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December 3rd, 2017 Border San Martin De Los Andes - Argentina - no jerry cans!

Chile —> Argentina. Quickest border crossing yet! (And we crossed on a Sunday at 3pm.) Didn’t check the car. Friendly people. Took around 25 min for everything.

December 2nd, 2017 Mercantil Andina (foreign cars ok!)

Here you can get insurance for foreign vehicles (our car is from the US). We were turned away from the border going into Argentina down at Hua Huam because we didn’t have it. We came back and asked at many places here in Pucon and, unlike many others, their system here allowed all of our information (make sure they put a dash (-) where they usually put it for Chilean cars otherwise I don’t think it will work). Hooray! Max 30 days, 24,000 pesos. Cash only.

December 2nd, 2017 Camping Rio Fuy

Lovely spot next to the river. Cheaper than any other options in the area (5k per person) and it was open. Hot showers, clean bathrooms, and electricity at each site. Friendly owners!

December 2nd, 2017 Camping Olga

Nice spot. Clean bathrooms and hot showers. River was quite full this time of year so would highly recommend only vehicles with high clearance pass. You do *not* have to pay the National Park fee if you’re just going to the campground, though. If you decide to hike in the park then, yes, you have to pay the fee. Camping is 5,000/person

November 30th, 2017 Camping Quilmio - A must stay.

Really beautiful and tranquil place. Very friendly owner (He’s Mapuche) and clean bathrooms. We didn’t see where to camp right on the river but the sites aren’t far from it at all. Highly recommended! 5k/person

November 26th, 2017 Laguna Blanca (REGISTER FIRST AT FUNDO BLANCA)

4x4 only! Beautiful and secluded mirador/camping area that is owned by the hotel Fundo Laguna Blanca (pinned on iOverlander). *You must first register and pay there* 6k/person in low season and 8k in high. There are bathrooms down near the lake but unfortunately you can’t drive, only walk, to them.

November 26th, 2017 Camping Lleuque

Awesome place. Super relaxing, quiet, clean bathrooms, hot showers, friendly owners, beautiful spots right next to the river. It’s now 5,000/person and there is no WiFi. ~3kms further up the road is the waterfall (I’m forgetting the name) and is a nice walk from the campground. 15 min drive to Pucón.

November 25th, 2017 Spectacular Spot

Stayed here one night and the next morning a ranger came by and told us absolutely no one is allowed to camp here or anywhere inside the park boundaries. And then he asked us to leave immediately. Shucks!

November 24th, 2017 Fundo Laguna Blanca

Beautiful, tranquil place owned by a lovely German family. We camped up at Laguna Blanca for two nights (see other pin) and came back to stay a night in the lodge. They allow you to camp here, too, though! 6k per person in low season (8k in high). Hot showers, bathrooms, no WiFi, and a delicious restaurant if you’re looking to splurge. Very friendly employees, as well! Highly recommended.

November 24th, 2017 Los Ñirres

We stayed here because none of the other campgrounds in the park were open. It’s nice but unfortunately no views of the lake and very obstructed views of the volcano. 7,500/person w bathrooms and showers (hot water during certain hours). Only a few other people camping, thankfully. Apparently Jan to Feb they often reach their maximum capacity of 800 people!

November 19th, 2017 Hotel Camping Suizandina

Definitely on the pricier side (8,000 per person cause it’s still low season) but was worth it for us. We needed hot showers and fast WiFi to upload some videos. Super friendly, super clean, super tranquil!

November 16th, 2017 Siete Tazas

Beautiful national park with bright blue waterfalls (central America status). The sendero to the miradores is really lovely and well done. Quality place that reminded us of home (USA)

November 16th, 2017 Camping Don Ambrosio, Saltos de Laja

Technically closed until Dec 1st (start of high season) and originally said we couldn’t stay but once he figured out we were overlanders he changed his mind. (Be sure to mention iOverlander!) Super friendly. 4K/person low season price. Nice and quiet!

November 15th, 2017 Camping entre rockas

Like everyone says - beautiful spot and super friendly owner! 4K per person. Road from main highway is unpaved (~18 km, parts of it washboard but no need for 4x4)

November 7th, 2017 Hot desert swimming holes

Great spot to break up the drive from Cafayate to Mendoza. Didn’t make it to the water holes but really enjoyed our peaceful and free night here!

November 1st, 2017 Mercado de Artesanos

Great spot to break up the drive from the border to salta. Felt safe.

October 29th, 2017 Car Wash

Paid 10,000 for a mediocre car wash that took ~50min. (Price started at 20,000, so beware). Seems like it’s the only place in town though and was worth it to clean off the crap from the lagunas route.

October 26th, 2017 Canyon Camp

Same as everyone else says - beautiful spot! Wind was pretty much gone 7pm.

October 25th, 2017 Hidden Lagoon

Same as everyone said - great spot! Wake up early to see the flamingos huddled together in the frozen lake! As the sun comes up it melts the ice and releases their feet so they can move. Crazy!

October 21st, 2017 Salteña Paceña

Delicious and cheap saltenas (pretty much just empanadas) Many locals say these are the best saltenas in La Paz! Vegetarian ones, too.

October 20th, 2017 Residencial Huari

Super nice and really interesting owner but I would not say this place is clean or nice (at least not the room we stayed in). We first stopped at Residencial Marian but they wanted 60b per person, so we came here. Residencial Marian is a lot cleaner and nicer than here. No WiFi at either place.

August 21st, 2017 Banzai Service

Closed when we came by on a Monday - maybe try calling ahead.

August 15th, 2017 Challata/Glaciar Trailhead

Beautiful and peaceful spot up in the mountains with views of Illampu and Ancohuma. 4x4 not required (we came up in a Toyota Corolla taxi). Plenty of level sites to choose from. From here you can hike to Laguna Challata on your own (~45 min one way) but you *need* a guide if you want to go to Laguna Glaciar (~8 hours total). Trail is not clear. Note: We did not camp here because we wanted to go to Glaciar and had our guide with us but he said it's totally fine to camp there. It's tranquil and far away from the town.

August 14th, 2017 Near Lago Tuni

The gate to the lake was closed so we asked the woman at Ecolodge Tuni (right across the way) where we could camp and she pointed us here. The road to get here is a great, flat dirt road that passes through the altiplano. No 4x4 needed and I'm 99% sure that even big rigs can make it! (Note: We did not camp here but went further down to the right toward the "pesca deportiva" and wild-camped there (also pinned in iOverlander). Really tranquil and beautiful out here. There is also a one-day hike you can do from Laguna Tuni to Laguna Chiarkhota but we didn't have time. Supposed to be beautiful, though - ask around!

August 12th, 2017 Beautiful spot

Beautiful, tranquil, and safe spot with views of Huayna Potosi and Condoriri Massif! We asked a lady herding her cows if we could camp here and she said "sure no problem." Road has some potholes but don't think you need 4x4 to get here (others should chime in to confirm). You definitely *do not* need 4x4 to get to the entrance to Laguna Tuni (also pinned on iOverlander) which is just a couple kms before this. We were originally planning on camping at Tuni but there was no one at the puesto de control. We asked a local and they said sometimes it's open and sometimes not. Highly recommended!

August 12th, 2017 Gas station ("Acachaci")

Sold us gasoline at international rate *without* factura at 6Bs/liter. Also have diesel here but don't know how much it costs.

August 11th, 2017 Altai Oasis

Quite the oasis!! Super friendly owners (with such a diverse family!), beautiful grounds, and much-appreciated weather after spending many cold nights at high altitude. 30B /person, still no wifi. Take note of what others have said about the road - we're in a 4Runner so didn't have any problems. We also left our car here one day while we hiked to Laguna Glaciar. (See "tourist info" post pinned in Sorata for more info about doing the hike in one day as opposed to 3)

August 11th, 2017 Tourist Info

The Guias de Montanas shop was closed so we came here to organize a hike to Laguna Glaciar. They usually offer it as a 2-3 day trek but we read that people do it one day, so they accommodated us no problem. We decided to leave our car at Altai Oasis in Sorata because 1) we weren't sure how safe it was to leave it at the trailhead (...it's totally fine) and 2) you *need* a guide to go to Laguna Glaciar. The trail is not clear. (You don't, however, need a guide to hike to Laguna Challata, which is the first lake you pass on the hike to Glaciar and is only ~45min from the trailhead. So you could easily drive up to the trailhead, camp, and do it all on your own.) We rode in a Toyota Corolla taxi up to the trailhead, so 4x4 is not required.

The hike to Laguna Glaciar was ~8 hours total and climbed ~4,000ft (1,200m). It's tough but if you love hiking you'll enjoy it. We paid 250Bs for the guide and 150Bs each way for the taxi, but you could probably negotiate both of those costs. Enjoy!

August 10th, 2017 Nemo's Cafe Bistro

CLOSED. New place with same owner is just up the block and around the corner called "Baguette About It" 😂Delicious artisanal 🍺

August 10th, 2017 Baguette About It

Artisanal beer and sandwich place! Super hip. Beer is good - haven't tried the sandwiches.


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