Date Place Comment
October 24th, 2015 Papagayo Hotel

$25 per person for a camping!!! Sounds like a joke...

October 23rd, 2015 Hotel Joshed Imperial

Clean and quiet mid-range hotel. $25 for a single, $45 for a double room including breakfast. Possible to stay with pets in the room
(after a bit of convincing). Has a private, gated parking.

October 23rd, 2015 Chimborazo viewpoint

Dirt track with great views of Chimborazo. Turn off is not well visible from the paved road. If you miss it go through the nearby village.

October 23rd, 2015 Hosteria Cabanas del Valle

$5 pp in the car on the parking, $25 in single room, $35 double room. Pool, wifi, restaurant. Dog only outside/in the car. $3 for breakfast.

October 16th, 2015 La Posada Del Arte

Great Filete Mignon! Best thing we've eaten so far in Ecuador! Tasty vino de casa and reasonable prices.

If you want to feel like back in US/Europe and eat good definiteley go!

October 16th, 2015 La Posada del Abuelo (Hostel/Camping Sabina)

Good place to stay close to the center (800 m from main square), thermal pools (1 minute walk) and to meet fellow overlanders (when we were there, there were 3 more cars). Pet friendly. The only drawback could be a rather slow wi-fi and lack of wi-fi reception in the camping area.

$3 per person (camping), $10 pp (room), $12 pp (room + breakfast).

October 15th, 2015 Hotel Tampa Bay

Nice and clean single rooms for $25, double for $35. With wifi (slow) and A/C.

No parking, but one block further away there is a secure overnight parking for $1.5.

Can stay with a pet, bit bigger dogs should be kept for the night in a designated area. We didn't know that and kept Django in the room.

Street noise can be a problem. It dies around 9 pmand resumes around 7 am. No rooms immune to that problem.

October 11th, 2015 La Bicok Ecolodge - Camping

Beautiful and overlander friendly place. Modern, open and tasteful architecture.

Mid-October cabanas/room were not ready yet, but the owners allowed us to use a single, half-finished room. Swiming pool and the restaurant were already finished.

The radio-powered Internet connection might not work during/after heavy rains.

Pet friendly.

$7 per person (sleeping in the rig), $28 pp in rooms (when finished).

October 11th, 2015 Pahuma Orchid Reserve

An utter mistake! Waste of time and money. The "botanical garden", which was supposed to host 300 species of orichid, looked neglected, disease-ridden and overgrown with parasites. We failed to notice even a single orchid flower, apart from a one next to the highway.

An old man, who said he was the owner, was unfriendly and didn't allow us to enter with a dog as he was afraid he might pee inside the rundown "garden".

Do yourself a favour and spend your $5 (per person) somewhere else.

October 6th, 2015 Wet spot by a riverside

A flat spot just off the road, where two rivers confluence. Thanks to their hum there is almost no street noise. Thus it is quiet and calm.

Looks like a place where river stones and sand are loaded on trucks.

Probably possible to camp in a tent after finding a dry spot as most of the flat terrain is wet or slightly muddy. No problem for rigs though, even big ones.

October 5th, 2015 Corralito de Piedra

Love-hotel for people with means of transport, but without a place to satisfy their urges. Offers cell-like "rooms" with fan, electricity and a shower. Beds are surprisingly flat.It is clean, but all rooms have a rather unpleasent smell.

Although next to the highway, it is quiet (at least when there are no other "guests" as when they show up the owners start to play ranchero), thus it seems a better alternative than hotels inside the town.

No problems with pets or cooking on the parking.

Price: 20 000 COP per room.

Oh, last but not least: you get the first condom FREE.

October 4th, 2015 Small meadow

A small meadow with a stream at the end of a dirt track 2 km from the highway 45. Good emergency place to spend a night. There is a small natural pool with cold water, but we didnt use it. Probably from time to time locals gather here as there are some trash and remainings of a few bone fires.

Off the highway 45 we took a dirt track on a turn and than a first turn right. The meadow ia at the end of the road.

The place is overrun by hordes of ants, but is quiet and peaceful. Good for sleeping, but not fot staying longer.

October 3rd, 2015 Laberinto El Cusco

Stayed there at Saturday and can´t say we enjoyed it as it was painfuly loud. There was traffic (motorbikes, 3 big buses, some trucks) until 10 PM and three families from Bogota, which went to sleep around midnight only to resume shouting at 6 AM.

Our advice: go there only during weekdays and if you´re desperate for hotish water and toilets, otherwise wild camp at the desert.

Paid 5000 COP per person.

December 31st, 1999 Roadside with waterfalls views

There are two or three other places nearby where you can park for the night and enjoy the views. When we were there the village was deserted, all hospedajes and restaurants closed and no restrooms in sight. Cascadas are okay, but not worth a huge detour. If coming from Lima note that approach from San Mateo/Chicla is a 5-6h (100 miles) long drive on dirt tracks.