Parking lot at the Centro Cultural y Deportivo | Informal Campsite

Guatemala

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26 days ago
Altitude:
109.8 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
panchosway2015

Amenities

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

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It's a huge parking lot. No car as we stayed here. There is a police station (and nothing more) so we asked if we could stay. No problem so we parked directly in front of the guard house.
The parking lot of the big shopping mall nearby closes at 1am. So we had no chance there. One walks in less than 10 minutes to Flores and for a Saturday night it's now super quiet. We stayed in Santa Elena because our rig weights 8 tons. We saw a little sign at the traffic lights where you would pull in to cross the bridge saying 3,500 kg max. We are slightly over that ;)

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Big parking lot where you have a nice view on the lake. Pretty quiet, nice wake up with the sound of the birds and had the visit of a pig eating the trash!

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Large free parking with access to the lake but I won’t swim here. Felt safe. Can be noisy as it’s next to a landing strip for planes and helicopters.
15 minutes walk to the beautiful town of Flores. I recommend to go at sunset!

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We stayed here 3 nights and was very quiet we even inflated our kayak and used it at the lake access at the end of the parking lot police were super friendly and told us our van is safe and secure if we want to walk to the island.

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We stood here for 3 nights, ideal for exploring Flores, in walking distance.Laundry about 300m away
and for visitTikal 60km. Quite during the night until 7am, then the airplanes start from the appropiate airport. Felt very safe.

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very good and secure place!! super to go to the Island per foto, 10 min.
talk with the Police men, very frendley!!

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We spent 2 nights in this public parking lot. Ideal for exploring the small island of Flores on foot. Minibuse and larger vehicles are not allowed on the island and it is also not recommended because the streets are narrow and there are only a few parking spaces.
This parking lot is usually empty, in the evening a few dogs and children who play. But the parking lot is directly under the approach path of the international airport. About 10 planes a day that fly very low and therefore very loudly over you. It didn't bother us, but if you are sensitive to noise, it may not be the place for you.

IG: compasschronicle

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Nice place to stay ! Safe and quiet at night. Much better than spots in Isla Flores. Beautiful view on the lake and nice sunset. Police station next to it. We stayed 2 nights, we recommend !

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Ok for one night, it is pretty quiet but it's still a parking lot. Nice sunrise on the lake.

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Good place for the night, near Flores Island. A lot of place for any size of rig.

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Nice, free and safe, perfect place to spend the night (there is a police station just in front of the parking).

Youtube/IG "Objectif_Ushuaia"

Fr :

Super endroit pour passer la nuit. Très sécurisé comme vous êtes en face du poste de police et gratuit !

Youtube/IG "Objectif_Ushuaia"

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Stayed one night to visit Flores.
It’s in walking distance around 15min. Night was quite and good. Only if you get close to the fence, the dogs are going to be angry and loud.

If you have any questions:
IG: freetgoesworld

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We spent two nights here, right on the lake. There is a police station next door. A good place to walk to Flores.

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Nice parking lot with a view on the lake
Spend one night here. Quite quiet during the week and feel very safe as there is the police station next to the parking lot.
We let our camper here during the day to visit Flores which is so cute.
You can buy SIM card and do some grocery at the mall.
We went by foot to bring our laundry too.
4G claro and tigo
IG: on.vagabonde

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Stayed here for 2 nights. Very quiet. A few Locals the day over. Everyone is friendly.
Partly flooded at the moment in the far side to the lake (must have rained a ton in the last weeks). Everything is in walking distance around.
Remember to bring your passport if you head to the mall to get a SIM-Card 😄

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large clean parking lot, safe - asked if we could stay overnight - friendly police ladies had no objections. Quiet apart from the fact that the airport is quite close but there was only 1 plane landing in the evening.

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Swimming pool is open! 2 for small children and one bigger one by the waterslide. They made a great effort renovating the place. Showers and toilets are working.
Everything is newly painted. There is also a playground, 2 basketball fields and a sports area and everything is free!

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parking, restaurante near, no noise good for sleep

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Stayed here four nights. Fund overlander community and friendly locals. Safe, free and close to everything.

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Good and safe place for the night. 10.minutes walk to the island and close to the mall and other shops or restaurants. Police has an office by the sports club nearby. Felt safe and enjoyed also the lake nearby. Free.

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Great spot. Free. Very safe with the police station right there and you are right on the water. Walking distance to Flores island and groceries. You can also get a SIM card and airtime at the nearby Claro store. If you want third party liability insurance, that is available at Seguro Todo Riesgo. See the post for that nearby on IOverlander. Great first stop in Guatemala.

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Perfect for big rigs. Stayed four nights, parked on the very edge of the lake.
Close to supermarkets, ATMs, Flores island
Recommended. Free

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Great place to park overnight when visiting Flores. Families park here in the evening when it’s cool to exercise and let their kids bike around. Quiet and safe at night. Spent two nights here. Unsure about the bathroom/shower facilities because we didn’t ask. But the gate was locked most of the time.

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Good parking lot to stay overnight more overlanders here. Toilets are from the pool, but no running water. Only buckets to flush

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Great spot, safe and quiet, showers and toilet are clean but no water so you need to use the drum filled with water as you enter to flush.
We took a bucket and just used the cubicals to shower.

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Parked out front of the police station in the empty parking lot, inside a fence in front of the lake. Quiet & safe.

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Great spot with water! The guard very friendly, near to flores island

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Cómo dice la descripción aún se puede dormir gratis. Visitamos otros puntos overlander alrededor y éste es el más cómodo y muy silencioso, lo único que no hay duchas, los baños están sucios y la piscina no tiene agua. Sólo es un buen lugar para pasar la noche seguro por estar al lado de la estación de policía.

As the description says you can still sleep for free. We visited other overlander points around and this is the most comfortable and very quiet, the only thing is that there are no showers, the bathrooms are dirty and the pool cannot be used. Just a good place to spend the night safe by being next to the police station.

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Quiet parking lot by the lake, right beside the sports Center and a police station. Policemen were very friendly. Restrooms and showers right by the municipal swimming pool, but not running water when we were there, so very dirty and smelly. No charge. Plane landing at the airport nearby in the morning. Very quiet and felt safe.

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Huge parking totally empty. Night very calm to a few aircraft at the beginning of the evening. Guards of the very cultural cultural center, very good welcome. No convenience. Safe and Free.

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Good site for hammocks too, we wera able to put them inside the park well guarded by the police. The pool is still free but there were no water for the showers

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Spend a week here... the piscina beside is Ok and free to use. Other side is a big gravel Gras place... we decided for the concrete parking. No one hangs around here... Policia municipal .... two supermarket just round the corner, etc.

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Quiet with occasional airplane landing overhead. Free pool and broken showers. Well water available. Police station helps to feel safe.

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Asked the guard if we could park here (and stay overnight) since our rig is to big to go to Flores. He had to ask his supervisor. Came back and asked us to park in front of the guard shack, but in the middle aisle. They were also adamant that they were not responsible for anything.

Guard was very helpful in suggesting things to see in the area.

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Good Place to stay. Talked to the Security guard who said we should park directly infront of his house so he can watch our car during the night. Felt very safe and a 10 min walk to flores.

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We asked the police and it was ok to stay. A few airplanes in the morning.

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Great place to see Flores. Speak to the guys working there to check todo bien but they were happy just said not to park to close to the lake due to alligators! We walked to Flores from here, actually parked and slept right by the booth. FYI it is guarded all night and even let me use the loos at 12:30 as I was desperate and nowhere else was open! Free

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Great place to visit Flores !
You can easily go by walk.

Nice people around.

Only thing... can be very noisy with few planes and helicopters (a day... at night too).

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Very safe and good place to park in Flores. Our motorhome is top big to go into the Island, so we spend 2 nights here.

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Estuvimos 4 noches en este lugar. Gratis y seguro Es muy cerca de un mall y de la isla.
We stayed 4 nights in this place. Free and safe It is very close to a mall and the island.

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Very quit and safe before the police station. In the morning there is a bit noise when they change shifts.

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Sylvia und Paul: No problem to stay overnight. Disco till 2 o'clock in the morning on the police area. Plane entry to the nearby airport. Don't vorher your earplugs!

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Perfectly quiet at night, large and well lit concrete parking lot right next to traffic police station, about 10min walk from Flores. 5min walk to mall (restrooms, supermarket).
Got noisy around 7 a.m. due to traffic and some religious shout and sing event at the convention centre. Free.

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It's a huge parking lot. No car as we stayed here. There is a police station (and nothing more) so we asked if we could stay. No problem so we parked directly in front of the guard house.
The parking lot of the big shopping mall nearby closes at 1am. So we had no chance there. One walks in less than 10 minutes to Flores and for a Saturday night it's now super quiet. We stayed in Santa Elena because our rig weights 8 tons. We saw a little sign at the traffic lights where you would pull in to cross the bridge saying 3,500 kg max. We are slightly over that ;)

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