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Date Place Comment
May 7th, 2019 Zumpia Matix Lavadero Automatico

We parked overnight on the street about a block away so we could take the laundry when they first opened. Hours are 9 – 5; Monday – Friday. 180 P per load. Phone: 03447-423015 We were very happy with the service and the price. Laundry was dry and nicely folded. It was ready by 4:00. She even carried it a block to our camper when I went alone to pick it up.
Kitty corner to the laundry there’s a great bakery with breads and sweets. We spent the day parked in front of the tourist office building by the river – a very nice area in low season. (-32.21511 -58.13627) Probably full of cars in summer. At the visitor center I asked about parking overnight there and they said no, I’d have to use a campground. It was still a nice place to spend the day while waiting for laundry to be done.

May 5th, 2019 Mercedes-Benz Service Center

Savar Vehicles – A Mercedes-Benz service. We called when several hours away to see if they would be able to help us. They took us in right away and began work that afternoon. A young man spoke adequate English to interpret which was a great help. They let us stay overnight parked near the security guard and offered us electric and a bathroom with a hot shower. They completed the work the next day and even provided a free lunch. Since the work ended in the late afternoon the second day, they let us stay parked for another night. Their work was professional and the fees seemed quite reasonable, especially when compared to the cost of having the work done in the US. They had very good wifi.
Av. Dos Estados, 2405 - Anchieta, Porto Alegre - RS, 90200-001
Hours: 8-12 ⋅ 1:15-6:30 PM Phone : (51) 3371-3434
https://www.gruposavar.com.br/mercedes-benz-caminhoes/

April 28th, 2019 Self service washer and dryer

At truck stop. Go in the door to the Caminhoneiro Restaurant door and turn left. I do not know what it costs but it looked liked 100 R for each machine. Perhaps someone else can post the cost if they use it. We didn't use it.

April 27th, 2019 Curitiba/ Parana

We needed help finding a place to replace a tire valve and had some other issues with our tire valves. We went here and Eric, the son who spoke English, was so helpful. He's not usually there so we lucked out to have him there to speak English. He rode with us to find a place that could do some work and interpreted for us. We then parked overnight on his neighbor’s property. If you stay at the neighbor’s place, he appreciates 20 to 30 R if you are so inclined but did not ask for it.

April 25th, 2019 Parking along the road

We parked parallel to the road but the spots were angle parking for small cars. We were there off season so there were plenty of spots. Just road noise at night.

April 25th, 2019 Parking along the road

We parked parallel to the road but the spots were angle parking for small cars. We were there off season so there were plenty of spots. Just road noise at night.

April 24th, 2019 Street Parking

Angle parking on street along water in Old Town of Ilhabela. Very pretty area. Toilets in Fundaci Building about a block away across from Tourist Information kiosk. Quiet and peaceful during the day and evening. About 10:30 the disco across the street came alive so it was an earplug/keep-the-windows-closed night. I don’t know if that happens every night but you may want to check it out before staying.

April 24th, 2019 Street Parking

Angle parking on street along water in Old Town of Ilhabela. Very pretty area. Toilets in Fundaci Building about a block away across from Tourist Information kiosk. Quiet and peaceful during the day and evening. About 10:30 the disco across the street came alive so it was an earplug/keep-the-windows-closed night. I don’t know if that happens every night but you may want to check it out before staying.

April 23rd, 2019 Agua Viva Laundry

Open 8-6 p.m. Mon – Sat; 8-4 Sunday. 34 R per basket load for wash and dry. Dropped laundry off at 9:30 and it was ready at 2:30. Clean, friendly, very satisfied with it.

April 23rd, 2019 Paraty

very noisy; loud music until early a.m.; earplugs helped; pretty setting

April 22nd, 2019 In ground place to dump

Expensive but we were desperate to dump (toilet was full to the brim) and we needed it to be an in-ground dump. We also needed water and to recharge our batteries so we paid the price for one night (112.80 R for two of us and a 7 meter camper). However, we could stay until 8:00 pm the next day. Before 8:00 pm we moved to the free parking lot on the corner of the street.

April 21st, 2019 Clube São Conrado De Vôo Livre

What a fantastic spot! Beautiful beach, hang gliders and paragliders landing all day long, good grocery store (Zona Sul) less than 1 km away and upscale shopping mall (Fashion Mall) with ATM 1.5 km away. Free wi fi from hang gliding club house. Toilet and showers 5 R’s. Quiet at night. Our second day a parking attendant came and said he’d have to charge us for three spots since we were parked in sideways. We had thought it was free and no one else seemed to be charged but we paid it. He said people complained because we were taking three spots so he collected 6 R’s from us for 24 hours so he could tell those who complained that we paid for three spots. He collected again our last day there but not every day. There are no empty parking spots all day. In fact they are often parked double. We lucked out in that we arrived at 6:00 p.m. on a very rainy Sunday so no one was there and we got nicely parked. Other times your best bet is to arrive after 6 or 7 p.m. or park anywhere you can on the long street before you get to this spot and then move over after dark or early morning. The downside to this spot is the distance from the center of the city. A bus stop is three blocks away but the nearest subway stop is almost 3 km away. Many people use Uber or taxi. Subway, bus and tram are all free for those over 60. Just show a photo ID with birthday on it. We used a copy of our passports. There’s usually someone at the far right or left of the metro styles. Show them your ID and they will let you through. Some museums are also free for those over 60. Just show ID. Sugar Loaf is half price if over 60. Locals and tour guides think Sugar Loaf is a better view than Christ the Redeemer. It’s cheaper and much easier to get to and is a fantastic view. We recommend that over Christ the Redeemer unless you are really set on going to C the R. I flew with pilot Eu Voei 21 97181-0506. He is very experienced and careful so you could ask for him.

April 20th, 2019 Shell gas station

They would not let us stay. We are a small camper. They told us to park in the vacant lot across the street next to the small traffic circle. I posted that as another place to stay.

April 20th, 2019 Empty lot

Unpaved empty lot with a couple of tour buses there. The Shell station posted on iOverland would not let us stay but told us to go to that lot. Felt safe enough but not everyone would be comfortable there.

April 19th, 2019 Camping Clube Verde Mar

This place doesn't seem to exist any more. We drove by but there wasn't any campground there.

April 15th, 2019 Shell Station and Graal Restaurant

A man had us drive under the parts shop overhang and showed us where electric is if we needed it. He gave us the password for WiFi which we accessed right from our camper. Two men put out cardboard to sleep on under there also. There are plenty of other places to park if you don’t want to be where we were but you wouldn’t have electric or Wi Fi. (It was pretty trashy there.) I used silicone earplugs and heard nothing but my husband said it was a bit noisy with truck engines starting and stopping all night. The Graal restaurant/gift shop/snack food store and buffet is HUGE with more variety of food than you can imagine. (Go to the big Graal one – not the small trucker’s one by the showers at the other end of the building.) Clean toilets and free warm showers but men need to get a code to use theirs. Get code at checkout counter of the Graal.

April 12th, 2019 Gas station

A bit run down but pretty quiet. Restrooms were clean with toilet paper in each stall and toilet seats.

April 12th, 2019 BR Fuel Station

Did not stop but it was newer and larger than the station we posted in town. Many big trucks there. If you stop, please update the information.

April 10th, 2019 Gas station

On route MS 157 just north of Carumbezinho there is a fuel station on the left going north and a huge pull off on the right just before the gas station. The GPS coordinates are not quite accurate but since there were no postings for many kilometers, I am posting this one. We did not stop but they looked like ideal places to park overnight with a lot of room at both places. Perhaps if someone stays they can update the information.

April 10th, 2019 Beginning of Pantanal Park Drive

Large parking area at traffic circle where road goes off into the Patanal. Several semis came in after dark but pretty quiet. Mosquitoes and bugs

April 10th, 2019 Parking on BR-262

Good place to stay. A lot of parking space. Paved. Pretty quiet with a few trucks coming and going. Police were happy to let us stay.

April 8th, 2019 Tourist Name Information Center

Parking on each side of the building for short (22 feet or so) campers at the tourist information center. Somewhat level. Street parking would be o.k. too. Got WiFi password from the hostel across the street. Safe.

April 7th, 2019 Posto Stop31 Ipiranga

Very good stop. Quiet. Great place to get food (has a Subway shop as well as their own food). Showers mostly hot (men's really hot; women's more on the warm side). Bathrooms big, new and clean. Fast wi fi.

April 7th, 2019 Bonanza Laundromat

Located at 795 Ignacio Sottomaier. Left laundry at 9:00 and got it back at 6:00 same day. VERY EXPENSIVE – Most we’ve paid in South America. 115 Br R ($30 U.S.) for about two loads. She charges by the kilo. I think it was 11.50 R/Kilo. I think her hours are 9 – 6 Mon. – Fri.

April 6th, 2019 Secretaria Municipal de Turismo

Wonderful help from English speaking ladies. Level in the corner; very busy traffic but with silicon earplugs no problem.

April 5th, 2019 Foz do Iguacu Free Camp

“No Parking” signs on the whole road both sides. Saw nowhere to park legally. The grassy field didn’t look like it should be driven on.

April 5th, 2019 Bonanza Laundromat

Located at 795 Ignacio Sottomaier. Left laundry at 9:00 and got it back at 6:00 same day. VERY EXPENSIVE – Most we’ve paid in South America. 115 Br R ($30 U.S.) for about two loads. She charges by the kilo. I think it was 11.50 R/Kilo. I think her hours are 9 – 6 Mon. – Fri.

April 4th, 2019 Parking lot across from Tourist Info.

Parking lot across from the Tourist Information building on route 12. A tiny bit slanted. Good Wi Fi, water and toilet at Information center. When we asked about parking overnight, the young man said it isn’t their property but it was fine with them. If police asked us to move, we’d have to leave. No police came and they had been doing traffic checks right there.

April 4th, 2019 Brazil/Argentina

Entering Brazil from Argentina was easy as far as getting our passports stamped. BUT when we asked where to get the paperwork done for the camper, no one seemed to know. We were sent to several places (even to the second floor; all that was there was a room full of cardboard boxes). Finally some man in jeans and a ratty t-shirt (most people were dressed in uniforms or shirts with a legal label on them) called someone and was on the phone for some time. He then got on his computer and then called someone again who seemed to be talking him through what to do. At least the room was air conditioned! An hour and a half later he gave us the paperwork. We were dumbfounded that one of the highest vehicle traffic borders in the country didn’t know how to process a vehicle.

March 30th, 2019 In ground place to dump

We do not have a cassette so have to dump directly into the ground or with a hose. There was a place to do this at Camping Municipal Carols Xamena but the cement cover was very heavy to move away. It’s near the first toilets and sinks on the left as you drive in. Ask one of the workers where it is and they will help you move the cover.


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