Beautiful scenery, and very nice family. It's cold and windy here at night, and there's no shade or shelter. It's just a few minutes to the Incan Bridge and another 5km or so to the Cerro Aconcagua trail to the mirador. A great place to stay just before crossing the border. Camping in summer only. In january only there is a restaurant.
A well maintained family run campground. There is a monkey and three very noisy parrots. All the tent sites are under rain shelters, walking distance from the Parana river where you can fish and swim. Might be a little tight for big rigs. Has WIFI. Price AR 120 per person.
There is a nice common area, but only one power outlet. If you are not sleeping in your vehicle you might be asked to park you car outside. Not a lot of space, but it is possible to fit at least three small campers. Two toilets and shower are available, and there is a common area on a roof covered terrace. WiFi, but only near the terrace. Excellent location a couple of minutes walk from the main plaza.
Great common area with wifi, power and hammocks. There is a kitchen and a fridge, the gas stove did not work when we stayed here. The bedrooms are upstairs have great views and are equipped with mosquito nets.
A beautiful lake, you can hike around it. There is a ranger at the gate from sunrise to sunset. There is a large rain shelter but you cannot pitch a tent in it due to the design. They have bathrooms but no water available.
Comment 12/2017 This place is not suitable for any type of vehicle! They let you park on the street and they charge usd 10 pppn to use the dirty bathrooms!
A small camping area is the only downside to this place. It has all the amenities we've come to appreciate, and it's only a short five minute walk into town and to the beach. Basic kitchen with a grill, although finding fresh meat in town can be difficult (except chicken). Contrary to reviews you may read online, we found management to be most helpful and friendly, and they were very upfront about pricing. Their pool is clean we, went in every day. You can have breakfast and drinks from the reception.
Rancho Santana offers camping in a country setting, plus a few small rooms if you'd rather spend your nights indoors. There is a grassy place to pitch your tents, a well-stocked kitchen and a very rustic outdoor shower. Lots of animals; cows, dogs, chickens, ducks, but it's the horses that make this place famous. The owner offers full or half-day horseback tours to the nearby nature reserve and ancient ruins. Electricity in the kitchen.
Camping no longer allowed
Caraz is a good place to spend a night if you're coming from the north via Cañon del Pato. Los Pinos has a few grassy gardens in the back of the property where you can camp. It costs an extra 5 soles per night to park in the secured lot next to the camping area. The rooms were expensive, so look elsewhere if you aren't camping. Electricity in the restaurant.
High up in the Cordillera Blanca, Llanganuco Lodge was a fantastic place to spend a few days. It got very cold at night, but the fire pit and absolutely amazing stars more than made up for it. The restaurant will serve meals upon reservation, don't show up expecting to be fed. Several trails, from 30 minutes to 6 days, start within a 15-minute walk of the lodge. Rooms are very expensive, owing to the remote location and the fact three meals are included. The food is also pricey, but very good. Electricity available in the dining room when the generator is running.
Great hostel. Basic but good and friendly staff. I can recommend the double room (S/50) on the top floor for couples - nice mountain views and reasonably quiet.
Also, great fresh bread at a little bakery shop down the road daily from 5:30pm (house no 335, I think)!
We're not sure if camping is normally allowed here, but the lady at the front office let us pitch our tents in their nice garden for a night. The showers were claimed to be hot, but Kobus couldn't get anything but cold water. Lots of birds - a parrot, a couple of owls and tons of chickens. A nice place to spend a night, and it's right on the town square. This where the archeologists working on the Chavin de Huantar ruins stay, and their workshop is on the grounds.
The only hotel we could find in Barranca with secured parking. Prices were rediculous, but it was probably the nicest place to stay in town, which isn't saying much. Barranca is pretty nasty, not a safe place to walk around at night. Wouldn't recommend coming here unless you have no other option.
There are three separate campsites in the park, we stayed at #3 which is the farthest from the entrance (stay to the left at the fork). If you're here during the winter, it will be foggy and wet. It doesn't rain much here, but the fog is thick at night. If you're lucky it will clear up and you'll have a good view of the green hills down to the coast. A very weird place place, worth a visit if you're sick of the dry, dusty desert.
The park and coastline are beautiful, but there's a big fat zero on the amenities list. We pitched our tents next to the ranger station as instructed, as close as possible to get out of the wind. Had there been better amenities (at least a toilet) we would have stayed another night and done a tour of the islands nearby.
The most popular (and only) place to camp near Cusco. It's a 20 minute downhill walk into town, and a grueling trek back up to Quinta Lala. We took a taxi up for 8S/. The covered area has a light and power outlets. The kitchen is basic, just a stove and a sink, bring your own pots, pans and plates. It's cold at night, but the fire pit helps. 12 soles per person + 12 soles for the RV. If you want to use the electricity, that's more 4 soles per day of use. Internet is inclused in the main price.
For BigRig, WeakEngine and people that don't want to drive through the very busy city with very narrow streets I recommend to take this Waypoint (it's near the PlazaVea where you can fill up your food resources):
S 13°30'58.65" (-13.516291)
W 71°57'25.01" (-71.956946)
From the waypoint go further up the street for 2,5-3km to Saqsaywaman. Your Navi should find the new way to the campground.
Take care when you leave the aspahlt to the last 200m to QuintaLala. The Street has a deep water supply on the right, use the left side to the unpaved way!
Update September 2019: Use better googlemaps - maps.me navigates through downtown.
If coming from Plaza Vea make a right turn at this waypoint:
[Website hasn't been updated for a fair while and contact email address is incorrect. Current contact is Milagros ([email protected]). Her English is good but any other language - except Spanish of course - needs to be run through Google translate first.
Water is said to be non-potable but we are drinking it - added a little bleach to the tank as it filled - and have had no problems.
For those wishing to leave their vehicles here while they return home and need to suspend their TIP, Millie has the procedure down pat and is willing to walk through the process with you. Tony LEE Nov
From the street it is a little hard to see where to enter, as there is not a good sign. There is a large light blue vehicle gate that is usually latched from the inside, but not locked. To enter walk back the way you came, towards cusco) and look for a wooden human size door. This door is usually unlocked and is the one you should enter. Check-in at the house there. The family is usually on site. There is a small sign saying Quinta Lala on the neighboring house, but this is the wrong location.
Santa Teresa is the jumping-off point for people going the back way into Machu Picchu. As a result this place, the only campground in town, is often crowded with tour groups and people such as ourselves. The camping area was decent enough, but the bugs were very bad! There may have been a kitchen, we didn't investigate. You can leave your car parked here for S$5 per day while you head into Aguas Caliente and Machu Picchu. Hot showers cost an extra $5.
No amenities, but an absolutely beautiful place to spend the night for free. There's a small river crossing to get to the more secluded side of the canyon, but it was barely ankle deep when we crossed. Take the southern bypass around Ayaviri and take a right when you see the sign to Tinajani Canyon. It's very cold, at around 13,000 feet. So bring some warm clothes.
Camping is possible at Las Cabanas, but we opted to stay in a cabin for our last night in Peru. A very nice area in a quite town, a much friendlier place to stay than nearby Puno. Continental breakfast is included.
Amenities: Electricity, WiFi, Hot Showers, good wind shelter for tents by the trees / price: 180ARS tent per night plus 130ARS person per night. This town is out of the way no matter where you‘re headed, but the most reliable source of gas (YPF station) in the area. When Tres Lagos and Bajo Caracoles actually have fuel, it is expensive. There is a La Anonima in town. This small campground has good wind cover. Like most of RN40 here is now paved and the RN40 has been rerouted through town.
Nice Cafe Bakery round the corner opposite the hospital, with good coffee.
Great family run campground. There are plenty of shady camp spots, big enough for any size vehicle. Wifi only reaches the first few sites, but there is an indoor common area that you can use. It can get very loud on the weekend. 300 pesos pppn.
Campsite with wind protection (including for roof top tents). Pretty good facilities for a small campsite. Clean toilets, hot water showers (at all times), parrillas and trees for shelter on the rivers edge. Has a price list at entry. We paid $200 pesos for two people and entry of our car + rtt. We thought is was good for what it is.
In april 2018 no hot water and no wifi. We don't know if it is because of offseason or it is all the time like this. Anyway price is the same as in highseason.
december 2018: wc ok, hot shower, electricity and wifi. 200 pesos+70 per person. If on moto 100 for tent, 70 per person.
The expedition crew has a portable toilet that they build a snow wall around. fantastic views, but it is chilly. No food or drinks are allowed when camping here. You cannot drive here. Water? Only Mr Yum Yum.
Awesome campground right on the lake. Be sure to leave your mark in the shelter. The indoor areas have big wood stoves so you can stay warm and dry. There is a great bakery in town a five minute drive away that has free wifi.
User reports $200ppn
There are three parking spots at the campground, no big rigs will fit. The camp sites are cordoned off to give you some space but this does not seem to stop other travelers from pitching tents right next to yours in the middle of the night.
in april 19 we paid 8000clp pp. she initially asked for 9000pp.
The selling point of this place is its location in both vistas at the Cuernos del Paine and the proximity to various points of interest in the NP. About 15 sites are west of the road and don't have much of a view but are mostly sheltered from the wind (e.g. 11). About 30 sites are east of the road and some have fantastic views but not much wind protection (e.g. 45 .. 47). Each site has a very basic shelter and a table/bench combination with BBQ and garbage bin. Blocks with hot and comfy showers, paper and soap in the toilets. Don't try to make reservations, you will probably never get a confirmation. Electricity available in reception. CH$12,000 per person. good value. Restaurant open only in high season.