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Date Place Comment
March 26th, 2020 Maya Bell Campground

Nice campground for 10-12 campers in a well maintained tropical garden with lots of wildlife like agouti, toucan, dragonflys, howler monkeys around. Wifi, water, dumpstation, electricity, restaurant, swimmig pool, clean hot showers and toilets are available. 250 Peso dry camping, 350 Peso full Hookup. 1400/2100 Peso weekly rate. You can walk to the ruins of Palenque and bycycle into the city of Palenque.

March 25th, 2020 Centro Ecoturistica Cascada Las Golondrinas

Overnight parking in the parking lot of Cascada las Golondrinas. First they did not want us to camp here because of the Corona Virus but after some talking it was ok. Ejido fee: 30 Peso p.P., Entrance fee 25 Peso p.P., Camping 100 Peso per car. The waterfall is very nice, the swimming in the 25°C water refreshing. One hour before sunset you can see the swallows circling around and at sunset the are moving into their cave in small groups. In the morning they startet flying out 15 Minutes before sunrise and it took 5 minutes for them all to leave the cave. We estimate that there were 300 birds.

March 22nd, 2020 Biohidroselva

Reforma agraria is a great place for wildlife watching. Every day you can see spider and howler monkeys in the trees along Rio Lacantun. There are 110 Pairs of Red Macaws in the area. You see them flying around but you have to be a bit lucky to see them close. Best time for wildlife watching is at sunrise and sunset! The Las Guacamaya Hotel has a nice tropical garden and a cage with 4 Red Macacws where we always saw free Aras In the trees around the cage. It is possible to take a boat tour starting at the hotel into the Parque Natural Montes Azules with the option to see more wildlife like Crocodiles, Tukan, Tapir, Leopard. The tour is quite expensive (2100 Peso for 2 hours, 2800 Peso for 3 hours for up to 8 people). Unfortunately the lady at the desk was not very friendly and absolutely not interested to offer the option to join with other guests. But maybe it was a special situation because of the lack of guests caused by the Corona Virus and the decission of the Ejido not to take new tourist any more at the next day. We slept at Biohidroselva run by Magdalena a nice old lady for 100 Peso including showers and toilets.

March 21st, 2020 Tziscao Lake shore

Top free campsite at the shore of Laguna Tzizcao with a nice sunset. Easy access, quiet, clean, no amenities. You have to pay Entrance fee to the Parque National Lagunas Montebello (37 Peso p.P.) and 25 Peso p.P. to enter the lakes.

March 20th, 2020 El Chiflon

Overnight parking at the lower parking lot of the really great Cascada de Chiflon. This is one of the best waterfalls in Mexico with great swimming in the 21°C turqoise water. Camping is 35 Peso p.P., visitig the falls is 50 Peso p.P.

March 18th, 2020 Parque Ecoturistico El Arcotete

Cheap (35 Peso p.P.) and quiet camping in a clean and well maintained park directly at Rio Fogotivo. There are flush toilets, some palapas and tables. Nice walking in the area to a cave and a big limestone arch with the Rio Fogotico flowing through. No cell service.

March 17th, 2020 el chorreadero

Quiet overnight parking in the paved parking lot of Cascada de Chorreadero. They charges us 100 Peso for camping and 25 Peso p.P. to visit the small waterfall and the cave. It´s a nice refreshing dip in the 22°C water.

March 15th, 2020 Sima de las Cotorras

Quiet dry camping at the great Sima de la Cotorras. Access is on a 12 km bumpy and rocky dirtroad which is ok for every kind of vehicle. At our visit there were ca 300 birds at Sima de la Cotorras. We saw the parrots leaving the Sima ca at 6.30 am. They come back during the day and can be observed with binoculars at the canyonwalls. Many groups of up to 50 parrots were eaving the sinkhole between 3 pm and 4.30 pm.The parrots are NOT here from November til January.

March 14th, 2020 Cascadas El Aguacero

Quiet camping at the parking lot of Cascada el Aguacero. Entrance fee 37 Peso p.P., camping 100 Peso. Toilets, showers and trash cans are available. The last km is quite steep downhill. You can walk on a paved trail with 700 steps down to the river with the beautiful 25°C waterfall.

March 11th, 2020 Playa San Diego (Surf spot)

Wow - a really great place for free camping - maybe the best at the Oaxaca Coast. Very few people, quiet, unspoiled beach, palapas for shade. Bring everything you need for some realaxing days, it is nothing there. You can camp at the palapas close to the beach or drive up on top of the hill for a 360° view and a steady breeze. The dirtroad from Mex 200 is narrow, bumpy with some sharp rocks. Campers higher than 10 feet will get some scratches and harvest some mangos on the way in but you don´t need 4 WD. Unfortunately at the lower palapas is lots of rubbish around. Please take out your trash, nobody will pick it up here!

March 8th, 2020 Overlander Beach Campsite “Don Taco”.

Small camp at the beach of the secluded Bahia San Agustin. You find many nice amenities here like clean toilets, showers, wifi, kitchen, palapas, but no hookup. It is space for 4-5 campers and some tents. In the bay you find nice corrals and some tropical fish. Unfortunately the whole beach is covered with restaurants, it is quite busy on weekends but really quiet at night. The 12 km dirtroad from Mex 200 is bumpy in places but ok with every kind of vehicle.

March 7th, 2020 Turtles-playa palmarito!

Camping at Playa Palmarito with its miles of great beach and a turtle hatchery. You can camp at their parking lot with ocean view or go 0,5 mi east where you find a palapa and a parking lot. There seems to be the building of houses or hotels in progress, so the road you take from the main road looks like to enter a resort which is very slow going in the region. In the night we patrolled the beach but did not see a turtle. Main turtle nesting season is from August to November.

March 5th, 2020 Playa Cerro Hermosa

Great unspoiled beach with nothing but sand and ocean - and sometimes turtles. Unfortunately not everybody protects the turtles here and some locals grab the eggs for dinner. We drove on the good dirtroad along the beach till the end to find this very quiet and relaxing place to recover from the montain drive through de Sierra Madre Sur. Closer to the village most of the beach is already separated into lots and fenced. But the touristic improvement is very slow going.

March 4th, 2020 San Pedro Juchatengo

Overnight parking on a big gravel area in San Pedro Juchatengo because we were not able to make it till the coast before dark after we lost 2 hours circumnavigating a road block of Mex 131 in Valdeflores on very bad roads, across a field and through a wash. We asked two residents if it is ok to stay here - no problem. Unfortunately some people shot fireworks the whole night. This scared the burrows and they woke up the roosters. You are in a small town in a valley with some nice topes. So the truck drivers can check their engine brakes. You can here them some miles up the canyon. Because the road ist winding, steep and narrow, so It seems to be saver for them travelling in the night. There are no good overnight options along Mex 131, the best is the new and clean G500 gas station north of Villa Sola de Vega.

March 2nd, 2020 Hierve el Agua

Gravel area with a view to the travertine cascades of Hierve el Agua. Toilets and Restaurants are nearby. Busy during the day, ok in the evening. The Hierve el Agua would be a really great nature attraction but unfortunately people step everywhere on the travertine terraces and new pools are beeing build to make it more touristic than it is already. The water flow is not very big, so the water gets a bit dirty after the heavy use of a weekend day.

February 29th, 2020 El Rancho RV Park

One of the best RV Parks in Mexico so far with a nice owner. Big grassy lawn with space for ca 30 vehicles and ervery amenity you can think about: hookups, new and clean bathrooms, free wifi, pool, community palapas, showers, dump station, washing machine, ... Good base to explore the area around Oaxaca.

February 28th, 2020 Canyon Guacamayas Verdes

Camping option at Mirandas Cabanas after hinking to the Guacamaya Verde Canyon to view the Ara militaris. You can use the bathroom of the cabanas with cold showers, traffic noise is low during the night. We paid 100 Pesos for 2 people including breakfast. The Parrots are in the Guacamaya Verde Canyon from August until December. From January to July they spread out in the mountains near Tecomavaca in small groups for breeding. So we only saw 3 birds at 200 m distance, but the trail is nice through really great stands of candelaber cacti (Pachycereus weberi) with nice views of the valley.

February 27th, 2020 Santuario de los Sotolines, San Martin del Valle

Free, quiet, nice camping option without any amenities on a hill covered with the strange Sotolinas overlooking the valley to the east, west and north. At our visit the Santuario de los Sotolines was closed (maybe you can ask for a guide in San Martin) but you can walk along the fence for good views of the trees and of the valley. Access is either from San Martin del Valle or the road to San Juan Raya, both on good dirtroads not mentioned in maps.me or google.maps. Another good stand of old Sotolinas is along the road towards Zapotitlan ca 1 km west of town.

February 25th, 2020 Jardin Botanico 'Helia Bravo Hollis'

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.

February 24th, 2020 Great Viewpoint of Popocatepetl at Altzomoni

Nice view of Popo especially at Sunset. Very bumpy and steep road up to here. 4 WD and high clearance is useful, but you can walk the 800 m from the junction with La Joya Road.

February 21st, 2020 Paso de Cortes / Visitor Center

Great place at Paso de Cortez visitor center to spend some days observing the ash eruptions of Popocateptl to the south and the dormant Iztaccihuatl to the north. Quiet on weekdays, quite busy but not too noisy on weekends. Busses and cars start to arrive at 6.30 am. The Polica Estatal is on site so camping is save.

February 20th, 2020 Estacionamente 24 Horas

We intended to camp at the Teotihuacan Trailer Park, but the gate was locked and nobody except the campers inside was there. So we moved 300 m north to this big Estacionamiento, paid 60 Peso for the night to a young guy living in a trailer on the parking lot. The next mornig we drove to Teotihuacan Parking lot to visit the pyramids. The Mexico Lindo Restaurant seems also to be a good option to camp. So you really do not depend on the Trailer Park.

February 17th, 2020 Grutas Tolantongo

The Grutas de Tolantongo with its 95°F water and the torquoise warm river are a very special place hard to find anywhere else in the world. In addition there are ca 35 pools with warm water at the slope with a nice view of the canyon. Unfortunately the Grutas de Tolantongo are becoming more and more touristic. Hotels, parking lots and new pools are build to serve thousands of people especially on weekends. The road down into the canyon is mostly paved and a nice and easy drive. Along the river are many tent camping sites and some sites where you can park with an RV. You find clean bathrooms, changing rooms, restaurants, trash cans everywhere. If you avoid weekends you will have a very nice and relaxing time in the Barranca de Tolantongo. Price is 150 Peso per Person per day plus 20 Peso for parking. For Camping you will be charged 2 day passes, in total 640 Peso for 2 people, 2 days and 1 night.

February 16th, 2020 Carparking der Grutas - OK, FREE

Overnight parking at the big bus parking lot before the road leads steeply down into the canyon. You are sleeping close to the road but traffic stops around 8 pm and starts at 7 am. The view into the canyon is nice. The parking lot is usable if you want to avoid paying one more day use fee of 150 Peso p.P.

February 14th, 2020 Taxhido Hot Springs - NICE, $60MX per car

Camping at Taxidho Hot Springs which are usesd mostly by locals for relaxing, playing, party and washing located in a beautiful canyon. You will not be alone there on weedends but for more privacy and silence you can move some hundred yards east for camping. The pool at the source has ca 98°F, the big pool in the river separated by sand bags ca 97°F. The road from the east is somewhat steep and narrow and real big rigs will have some problems.

February 10th, 2020 Euro-Latino Racing-Services, Professional Repair & Mobile Home Storage

Matthias knows everything about any cars (in our case an uncommon Iveco) and will find solutions for every problem. Matthias is very helpful and offered the bathroom and a camping option inside and outside of his building, while his team worked on our truck. We preferred the profound knowledge - and the easement of communicating in german language - for a detailled and professional checkup of your car at 100.000 km. We were not looking for the cheapest mechanic as obviously do others, who complain about prices and risk to loose these rare high quality Overlander-Places... If you just have repairs any mexican mechanic with a typical mexican "garage" can fulfil, maybe you should go there? Matthias with his halls and quality tools calculated the working time, used material etc. absolutely fair. We met another overlander with the same experience. In the US, Canada or Europe you would have to spend much more money for the same work, despite the fact, that you need the service "on the way".

February 9th, 2020 San Miguel RV Park

Small RV Park with 12 Sites in the center of San Miguel. Fast WiFi, clean hot showers, quiet. Access road is very narrow with low cables but we made it with 12 ft high camper without problems. There are two gates to the RV park. The western entrance has no height limit. 380 Pesos: our most expensive night in Mexico so far.

February 7th, 2020 Monarch Sanctuary

The dirtroad to the Monarch Sanctuary is in good shape. The hike to the monarch grove is one way 2,8 km with 140 m elevation gain. It is well marked and easy to follow. We did not take a guide, no problem. The view, photo opportunities and experience of the butterflies here is much better than in El Rosario. There is a forest opening with millions of butterflies flying and sitting on the ground, in the trees and bushes. You have a very good unblocked view and you get very close to the butterflies (so add a wide angle lens to you telephoto). You can also follow the trail in the forest to get the same kind of butterlfies hanging in the trees like in El Rosario. Best time to arrive at the monarch grove is around 10 to 11 am because there are only view visitors and the light is much better than in the afternoon. Highest butterfly activity is around noon. After 1.30 pm it got very crowded on Friday. Saturday was very crowded all day, so try to come here on a weekday. Saturday

February 6th, 2020 Mariposas well hidden

Very beautiful and quiet camping on a big meadow in the forest. Camping here is free, but you have to pay an entrance fee of 50 Peso per car. The dirtroad to the Monarch Sanctuary is in good shape. The hike to the monarch grove is km with 200 m elevation gain. It is well marked and easy to follow. We did not take a guide, no problem. The view, photo opportunities and experience of the butterflies here is much better than in El Rosario. There is a forest opening with millions of butterflies flying and sitting on the ground, in the trees and bushes. You have a very good unblocked view and you get very close to the butterflies (so add a wide angle lens to you telephoto). You can also follow the trail in the forest to get the same kind of butterlfies hanging in the trees like in El Rosario. Best time to arrive at the monarch grove is around 10 to 11 am because there are only view visitors and the light is much better than in the afternoon. After 1.30 pm it got very crowded.

February 5th, 2020 Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary El Rosario

Overnight parking at the paved parking lot of El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary. Clean and quiet, seems to be safe. Road from Ocampo is paved all the way but there are 47 topes on the way. The hike to the Butterflies is one way 2,8 km with 270 m elevation gain, lined with souvenir shops at the beginning, perfecty marked and rope lined, but a guide (who spoke no word) will accompany you to the grove. There are millions of butterflies hanging in a dense, shady stand of trees, but unfortunately the trail is blocked far before and within a too small area for all the people visiting. The butterflies and the view is mosty blocked by trees or branches. The butterflies start to spread their wings in the sun after ca 10.30 am and they are start flying around 11 am.


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