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When? Who? Comment Place Location
January 1st, 2011 abenteuertour.de

The thermal springs of Caldera would have been our destination, but the last 500 meters were impassable (too high rocky steps for our car). The dirt road to other hot springs was not passable neither because of mud. We spent a very quet night at the banks of the Rio Chiriqui.

On the banks of Rio Chiriquí 8.654820, -82.341700
January 1st, 2011 abenteuertour.de

The last two hundred meters of the gravel road to the entrance of the the park are very bad and steep. We were allowed to stay on the small parking lot to the left of the entrance for the night. At 7am it got loud because many campesinos passed by on their way to work.

Osteingang 8.796960, -82.490970
January 1st, 2011 abenteuertour.de

We camped right between two long rows of palapas. Great view of the ocean. Unfortunately, a lot of garbage. Certainly very busy on weekends. You can spend hours walking along the long and beautiful, dark beach.

Nelly's Beach Bar 8.167280, -81.861600
January 1st, 2011 abenteuertour.de

Trailer Park under American management. Electricity / water / sewer at site. Very well maintained resort with motel. Great sports bar with an attractive prices. Pool, common area with Palapa. Free WIFI. Clean toilets, unfortunately only outdoor showers. Good base to prepare your car for the shipping to Colombia.

(Originally $ 20 / day, but negotiable for several days)

XS Trailerpark Santa Clara 8.388470, -80.110960
January 1st, 2011 abenteuertour.de

We camped on the road side at the yacht club with fellow overlanders. We could use the facilities of the yacht club for free (down to the jetty, right in front of the pier to the left). From outside the toilets look rather scruffy, but they are clean and the showers have hot water. Room with washing machines (US $ 0.50 / machine - hot water) and dryer (0.75 US $ / machine). Free WIFI in the restaurant of the Yacht Club. Good prices in the restaurant. Taxi to the Miraflores Locks costs US $ 8 from here.

Informal campsite- Balboa 8.939710, -79.553840
January 1st, 2011 abenteuertour.de

Located in El Cangrejo district this hotel is ideal to spend the time between shipping and flight to Colombia. Centrally located just two blocks from the Via Espana Rey and a large supermarket. Rooftop pool, clean rooms with balcony, TV, fridge, free WIFI, decent breakfast, free safety deposit box at the front desk ($ 120 key deposit). Taxis to the Miraflores Locks cost of US $ 12 from here, $ 23 to the airport. For the ride with the Metro buses you have to buy a rechargeable card, which can then be charged in a prepaid procedure for US $ 2. A ticket for the entire city costs 0.25 US $ / person. It is sufficient to buy one prepaid card for two people.

(Breakfast included. Booked via http://www.booking.com)

Hotel El Parador 8.987190, -79.526590
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

central , but expensive (don’t recall price): large parking lot east of the Hijaz train station (west of the medina, next to Syrian Telecom).

Parking Hijaz 33.510704, 36.297417
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Parking next to the Citadel walls, quiet, central, security guard around, nice view. WC during opening hours inside Citadel

Parking Citadel Walls 31.954456, 35.937411
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Parking area just south of Amman Tourist Beach, on the Dead Sea Highway, nice view across the water to the West Bank, sometimes police patrol.

Parking Amman Beach 31.695679, 35.582405
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

accessible via tarmac: parking lot behind the Rest House in Rum village (shower/WC, free, not too scenic).

Rest House 29.577955, 35.419739
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

accessible via sand (4wd only): Sunset Point, inside the Wadi, access from Rum village, after the mountain range turn left 90°.

Sunset Point 29.539402, 35.436047
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

10km before Saudi border, parking area/open space close to the beach, next to Barracuda Hotel (shower/WC for EUR 0.25), wifi at the hotel.

Beach parking area 29.447390, 34.970650
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Parking lot right on the shore, next to a modern shaped hotel complex. The only road access to the sea on a 60km stretch. Access from main coastal road west of big hotel.

Parking lot at shore 36.688011, 51.395631
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Empty fields right behind the beach, next to a small factory. Access: East of Bandar-e-Taheri the motorway reaches the sea front. Right here you turn right, direction Siraf. After 50m turn left towards the sea. Wifi at the factory next door.

Empty fields 27.652609, 52.361645
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Empty lots behind the little beach boulevard, in front of a newly built housing area. The track in front of the beach boulevard gets flooded during high tide. WC in little park.

Empty lots 27.157684, 56.233113
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Truck Stop a few kilometres north of Pano Aqil, northbound. Large parking area (no shade), 24h full service, but no petrol (diesel only), very warm welcome.

Truck parking 27.903977, 69.164633
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

On the premises of Lahore Cathedral. Hostel available, too ("Hilda's Hostel"). Next to an elementary school but quiet and central, donation expected. WC in hostel, nice manager, no access for Muslims. Access from Mall Road (going westbound, enter by the big gate to Cathedral Church of the Resurrection), opposite High Court.

Lahore Cathedral 31.565304, 74.316882
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Next to the PTDC-Hotel, inside the customs area, free, safe, quiet. WC in hotel/restaurant next door during opening hours.

Customs area 31.603873, 74.569675
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Mrs. Bandhari's Guest House, listed in every guide book. Idyllic gardens, pool, spotless, WC/showers, quiet, safe, good and expensive restaurant, fresh meat, EUR 3/night. In cantonment, about 3km NW of city centre.

Mrs. Bandhari's Guest House 31.641784, 74.849113
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Nehru Park, parking (EUR 1.50/night) at the north western side of the park, opposite the Pakistani embassy. WC/shower until 11pm (small charge).

Nehru Park parking 28.593867, 77.192886
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

I was at the Outram Hotel, but in the side streets around it you can stay in your vehicle, too. Rats, homeless, security guards around. Parking fees are negotiable. Noisy ACs at night, many students during daytime. Access: financial district, between Churchgate and Victoria Terminus, near the Dutch consulate, one block east of Bombay Gymkhana Grounds (sports grounds and Park).

Parking outside Outram Hotel 18.936505, 72.832001
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Parking lot beside the panoramic road, about one kilometre before Arthur's Seat view point, cool climate thanks to high altitude, great views.

Parking lot 17.974085, 73.638766
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Open area beneath palm trees at the southern end of the bay, a bit out of the village. Many overlanders in winter. Little shade, right behind the beach. In Agonda village there are good restaurants, internet cafés, laundry service, shops. Toilets/showers at some beach front restaurants. Wild boar around, falling coconuts. On Sundays locals arrive for party and picnic (leaving rubbish).

Agonda Beach, Goa CLOSED 15.030831, 73.990656
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Right behind the beach on a barren peninsula, a few fishermens’ huts nearby. Quiet, no shade, fine sandy beach. The last metres to the beach are a dead end. No turning point.

Peninsula beach 14.282106, 74.426099
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Parking of Surya Hotel (in cantonment, NW of city centre), about EUR 3/night, pool charged extra. Entrance gate might be narrow for trucks.

Surya Hotel 25.339391, 82.979870
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Grassy area next to an elementary school (curious kids) underneath huge shady trees, cool climate, at about 900m of altitude, between some farm houses (very respectful and welcoming people). Access: On Siddharta Highway (Butwal-Pokhara, H-10) about 10km south of Tansen/Palpa turn left (track) into the valley. After 200m, on other side of valley, turn right. Then another 200m. Access track might get flooded. For trucks maybe narrow. Nice hiking nearby.

Elementary School 27.829465, 83.537443
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Pame Overlander Camping, Pame Bazar, about 7km west of Pokhara, at the western end of Phewa lake. EUR 1/night, quiet, no shade, frequent power and water cuts, quite run down, bad access track. Shops and restaurants nearby, hourly bus to Pokhara takes 50min. Rats around.

Overlander Camping Pame Bazar, Pokhara Nepal 28.235988, 83.906418
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Next to the Tundikhel (parading square), fantastic view (weather permitting) to the Himalayas. Access via winding road (toll). For trucks very narrow, no turning point after Prithvi Highway turnoff (at Dumre).

Tundikhel 27.942088, 84.405344
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

airport parking lot (in front of domestic terminal), EUR 2/night, quiet at night.

Airport parking 27.703430, 85.357890
January 1st, 2011 Fabian Pickel

Janashakti Auto Workshop, Satdobato, at the Ring Road’s southernmost point, opposite the Swimming Pool Complex. Welcoming owner, routinely helping overlanders. Parking charges apply, WC, shower, wifi. Rats around.

Janashakti Auto Workshop 27.662130, 85.327850