Jardin Botanico 'Helia Bravo Hollis' | Established Campground

Mexico

Details

Verified:
about 2 months ago
Altitude:
1431.0 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Contributor:
pawsontour.com

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Cold
Water:
Non-Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
No

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Description

An oasis of calm after the route between the Popocatepetl and Tehuacan, which was not really beautifully landscaped, one industry after another. Parking space in the middle of cactus forest, toilet and cold shower are located in the cabanas 50 feet below. 95 peso per person entry fee plus 100 pesos per person / night. Tight entry would be difficult for long rigs.
Dogs are not very welcome, but allowed.

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We paid 120pP to camp. Place is very beautiful and quiet if it was not for the extremely inhospitable guard, that wouldn't even let us use the shade of an empty pergola to just sit and read. Infact it was very hot and none of the pitches had any shade, and I don’t understand how one can refuse a shade when nobody else is around!!
So we decided not to stay another night and also skipped the planned tour.

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Everything as described, just wanted to add the opening times. The gates are open from 9am to 6pm. Someone already mentioned you should arrive before 6pm. We wanted to leave early in the morning but the gate was still closed. Now we know, haha.

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Now it’s 150mx per person! Expenses but not many options around here. The other campground south of town was locked up.

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We paid 20PpP entry and 100PpP for Camping, there was never any mention of a guide for anything. If you wanna use a drone, ask the friendly ranger at the entrance. Spots are down the road short before the parking, not very levelled. Nice area, very quiet, beside the no muffler guys on the mainroad.

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Entry fee 95p per person. Overnight parking 100p per person. Required guide is extra. They don't suggest an amount but they say the guides make all of their income from tips. The gas station guy said it's prettiest here in June when it is green. We decided not to stay. It is 18km off the main road. Curvy, narrow road is recently paved.

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100 pesos per person per night for camping with a tent.
They don't let you go without guides to any of the sorrounding mountains and attractions, they say for your own security but then they tried to sell us a permit to go by ourselves (150 pesos per person per day), so I guess at the end is all more about the money than about security.
If you have a bit of experience in hiking you can definitely climb everything without needing any guides.

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Very good place to spend the night. Quiet and with a beautiful landscape. 100 pesos per person. The last 800 meters is an unpaved road. It has bathrooms and showers. Not very clean. Jesus a good host.

Muy buen sitio para pasar la noche. Silencioso y con un bonito paisaje. 100 pesos por persona. Los ultimos 800 metros es carretera sin asfaltar. Tiene baños y duchas. No muy limpios. Jesus un buen anfitrion.

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We've been here twice now, each for one night, everything as described before,
we have a dog with us,
I asked at the entrance if it was allowed, the answer was, "is your dog dangerous? no problem :-)"
we were asked at the campsite to keep the dog on a leash,
so I am changing the description to pet friendly

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Wow! Such a beautiful place ! It felt good to be back in nature after we visited some cities. There are several spots along the road where you can park or completely at the bottom which is more like a parking spot.

You can walk around the park and discover lots of different plants and cacti (i reccomend you do)

Showers were hot (solar heated) but toilet are gross.

Price still 100$/perso

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amazing place, 100PpP, worth every penny, huge area, nice views, some mosquitos, Toilette, cold shower, waste bins, big rig friendly, 90PpP if you like a guided walk, quite place, one of the bests sides in mexico so far

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We spend a very quiet and peaceful night here. Yes, the caretaker is a bit grumpy - but I think he has a bit of a speech impairment and comes across more ill-tempered than he actually is. After he directed us to our spot we didn't see him again and since we were the only ones camping, we had a very quiet night. Access was fine with our big rig (9m long, 3.65m high)

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Not recomendable, neither showers nor toilets are working. Therefore 90 pesos are way to much. Also the stuff is just friendly to people renting a casita, Campers are people 2. class.
The place itself is wonderful, I enjoyed watching the stars.

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Slept there the night. 100 pesos / person to camp. Pretty relax spot although some people did the party all night it wasn't to bad. Toilets are horrible

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super nice spot! good and save, quite place for a night within cacti forest. renting cabanas is possible, few spots for RV’s and Van’s. owners super friendly. jessy will help you if you have a questions or need anything. facilities are a little further down from the spot, still ok walk though. not the cleanest, but doable for a night. small walking paths with view towers. had a great sleep.

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Came here again after about a year. Price still the same 100 pesos per person. Staff is friendly and helpful. Good cell reception.

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Very nice place surrounded by cactus 🌵. Friendly staff clean toilets.

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A beautiful place. Very quiet and in the middle of the cactus landscape. We did a little hike here without a guide. Jessy was very friendly and looked after us.

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The spot is beautiful with a crazy view BUT I don't recommend the place.
We are 2 friend families with children with 2 rv, the guard bothered us all evening. First he asked us to turn off our outside light because it was bothering the 2 other campers who wanted to see the stars, while we were eating.
Then he came to see us furious because we were chatting outside (yes that's what friends do), told us that alcohol was forbidden (we were having a digestive after the meal, no more) and asked us to go to bed.
We are respectful people and we were not making any noise. So to pay 400pesos for our 2 rv to be considered as offenders, never again for us.

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Very Nice spot. 100$M/pers. Middle of cactus. Very cool place.

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Spent 2 quiet nights during the week. Nice view but the place to stay is a parking lot. During weekend, big fiesta may happen.

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Please add to top information that people should arrive earlier that 5 minutes before 18.00. We arrived 17.50 and the gates was already closed. Visited the park next day - was really nice!

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Update Dogs are allowed! Very friendly People here.

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Jardin (90p/p; guide 200p) and camping (100p/p/n) are open again. Peaceful and beautiful place. Marvelous experience to walk among the countless cacti. Very interesting walks through the botanical garden as well as the canyon.

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Great place. Very beautiful and peaceful. Loved it. Stayed two nights, 2 persons and a camper truck = 200 pesos/night.

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fantastic super quiet very huge place. Sandy Road, but perfect to drive. We paid $100 per person at the entrance botanical garden.

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We slept there for one night. 2 adults 3 kids 300 pesos. Extremely quiet. Toilets ok. Basic commodities but incredible landscape made of cactus. Kids played a lot and really liked it.

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Beautiful!!! Hot too! They even have toilet paper! The gate was closed when we got there at 6:20. But it can be opened. We met some staff on our way down. They leave at 6:00 (approximately).

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Nice level gravel place to camp. All well maintained. Toilets are clean. Walks in the middle of the cactus fields are great!

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Absolutely gorgeous place to see, walk in the small canyon, climb the numerous little viewing platforms and millions of cactus. We paid 100 pesos per person to
Overnight.

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The place is open again! It’s so beautiful and a must see! Great place to stay, 100 Pesos per person.

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This site is open again. Highly recommended! Nice landscape, nice botanical garden. Well worth a visit!
Price is 100 Pesos/Person/Night and 90 Pesos entrance fee for the botanical garden

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still closed due pandemic. we could not enter the botanical garden.

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Currently closed for the pandemic (as of Dec 2020).

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Nice campground at Jardin Botanico Helia Bravo Hollis (150 Peso p.P.) within a great cacti landscape dominated by the giant Tetetzo Cactus and with some of the strange growing Sotolinas. You can camp on a big gravel area or in some private sites near the Cabanas where you find flushing toilets and solar heated showers. Don´t miss to walk trough the botanical garden, to the canyon and to the miradores with a nice view over the canyon and the valley. If you want to see more Sotolinas, there is a great stand of old trees ca 3 km west of Zapotitlan along the road.

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A beautiful place. Now they want 300 Pesos for two people in a little camper. Without water, without shower, without electricity, without WiFi, without dump station. Just for a gravel parking lot at the street.

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beautiful spot! So amazing and quiet and lovely. The cacti are gorgeous!! Some little hikes and some pretty cool towers you can climb for a view of the arroyo. First night we paid $50 pp, second night we paid $75 pp (apparently nacionales pay $50 and they made a mistake, $75 is the extranjero price). Clean tidy bathroom and a nice shade structure you can put up a hammock in. Only a cold shower in the camping bathroom. I can’t recommend this place more — worth the detour.

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We have had two extremly quiet nights here on Whitsunday-Weekend. We liked it.

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Beautiful area, but the camp ground was closed. May be due to little traffic in this dry season.

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PETS ARE NOT WELCOME. WE HAVE A DOG AND WERE DENIED.

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Great spot, still 150pesos pp so not cheap but ok. Toilets, showers (solar, so very hot if nobody has emptied the tank yet), quiet. Went here with two cars and had a great, quite night with a BBQ.

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it's a great place around so big cactus. very quiet but no real shadow...a desert ! Don't forget your food...possible to buy water at the tienda at the reception... Cold shower and toilet paper sometime.
150$mx/ adult and 100$mx/child...a little expensive compare to the servitudes.. but it's a nice place...a lot of artisans on the village before (good prices)

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Stayed only one night, but loved the place! Really good pavement up until the entrance gate (coming from north 135D) and after that good dirt road doable in any vehicle (we drive a 21ft motorhome). Stop and pay at the reception (150 pp, dog free) and continue to the cabanas. Security present (Don Martin). Good toilets with TP. The scenery is absolutely great and there are hiking trails starting right there.

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Idem aux commentaires précédents sauf que le tarif est de $150 pesos par personne. Same description as previous but thé price is $150/person Now !

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Great place to relax for a few days. Solar shower means warm water later in the day. Guides are very informative.

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Really scenic and wonderful setting for hiking and camping. Cabins are available too, pets can be negotiated in. Paid Mx$100 for 1 person. Gate is closed when staff leaves, but apparently the chain is left just wrapped around the post, not locked. Still, better to get here before dark (don’t drive at night fellas!)

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Now 150 pesos pp. Inflation seems to be high in some places.
We love this place, in the middle of huge cactus trees.
Telcel coverage, water, shower en clean toilets.
Today 33C and no shade...
The awning was more useful than ever.
Road from Tehuacán is excellent.

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gate was closed when we showed up at 6.15pm.

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We had a nice evening here with a fire and perfect temperatures ;-) 100 Pesos per Person. Didn’t use the showers, the toilett was clean and with toiletpaper. Nice place to stay!

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pretty cool place. enjoy. solar showers, if you want hot try mid to late day.

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Nice and quiet place with clean toilets near the Cabanas. 100 Pesos per Person for a nice landscape with many cactuses.

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Very stunning surroundings with lots of cactuses. Only John Wayne is missing. Very quiet, we are here all alone.

Still 100 Pesos per Person.

Bathrooms are ok.

We love this spot.

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We arrived at 7pm and the door was open but they told us that we cannot stay because today is no security man inside. It's a nice landscape but there was no way to stay there. We had to leave and they closed the door and we had to look for another sleeping place (Pemex). We thought it was not very friendly.

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Price has increased to 100 pesos per person (apparently changed last month). No bathrooms or shower, as they were under construction, which they neglected to tell us. Had to haggle for a while and wait for them to make a series of phone calls to get a 50 peso discount due to lack of services. Cool landscape though.

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OK pour les commentaires précédents !

Un véritable petit coin de paradis au milieu de cactus impressionnants!!
Petite balades possibles dans les petits canyons et aux alentours.

Quelques jours ici sont parfaits pour se détendre!

Des guides sont disponibles pour des randos ou informations sur la faune et la flore des alentours.
Des Cabanas sont aussi en location.

Camping : WC et douche froide, 50pesos par personne en tente ou caravane.

On recommande vivement!!
Pensez à faire vos réserves avant de venir .

Julie et Julien

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It's a dream! You camp in middle of a huge cactus garden. There is 24 h security. The place ist so calm and beautyfull. Toilets and showers are ok but not more. We payed 100 pesos for one night.

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as described. Very quite after the many city camps.

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Great spot, no doubts. Blackflies at dusk.

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Ferry Quiet.
Only noise was a local guy playing his guitar by our fire for awile.
Nice!

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Nice place, fresh crisp air. $50pp.

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Nice place, fresh crisp air. $50pp.

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Great open space. Peaceful and quiet overnight stay in a fascinating environment, surrounded of millions of cacti.

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We went on the dinosaur foot print hike, and got so much more. Our guide was very knowledgeable about all the cactus, and other plant. We learned so much. Walked through a river that used to be the Atlantic oven, and was shown all the fossils. We really enjoyed our tour. 45pesos per person. That is all we paid. No "entrance to town" fee.

Sorry, I marked the wrong place for check in. This is for the San Juan Raya hike. Which we did after camping here.

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Very beautiful. Very quite with exception of nature nosies. Don't know why, but we expected more foliage plants, and it's a cactus garden. Still very cool. This is government run park, so yes they have hours that the gates are closed. Everyone was very nice. The front desk lady knew to speak slow and with simple words for us poor Spanish speakers. 100pesos for two people. Only ones here for 2 nights we stayed. We walked around and explored the area from our car for a whole day. Highly recommend. Cold shower. Toilets clean, toilet seat, toilet paper, hand soap! How rare to have them all!! When the sun is not on you it's cold in October.

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Very beautiful, nice and safe campground. Facilities are basic but good. The road to the Botanical Gardens is already very scenic (but has lots of curves) and the botanical gardens are well worth a visit. Better arrive before 6 pm, because they close at that time. If you do: They usually leave the lock open and just make it look locked. When we arrived it was really closed and we had some trouble getting in but there were lots of really nice and helpful people in the shops around who helped us and in the end someone came to open the gate. There would also be a Pemex in the village as plan B.

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The place is still there as described. Really a hidden and often missed gem. Very sweet: the caretaker gave us his phone number, just in case we needed someting during the night.

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Very nice and quiet campground in a botanical garden. M$100

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Great place, we were the only ones camping there. Decent bathroom and shower. We had a massive palapa all to ourselves. 50 pesos per person. The caretaker brought us a bucket of water to wash dishes and things.

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Showers are solar heated now which means it can be scalding hot by mid afternoon. We camped next to a huge palapa so stay was super nice. They were building a temazcal-traditional steam bath. Were told of 4 hour hikes to small ruins and volcano but didn't go. Scenic place.

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An oasis of calm after the distance between the Popocatepetl and Tehuacan was not really beautiful landscaped, one industry after another.
Parking space in the middle of cactus forest, toilet and shower (cold but with boiler heated if desired) are located in the cabanas 50 feet below. 50 pesos per person / night.

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We could camp right between the Sonoran cacti. Toilets and showers are available at the Cabanas. Great walk through the cactus garden.

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