am not sure how to describe the place, but I added some photos. To us it was the exact opposite of what is described in the first review (written by the owner I guess).

September 3rd, 2017 The Way Inn, Huaraz

The place looks beautiful but unfortunately overlanders are not allowed to stay here anymore.

September 1st, 2017 Good Year Technillantas

Really helpful and friendly staff! Our car made some strange noises and they immediately helped us, gave good advice with several repair-options (different prices) and well priced. They probably spent about 4 hours trying to find and solve the problem and only charged 40 soles (excluding spare parts). The spare parts had to come from Lima and he arranged that they arrived already the next day. They really made sure that the car was 100% fine again. The owner (I presume) David even gave his personal phone number in case we had any problems again. Very clean workshop and competent mechanics.

August 31st, 2017 Hotel Inca

We could camp in their nice courtyard for 25 soles. Garden full of flowers, a parrot and sheep, and nice, warm showers. Very clean and good location :) we walked the next morning to the ruinas, which was really cool as you are allowed to enter the underground tunnels! Good place to stay after the long and slow drive from the other side of the cordillera ;)

August 30th, 2017 Parque National Puya Raimondi

Stayed here for the night after the drive from the coast. Great views and sunset. Cold and windy, but quiet. The road towards the east is absolutely beautiful and you shouldn't miss it! Puya raimondii weren't blooming unfortunately at the moment. To see how much the glacier has already melted is confronting. The dirt road is in okay condition, it's a slow and sometimes bumpy drive but doable!

August 29th, 2017 Camping Albufera Medio Mundo

Good stop between Lima and Cordillera Blanca. Toilets not so clean and cold shower, but nice environment.

August 24th, 2017 Bamboo Ecolodge

Great place! We loved this place, very quiet and relaxing. Fun watching the kite surfers and even more fun the watch the flamingos 'dancing' in the water (I guess that's how they try to find food in the water ;)). Clean toilet. Take the second turn, where sign to the kangaroo kite school is.

August 23rd, 2017 Cochera

We stayed here for two nights. Might not be a perfect place as it is noisy (sand buggies are parked here) and some trash, but it was free as we booked the 2 hour sand buggy tour on the second day in the afternoon from 16:00-18:00 (30 soles per person), which was a lot of fun. You can also do the tour in the morning but you pay the same price and only go for 1 hour as there are less people interested in morning tours. We could take a shower after the sand buggy your at his hostel across the street.

July 20th, 2017 Pachanta- Trek Ausangate

We drove here with our car, without any arrangements. In Pacchanta are plenty of hostals (I believe 15 sol per person) but we preferred to sleep in our car and paid 5 Sol per person to use the bathroom of hostal José Luis. There are at least 2 shops in this tiny town, but do not count on vegetables and fruit. Make sure you stock up in Tinki. Ah and there is even a tiny restaurant! The road to Pacchanta is a good dirt road; there is only one tricky part which is pretty bumpy and rocky but the local taxis drive this road as well so I guess any car will manage. There is a nice hike to the 7 lagunas, which can also be done by horse (the horse owners will approach you soon enough to offer ;)). We paid 35 sol per horse and 35 for the guide, for a 4 hour trek. Great thing about this town is that you can enjoy the hot hot springs at the end of the day for 5 sol.

July 12th, 2017 Safe parking at police station

While we were hiking the colca canon for 3 days we could leave our car behind the black gate next to the police station. Just ask at the police and we paid 10 sol per night. When we got back we also saw the tour vans parked inside the gate. Safe place and friendly officers :)

July 9th, 2017 Pacha Confort

We stayed here two nights, 1 before and 1 after we visited Amantani. We could leave the car in the secured parking (for free). Paid 70 Sol per night for 2 persons (double room), including continental breakfast (90 for buffet breakfast). About a 20 minute walk to the center.

July 7th, 2017 Pacha Confort

We stayed here one night before and one night after we visited the Islas, meanwhile the car could stay at the hotel at the secured parking (at no cost :)). Fine hotel, we paid 70 soles for a matrimonial per night including continental breakfast. Buffet breakfast is also possible at a surcharge (i believe 90 sol total for 2 persons in matrimonial).

July 7th, 2017 Buy boat tickets - without agency/tour

If you prefer to compose your own isla tour instead of booking a preset tour, just buy the boat ticket (30 pp) at the beginning of the pier. You wont have to know in advance how many nights you want to stay on each island. These tickets are valid for a week, so you can island hop for a while :) if you want to sleep on one of the islands, you just tell the captain upon boarding and he will make sure there is a host family waiting for you in the harbor of the island. I think all the boat companies pass by the Uros islands for a stop of 1-1,5 hours, which should be enough. After that they will continue to amantani or taquile.

July 5th, 2017 Isla del Sol

Northern part of the island is still not accessible due to a conflict between the inhabitants of the northern and southern part. We booked a tour on the day itself, went to the harbor at 08:15 (boats leave at 08:30) and paid 35 Bol pp for a trip to isla de la luna and isla del sol. A local guide came aboard and it was optional to book a tour on the island itself with him (only in Spanish) for 30 Bol (we didn't). Isla de la luna was a visit of an hour (12:00-13:00), so you will be at isla del sol at 13:00. We could decide whether we wanted to take the boat back to Copacabana at 15:00 or 16:00. On isla del sol are many restaurants and a hike to the mirador (worth it :)).

July 1st, 2017 La Cupula

Lovely place with several gardens with great view and hammocks to relax in. Well equipped kitchen with free tea and (instant) coffee. Livingroom with fireplace to spend the evenings. Good wifi, at least for downloading (uploading was not really a success ;)). Friendly staff and amazing restaurant (with cheese fondue!). Secure place to park your car, although not suitable for bigger vans and rigs (said the owner).

June 29th, 2017 Cocotoni beach

Wonderful spot :) after a long and intense drive through/from La Paz this place was like paradise to us, with eucalyptus trees, right next to the lake and no one around. It's cold and a bit windy, but a campfire will keep you warm for a little longer ;) friendly old man charged us 10 Bol at the beginning of the road. We stayed 2 nights.

June 29th, 2017 Gas Station & Water

Local price plus 10 Bol per bidón:)

June 26th, 2017 Start/end Of The Death Road-

Started around 15:00 and paid 50 Bol total for 2 persons at the end (and got a receipt). Didn't pass any cyclists or locals charging extra on the way. We have for sure driven more scary and beautiful roads, but it was a nice drive anyway!

June 25th, 2017 tienda de productos montañismo. al lado hay más tiendas de montañismo

Plenty of camping and hiking shops in this street. Finally managed to find a camping chair, trekking poles and gas cooker, yeaah!

June 22nd, 2017 Colibri Camping

Great place and indeed probably one of the most beautiful sites we have stayed. Agree it's not great for overlanders sleeping in their car, but since we were the only overlanders there was enough space and we managed to level the car pretty easily. Great views, super friendly staff (very helpful and offered coca tea) and perfect location if you don't feel like staying/driving in the city.

June 21st, 2017 El Molino

About 2,2 km from town is hotel El Molino. Basic rooms and a large (level) campground (though it's not actually a camping ;)). Friendly owners, 50 Bol per person including breakfast. We could use the bathroom of one of the hotel rooms, and slept in the car.

June 21st, 2017 Tarata

We were told that we could only fill a maximum of 20 L in a bidón. Paid local price and filled twice. She needs a copy of your passport (we used both our passports and paid twice) and keeps it.


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