Pongo Bus Shelter | Informal Campsite

Bolivia

Details

Verified:
6 months ago
Altitude:
3580.0 masl
Website:

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Yes
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Unknown

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Description

I was on a solo bike tour from Ecuador to Ushuaia. On today’s ride I saw no formal accommodation. At my destination, Pongo, I was given permission by a friendly lady, Lucy to camp in the open soccer field 30 m below her tienda (no bathrooms but lots of bushes), or inside the covered bus shelter next to her tienda. I chose the latter, as it was threatening rain. The shelter had a roof and 4 walls, with an open doorway. It was 2 x 3 m inside. It was large enough of my 2-person tent and two bikes. Log seat on long side.

This was a good camp spot. Pros: I had shelter from the wind and rain, and a seat inside on a log. I could lock my rear wheel to a pole inside the hut. I found a square 0.7 m long brick chimney outside, which I rolled inside and used as a table for my laptop. There was a secluded wooded area on the north side for a potty hole. There was a water faucet on N. side of school, 10m from Lucy's tienda. See photo. There were 2 small tiendas nearby (bread, UHT milk, junk food). Cons: it was fairly busy from early morning to late evening. Many buses and trucks stopped by. No bathrooms.

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Still here and as described. It is bus shelter on the side of the road though so if possible I’d avoid in favour of quieter spots.
Fine for a night though, friendly folk about seemed completely unsurprised by me camping inside.

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I was on a solo bike tour from Ecuador to Ushuaia. On today’s ride I saw no formal accommodation. At my destination, Pongo, I was given permission by a friendly lady, Lucy to camp in the open soccer field 30 m below her tienda (no bathrooms but lots of bushes), or inside the covered bus shelter next to her tienda. I chose the latter, as it was threatening rain. The shelter had a roof and 4 walls, with an open doorway. It was 2 x 3 m inside. It was large enough of my 2-person tent and two bikes. Log seat on long side.

This was a good camp spot. Pros: I had shelter from the wind and rain, and a seat inside on a log. I could lock my rear wheel to a pole inside the hut. I found a square 0.7 m long brick chimney outside, which I rolled inside and used as a table for my laptop. There was a secluded wooded area on the north side for a potty hole. There was a water faucet on N. side of school, 10m from Lucy's tienda. See photo. There were 2 small tiendas nearby (bread, UHT milk, junk food). Cons: it was fairly busy from early morning to late evening. Many buses and trucks stopped by. No bathrooms.

For more details see Day 164 of my blog "Cycling from Ecuador to Ushuaia -2019/20".

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