Date Place Comment
January 4th, 2016 Free showers going south

Free showers (we were told they were hot, but we had hot water only for the first 5 seconds) and toilets ment for truck drivers, but open to everyone. Next to Ruta 5 between Caldera and Copiapo.

January 4th, 2016 Playa Los Conchillas

nice area. lots of spots to chose. not windy when we were there. we were almost at the top of the hill on the right side of the cross because other places were taken by chilleans on new year holidays. still very quiet. beautiful rocks at the ocean line. worth a walk.

January 2nd, 2016 Beach North of TalTal

Nice spot despite a bit of trash.There is a tent house there but seems that nobody lives there. Small dog come at night, was friendly and didnt bark, didnt want to go away neighter, didnt look healthy so we didnt let our dog to play with him. The night was calm, beautiful colors at sunset.

December 29th, 2015 Playa Paraiso

Camped here for 3 nights, outside of the weekend. Good and quiet place. In the morning there is some action and every parking place is contested (people come to the municipiality to get their things done), so be aware of it when parking for the night. We found homless guys round the parking to be harmless. For free wifi go to Antofagasta Mall (next to the port).

December 22nd, 2015 Road barrier !

The guide costs B$450 for a group of max 6 persons. You need 2h to get from Queneta to the end of the road and 1-1.5h to reach the summit (leaving the car below the steep part at 5610m adds 30 minutes) and 20-30 minutes to descent. Great views from the top at sunrise and very easy hike. Oh, it is hard to imagine expedition vehicle, which could by-pass the iron blockade.

December 17th, 2015 Hostel Marith

We came only for the shower. What a pleasure! 15 Bs/person. No time limits! Hot and properly working with good pressure.

December 17th, 2015 Purisima Agua, Agencia Oficial

We got 20l for 15 bol. They refill all kinds of containers.

December 16th, 2015 Exel Norte Oruro

Negotiated down to 5.5Bs for gasoline when buying 120L.

December 16th, 2015 Dead end road

Dead end road close to the paved one leading to Potosi, but separated from it by a hill. Quiet and road noise free. Should be possible to tent camp, but ground is a bit rocky.

December 14th, 2015 Parking lot at flower fields, free

Right below camping Colibri ( where we couldn't stay with our dog) there is a level place surrounded by high Eucaliptus trees, which give shade for most of the day. Local people working on the nearby fields are friendly and once we came asked us for how many days we want to stay here :-)

December 11th, 2015 Next to the Titikaka!!!!

Good enough place to stay, we felt safe even though the car is easily visible from the road, which is some 30-60 away, depending where you park. Road noise is not a big issue and most of traffic seems to die after 9 pm. The view is really goos.

December 4th, 2015 Garage

Garage where you can leave your car for the night for S6. Normally they want people to leave the car keys, so that they can move them around when somebody wants to leave earlier. If you don't want to do it you'll have pick up your car earily (around 6.30 - 8) so that it won't block others. Oh, the place has neither roof nor a sign. Look for an open blue gate.

December 4th, 2015 Sol Latino

Probably the cheapest option to stay in the town. Dorm beds cost S8 and S10, there is one private room with a matrimonial bed for S20 (for the room). The place is very basic and not 100% clean. Wi-fi tends to be a bit slow, especially during the day. But... it has very friendly atmosphere and full of travellers from South America travelling on the cheap. Nearby there is a garage for S6 per night. We stayed here with our dog.

November 30th, 2015 By the lake

Just like the nearby place, but bit further away from the restaurants and inhabited homes (the shore on this side is not wild at all). It's a bit windy. I guess one could tent camp on the shore or in nearby park with large spots of levelish grass.

November 29th, 2015 By a gas station

Once again we kept driving into the night and the big gravel parking by a gas station looked like the best option. Close to the road, but not a lot of traffic (we had a peaceful night). In the morning we were woken up at 5:20 and asked to leave as during the day the parking is used by heavy machinery.

November 27th, 2015 Pitch black roadside

Emergency stop. Parked next to a house in a village on a dirt road as it was dark and we could not find anything better. 60 m from the main road to Huancuco. Little traffix noise. Toilet is available some 200m further on a gas station in the direction of Huanuco.

November 22nd, 2015 Hostel Tambo

Hard to find as there is no sign outside, so ask around. S10 for a bed, informal parking next doors for S5 per night. Pet friendly. Wifi is good, but it is hard to connect to the router.

Good atmosphere, friendly owner, a lot of pot being smoked. Free from rich 20-years old kids. Good'ol style place.

November 7th, 2015 Flatish place by a river

Between river and a dirt track, just next to corn fields. Not very clean (bit of organic waste and trash), but free and quiet. Hidden from view from a nearby bigger road. Probably it would be possible to find some space for a tent.

Nice views of Huascarans and Huandoys in the morning.

November 7th, 2015 Alpamayo

Decent and affordable place to eat. Mains between S11 and S20. Menu del dia for S7. Fast wifi.

During lunch hours popular with locals.

November 6th, 2015 Lago ParĂ³n National Park Camping

Good place! We also paid only once, S5 per person.

November 5th, 2015 By the road in a canyon

Flat place by the road, some 2 meters below its surface. There is almost no traffic so its vicinity is not an issue.

There is a primitive wood-and-stone shelter used by gold prospectors few meters nearby.

November 4th, 2015 Flat place off the road

On a turn of a dirt track, some 3km from the asphalt with nice views of surrounding mountains. Two small houses nearby, some 400m away. No traffic noise. Protected from the wind by some boulders, but not 100%. Below them some spots to pitch a tent.

November 4th, 2015 A mechanic with timing light

If you need to have ignition timing (punto de advance de motor) set go here. Price: S10.

November 3rd, 2015 Huanchaco Beach Front

Stayed one night. All good. No encounters with the police.

November 2nd, 2015 Ecolodge Manita Helmita, Lambayeque

Everything as stated below. Just one update: if you have a dog and it is a male you have to keep it inside the car as otherwise it will be attacked by on-site dogs.

Oh, and the name is "Eco-hostal" not "Ecolodge".

October 31st, 2015 Wild camping in Lobitos

We were warned by one petroleum worker not to stop on the road between Talara and Lobitos when he noticed a black coupe without number plates driving behind us. Told us that the guy inside the car is dangerous. Other than and the priecy access to the toilets at Neto's Cabanas it is a fine place.

October 29th, 2015 Cabo Blanco Beach

Good place to spend a night. Very quiet and peaceful. When we were there the village felt almost deseeted. Loved it! The ocean is mere 60 meters away and it is pretty windy.

Be advised that toilets are closed for the night and open around 9 am (price: S0.5; shower: S1).

October 29th, 2015 Aduana Control Point

Fast and friendly. Asked only for the passports and car documents.No questions about papers for our dog, which we did't have.

October 28th, 2015 Central square in the village

A piece of ground around the village square with lots of street light. Access to clean toilets and showers. Ask for senor Tigre to arrange camping. $1 pp.

Access to nearby waterfalls is another $1 pp.

There are a lot of dogs around, so if you also have one better go somewhere else as they will be barking all night long (after the villagers went to sleep there will be no one to make them quiet). Other than that it is calm.

The name of the village is 23 de Noviembre and/or Siete Cascadas.

October 26th, 2015 Techni Centro Cortez

Workshop which Pedro Villota uses. He`s the best mechanic we`ve encountered so far. Really knows his jobs and has numerous years of experience as a mechanic on racing teams (e.g. on Daytona), but sometimes might be too attached to his vision of your car's problem, so don't hesitate to stress your opinion if you have one - he'll work with you.

Last, but not least: his rates might be high. We paid $180 for having valve cover taken off to check position of timing chain, installed new alternator, greased idler pulley bearing and distributor aligned and set properly. Pricey, but then we didn't want a cheap half-wit to mess with our engine.