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August 8th, 2017 Bolivian Consulate (New Location!)

*This is the new location as of August 2017!* We're glad that we came here to get our visas first but it's not necessarily easy. There are a lot of steps. If you show up with all the required documents it will go a lot faster than it did for us. Also if you luck out and get the nice lady she might do many of these steps for you, but the guy we were greeted by didn't want to help us with anything. Here's what you need:
1) visa application (fill out at www.rree.gob.bo/formvisas/ and bring print out)
2) passport and one copy (cannot expire within 6 months)
3) itinerary of trip in Bolivia (we typed up a word document with approximate dates and locations of overland entry and exit)
4) Hotel reservation in Bolivia (we made one on booking.com with intentions to cancel) or a signed invitation letter from a Bolivian resident
5) credit card (they will copy it to prove financial solvency)
6) copy of yellow fever vaccine paperwork (if you plan on going to the jungle - don't know if this is necessary)
7) one color passport photo, 5x4 cm, white background
8) for US citizens, payment of 160 USD/person to the nearby BCP (the person at the consulate will give you a cuenta to take to the bank and pay the bank in cash US dollars only)

This visa (again, we are US citizens) will be valid for travel in Bolivia for up to 90 days per calendar year over the next 10 years. Whether you get a stamp for 30, 60, or 90 days when you cross the border seems to be up to the border agent.

August 3rd, 2017 India Indian Cuisine

Delicious Indian food!! Mains 15-25 soles. Cozy atmosphere. Highly recommended!

July 29th, 2017 Chifa Restaurant

Get away from the overrated pizza places and come here to eat cheap and delicious chifa. 7s for a huge plate of veggie chifa and 8s for veggie tallarín!!

July 21st, 2017 Hotel Tampumayu

Nice stopover place if driving from Nasca to Cusco. Friendly staff. We paid 20s for two people. At first he said 30s but after we said "our friends paid 20s" he was fine. And given that the only service they offer is use of a bathroom w/out shower, I think it's a fair price. We didn't eat or drink in the restaurant.

July 19th, 2017 Fundo San Rafael

Really nice place if you're already stopping in the area to visit the Nazca Lines. Wifi only worked near the reception, and the showers, which they told us were were hot, were cold. But it's super tranquil and the pool area is 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼. Probably the nicest and cleanest pool we've encountered on ~2 year trip. 40s for two people.

July 17th, 2017 Cochera

Arrived on a Sunday afternoon and ecocamp was full so we came here. Glad we did! (Ecocamp said if we came back the next day it would be 50s for the car plus another 20s for our ground tent). Here we paid 10s total. And if you book a buggy tour through them (30s/person for 2 hrs) they'll give you one (or maybe two) nights of camping for free. Jaime, the owner of the cochera and buggy tour company, let us use the bathroom of his family's hotel, Salvatierra, which is right across the street.

July 16th, 2017 Paracas NP - La Mina Beach

We also went a few hundred meters down to Playa Raspon. Slept in a ground tent. Very very windy in the evening (sand got over everything) but so worth it to wake up to that ocean view in the morning with pretty much no wind and a beautiful sky. Guy w key to bathroom was nowhere to be found.

July 8th, 2017 Casa Del Arqueólogo

Good spot if planning to visit ruins. We left our car here and just walked (~15 min). They let us set up camp on the grassy field and we thought it was super tranquil (we heard the workers in the morning around 6:30am but they were gone by 7am or so). Super friendly groundskeeper. Dogs kinda bark a lot. 15/person

May 23rd, 2017 Camping Guadelupe Jaime Veliz Caraz

Been here almost a month now...it's the perfect spot to base yourself for all the amazing things to do and see in the Cordillera Blanca!! Plus the owner is very friendly, the place is beautiful, the wifi is fast, and the little town of Caraz is so much more mellow than Huaraz. (Definitely hit up the Sunday market - you can find almost everything there!!) 15s per person and, if you leave your car, 15s/day...

May 22nd, 2017 Huanchaco Gardens RV Park

Best option in town and the owners were super friendly and accommodating. Low season so nobody else was there. They charged us S20/pp and opened a room so we could shower. Wifi super fast around reception area.

May 21st, 2017 Hostal (hospedaje) Las Tejas

Very very basic hotel. S/30 for private room w no windows and w shared bathroom. Wish we would've looked for a better option.

May 19th, 2017 Pull-out by Cabin on road to Balsa

Great spot to stay the night and break up the drive from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca. Owner never came by but we were here over the weekend. Very tranquil.

May 19th, 2017 Estancia El Chillo

Open! Both gates were shut and locked but we honked our horn and shouted a couple of times and eventually someone came out. Super friendly owners (their son does maintenance on the gondola to the ruins!) We paid S15/person. Muy tranquilo.

May 18th, 2017 Gocta Andes Lodge

Incredibly beautiful opportunity to splurge! Cheapest room is ~$90 and includes breakfast. View of the falls is best from the infinity pool ;) *NOTE* Day use of the pool is possible - not sure how much, though.

May 17th, 2017 Huembo Nature Reserve

Closed and locked when we stopped by unfortunately. It was around 2pm.

May 16th, 2017 Yumbilla Trailhead

Super tranquil spot to stay the night before hiking up to the beautiful waterfall(s). Got the key from the office in town and later found out the key didn't work (turns out he accidentally gave us a key for some bathroom so I'd ask to be sure).

May 15th, 2017 Restaurante Mi Petita

DELICIOUS lunch! Huge plate of food and a drink for 10 soles. (they'll happily accommodate vegetarians) Super friendly owners.

May 15th, 2017 Rio Hotel

Good stopover on way to Chachapoyas. If you sleep in a tent be sure to put it on the asphalt during the rainy season! We got flooded in the middle of the night. Very clean pool!

May 14th, 2017 PORTA VERDE

Great stop after crossing the border. I think the floods damaged a lot of his property so he had us set up in the front part near the pool. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and everybody was gone by 4pm or so. Very nice owner. Muy tranquilo.

April 28th, 2017 Killa Wasi Campspot

Great spot outside the city of Alausi. Super friendly owner (spent 20+ years in Connecticut), wifi, hot shower, full kitchen, and the cutest dogs! $5pp. Muy tranquilo

April 26th, 2017 Chimborazo Refugio #1

What a special place! Freezing cold (it's at 16,000ft) but such a beautiful experience to wake up to Chimborazo both mornings. We slept in our tent about 100m before the main parking lot. We didn't summit but there is a short ~45min hike up to a lake. Bathrooms in the refuge are free and always open.

April 23rd, 2017 Casa 1881

Not enough good things to say about this place! We got into town on a Sunday and many of the other places on iOverlander were closed so we came here. It's one of the nicest hotels we've stayed in and at a totally reasonable price. $40 for a private double room and includes a delicious and hearty breakfast. Rooms are big and clean, beds are super comfy, and the owner, Santiago, is so friendly. Secure and cheap parking is just half a block away. No height restrictions. Highly recommended!!

April 18th, 2017 hosteria las Orquideas

BEAUTIFUL spot up in the mountains outside of Baños. Super tranquil, tons of space, very friendly owners, wifi, bathrooms, and sometimes hot showers. Restaurant also on site. Highly recommended!

April 18th, 2017 Hosteria las Orquideas

BEAUTIFUL spot up in the mountains outside of Baños. Super tranquil, tons of space, very friendly owners, wifi, bathrooms, and sometimes hot showers. Restaurant also on site. Highly recommended!

April 16th, 2017 Centro de Tourismo Shalala

Beautiful and tranquil spot with super friendly staff! $5 per person plus $2 entry (which you only pay once). The mirador and hike around the rim are absolutely stunning. (With stops the hike took us around 5 hours)

April 15th, 2017 La Virgen

Beautiful spot to base yourself for a hike up to the refuge (or further). Quite cold! 4x4 recommended but the road is not as rough as the other comments suggest. We hiked up to the refuge and it took us around 4.5 hours round trip. Be prepared for cold and rainy weather up at the top! (Also, the elevation of the parking area is 12,969 ft, not 8,900ft).

April 15th, 2017 Pizzeria Buona

Delicious and cozy pizza place! Good prices, too: $15 for a 20-slice thin crust pizza. $4 salads. $3 glasses of wine. Great service. Highly recommended!

April 12th, 2017 Campsite P.N. Cotopaxi

Open! Beautiful free campground in the park with plenty of awesome spots in the trees to choose from. Bathrooms are about a 5 min walk from the main camping area. No views of Cotopaxi because it was so foggy - even early in the morning. If you're looking for some hiking, there's a trailhead about a 20 min walk up the service road that's behind the campground. Also, we think a mouse got into our car while we were here so keep your doors shut and don't throw food on the ground around your rig!

February 16th, 2017 Parqueadero VIP

Great, cheap, and secure spot to leave your car (or to camp!) There is someone there 24/7, there are cameras, and they'll even drop off/pick up from the airport at no extra cost. If you're *leaving* your car, the price per day goes down the longer you're gone. We were gone for 8 weeks and paid only $10/*WEEK*! If you camp, yes it's $10/day. Highly recommended.

February 15th, 2017 Bigote Vegetarian Restaurant

Great little spot with delicious veggie burgers and tons of salads! And super affordable at $4/burger! (Try the Baja). They also have some non-veg options like chicken but it's mostly veg.


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