Date Place Comment
September 15th, 2020 Bear Country

Easy to miss side track off Highway 11, unmaintained recreation area in beautiful setting. Lots of level sites, suitable for all rigs, portable toilets and fire rings. Quiet and scenic, can stay up to 14 days, no charge.

September 15th, 2020 Preachers Point

Beautiful, spacious unmanaged recreation site, lots of level camping by beautiful Abraham Lake.

March 15th, 2020 La Casa Del Sol Naciente CAMPING

Agree with Charlietewson on all except Wifi - it was VERY weak, and everyone here complained about it too. Otherwise a great place and good value for SPdA.

March 14th, 2020 Mercedes Kaufmann

As described, basically a big truck dealership with lots of lighting and a security office out front. "Jaime" was the security guard on when we came and he allowed us to stay out front under the lights near the office. You are up high and off the highway. It is reasonably quiet late at night but busy in the early morning and later afternoon/evening. No facilities, good safe spot for a night .

March 12th, 2020 Hostal de Sal Los Lipez

Hostal in San Juan that allowed us to camp in the space in front for 30Bs ( two people and camper ) with use of bano and hot shower. Has a nice bar/ comedor as well. Manager was friendly.. Quiet location .

March 12th, 2020 May Apa Lavanderia

Excellent service and quality work - and on time ! We paid 18Bs/kg for same day service. Would recommend

March 12th, 2020 Eucalyptus Uyuni

True.dit comments are bang on. In a city where secured gates parking for bigger rigs is tough, this place was an oasis for us. Super helpful - car wash place next door was good and the laundromat around the corner was excellent ( 18 Bs/kg if you ask !). Wifi was strong and shower hot.

March 6th, 2020 VJ GAS

Just south of Sicuani, right on the highway so a convenient stop between Cusco and Puno. I dropped in today, rang the bell. "David" answered and I told him I needed to top up my 9kg ( 20lb) US style portable tank. He looked at the fitting and said no problem - 15 mins later my tank was filled for 3 soles per kg. Very easy place to get propane.No questions asked at all.

March 1st, 2020 Hotel de Turistas

Convenient stop on the long drive from Colca Canyon to Cusco. Off the Main Street so quiet and lots of space. We paid 30 soles for 2 people ,camper and two showers so negotiated a bit. Safe, and good wifi - the place could use a little TLC. But there are not many options in the area. Recommended

February 27th, 2020 Parquedero Playa

A parking station in the centre of town that accepts Overlanders . We did not stay but described our vehicle ( 6.5 m truck camper ) and they advised it would be 35 sols for 24 hours. Includes toilet and cold shower and gated security. It's shaded with high clearance for bigger rigs.

February 23rd, 2020 Hotel Hamacas

Awesome spot ! As described below - very secure with gate locked at light and 24 hr guard. They welcome Overlanders. Victor is the gatekeeper and very helpful. Raul is sometimes there and speaks English fluently. We ate at the hotel - excellent pepperoni pizza for 30 soles and the camping was free. Park near the little office and you get power too. Not noisy at night - we were there on Saturday - and lots of restaurants and a tienda close by. Nice sea breeze and sunsets as well...!

February 21st, 2020 Hostal Casa Amelia

As described below and very nice - super convenient location. A real treat after a long drive south through the desert. They even cleaned up the notoriously dirty bathroom while we were here.

February 21st, 2020 Real Huascaran Hotel, Huaraz

As described in recent posts and still 30 soles per vehicle to camp. Reasonably quiet for an in town location and felt secure as the field is fenced at gates with 24 hr security. You can pay with credit card too. Hotel has seen better days but staff are nice and there is a reasonable restaurant inside if you don't want to cook.

February 20th, 2020 Camping Guadelupe Jaime Veliz Caraz

Really nice spot with lots of room, quiet, great views and THE CLEANEST bathrooms in any campsite we have visited. Wifi was fine and it is a 1 SOL minibus ride to town - they pass by regularly. Jaime is a very nice host. 15 SOL pp pn. Best place in Caraz.

February 17th, 2020 Police Checkpoint / Bribe Attempt

No evidence of it as we went by late on Feb 17.

February 17th, 2020 Macara, Ecuador to Suyo, Peru

Very easy and fast crossing, Ecuador to Peru. Ecuador about 15 mins for stamping and TIP release, Peru a bit longer as they photographed us , fingerprinted us and did a cursory inspection of the vehicle. Asked about fruit and veggies but ignored the extra 40 litres of cheap Exuadoran gasoline we had in the back. Very friendly

February 17th, 2020 Chiclayo - Pandilla falsos mecánicos

No one around as we drove by yesterday - looked but could not see them

February 17th, 2020 Police Checkpoint

Not there as of Feb 17, 2020, when we drove by - and we looked for it

February 15th, 2020 casita Torre del agua entrance

As described in the other listing - great spot, wonderful hosts and an easy 20 min walk to town ( or $1.50 taxi ride ). Really enjoyed our time here. Showers are hot and wifi works well.

February 7th, 2020 Cuello De Luna

As described - one of the best places we have stayed at. Well maintained, great ambience, and a great deal at $10/rig ( with power )

January 19th, 2020 Donkey Sunrise Campground

Echo the comments of SidewaysMoon - just an excellent campground that caters very well to Overlanders needs. The pool is a huge bonus !
Tim, the Dutch owner, makes you feel very comfortable and there is a great vibe at the place. Facilities are excellent, not noisy and wifi is good.No height or size restrictions. One of our favourites so far.

January 17th, 2020 Steel Horse Colombia

As described - awesome location. Great vibe, always interesting overland guests to share tales with and Yvette's cooking is NOT to be
missed....! Excellent place to relax in and soak up the amazing scenery !

December 4th, 2019 Self service laundry cafe

Still $14,000 COP for up to 8 kilos washed and died in modern machines. Owner speaks English and will move your wash to the dryer while you wander the streets. Best place in town and most other are 6-7,000 COP per kilo.

November 30th, 2019 Al Bosque Hostel & Glamping

Great spot. Super helpful staff, owner David speaks great English and is happy to give all kinds of advice on the area including Medellin. Take the Metro Cable ( cable car ) to Medellin and get awesome city views. Nearby Parque Arvi is excellent ,too.

Great hot shower, Wifi, and they have a guy that will pick up and refill your North American propane tank ( our 20lb tank was 45,000 COP - $13 ).

November 29th, 2019 Restaurante y hotel El viajero

Basic hotel with decent restaurant and cheap food. We paid 40,000 COP for a double with private bathroom and AC after a little haggling. Vehicle could be parked right outside our room. 24 hour security and a gas station beside it so always people around. There are no campsites in this area between Cartagena and Medellin so for $12 we thought this was a good deal. Staff were friendly and wifi was ok ( strong in the restaurant ).

November 23rd, 2019 Beer & Laundry

Awesome place - both owners, Ivan and Lilian speak English and can give tips on ANYTHING Colombian. Food is great, too !

November 17th, 2019 Terkel Gas station, about 30k from Colon. Allowed a night camping free. Manager Santiago was helpful.

Small Terpel Gas station with bathroom, just off Hwy #3. Flat room, for two rigs.

November 6th, 2019 Pura Van Campsite

Agree with all others - great spot and super helpful owner. Still $6 p/p. We stayed 2 nights and would go back.

If taking public transport ( which is close ) its a bit of a hike into town - the two buses combined with wait in between took us almost 2 hours each way but it is very cheap at least ( and we went during rush hour ).

Best spot we stayed at in C/R.

November 2nd, 2019 EXIT Nicaragua - Penas Blancas, Nicaragua/Costa Rica border

We followed Borderhelper’s steps and it was accurate as of Nov 1. Helpers were not too aggressive when we were there.

November 1st, 2019 ENTER COSTA RICA

Terradrifting’s comments at the very beginning of this post are still accurate ( prices have changed of course - our insurance was $45 as of Nov 1/2019 ).
Just a caution - as we were about to enter CR, a helper ( who we did not use ) waved us over to fumigation to the right down a dirt track. We went through it ( automatic system, no one there ). Instead of turning around and getting back on the paved road to Customs and Aduana we made the mistake of following the dirt road out of fumigation which took us all the way to the CR border exit. Border guys realized what had happened and arranged for us to go back and follow the right steps. So, be careful if you get directed to fumigation ( no one asked if we had been fumigated by the way).