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Date Place Comment
February 13th, 2017 Hacienda Guaytara

Kind of pricey but *awesome* spot right near volcan antisana! $8/person per night and you can camp either up near the restaurant or down next to the river, which is the prime spot. Super tranquil and they'll even give you wood to build a fire. (First have to check in/pay up at the restaurant, which is where the bathrooms/wifi are). We also bought a liter of fresh cows milk every morning for only fifty cents! Ended up staying 3 nights.

February 5th, 2017 Hotel Crystal

Basic, cheap, and clean hotel with secure garage and super friendly owner. (My bf would like me to add there's no toilet seat). $15/night for a double. Ask for a room with windows. Hot shower. Slow wifi.

February 3rd, 2017 Refugio Cayambe

Really nice refuge with incredible views of the glacier. Free to camp. $14pp for a bed. Bathrooms and restaurant. It was about a 2.5-3 hour drive from Otavalo, and most of it is a dirt road. The road is really bad for the last 5-6km so 4x4 and high clearance is definitely required. If you're like us and didn't want to pay the $$ to summit the glacier, you can follow a sendero to the base of it to get a little hiking in. Refuge is at 15,100ft so it's COLD.

February 2nd, 2017 Mojando Lake

Beautiful spot right on the lake. Hidden from main road. Tons of mosquitos when we stayed because there are lots of small pools with stagnant water. Nobody around. FREE.

January 29th, 2017 Finca Sommerwind

Like all of the other comments, this place is a real treat. Friendly owners, tons of space, good facilities (with consistently hot water!), good wifi, lots of other overlanders, and fresh homemade bread ($4) and marmelade ($2.50)!! $5pp. No height restrictions.

January 28th, 2017 Hotel Chambu

Great place to stay before crossing into Ecuador. Price has gone up to 80k/night but the showers were super hot and the beds were comfortable and clean. Fast wifi. Secure parking available under the hotel but anything over 2.6m won't fit.

January 24th, 2017 Casa de Francois

Fine place to stay in San Agustin. (Casa Nelly looked much better but it was full). 55k for a private room with a shared bathroom. Room was not very clean and the sheets were kind of dirty. Very rustic, in our opinion. Bathrooms with hot showers, fast wifi, and kitchen that guests can use.

January 22nd, 2017 Cabañas Parque Del Puracé

Good place to base yourself for a hike up the volcano. 10k per person for entrance to the park, 5k/night to sleep in the car, and 35k for a guide (which is required). They're still figuring out the guide program so a bit of patience is required. We left for the hike around 8am and got back around 4pm. Bathrooms, cold shower, and restaurant. There is wifi but it's super limited (Whatsapp and texts). Here's the password since they'll likely tell you it's "not working": #KioscoDigital5127#

January 21st, 2017 Ecoparque Rayos del Sol

Super tranquil stay with very friendly owners! 15k per person and includes fast wifi (not near the camping area), electricity, and bathroom/shower. Not many places to stay in Popayan so this was a very convenient stop (only 20 min from Popayan).

January 18th, 2017 Tecnomotriz - Professional Auto Shop

Incredible service with a very friendly owner, Henry, who also speaks English. He squeezed us in immediately after arriving and the work was high quality and very affordable. He also connected us with another shop who installed security films for our windows at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended! Would've gotten even more work done here if we had more time.

January 17th, 2017 Camping La Casa de los Sueños

Such a wonderful stay with a beautiful family! Teo and Johana love hosting overlanders and are even planning a long-term road trip themselves. Be sure to text or call them because sometimes they go to Cali to visit family on the weekends. They also wanted us to mention that they would be moving to a bigger property in Sylvia in the near future to more comfortably host travelers (another reason to call or text them in advance). Wifi, hot shower, bathroom, and incredible company!

January 16th, 2017 Hotel El Refugio

Great place to base yourself for a trip to the ruins. Super nice people. You can sleep in your car in the secure parking lot or pitch a tent in the backyard near the pool where it's much more tranquil. 5k total with bathrooms and shower. No wifi. May be a height restriction at the entrance - I don't remember.

January 15th, 2017 Restaurante y Cabañas las hamacas. Neiva ruta sur

Good stop-over place. Owners were very friendly and welcoming. Wifi, bathrooms, cold showers, and electricity if you need it. They first asked for 30k but we referenced the last check-in that said they paid 20k, so it was 20k in the end.

January 13th, 2017 Tatacoa - just another spot

Such a beautiful spot! And we loved that it was hidden from the road - the police never stopped by but we saw them drive past us on the main road multiple times. Very quiet at night. Lots of no-see-ums. Pican duro!

January 12th, 2017 Valley view on dry conditions

Beautiful place! And definitely the quietest wild camping spot we've visited on the trip. Some horses went by in the afternoon and morning but other than that it was just us. Incredible views of the valley.

January 3rd, 2017 Outside Termales de Santa Rosa

Didn't camp here but went to the Balneario and it was insanely crowded - literally hundreds of people. We were here the week after New Years so that's probably why. Also very expensive. 38k a person for not very hot pools and really basic/dirty facilities (no showers in the bathrooms - have to use showers outside which are public and cold).

January 3rd, 2017 Finca El Mocambo

Awesome spot. It's so refreshing to stay at a place that doesn't count how many times you use the bathroom or care if you drive on their grass ;) Usually 18k per person including breakfast but we opted out of the breakfast so it was 15k per person. You can walk to Salento on a trail through the mountains (about 40min). We were also able to leave our car here while we did a trek in Los Nevados. Great place!

January 1st, 2017 EcoGlampling

Still under construction and not at all ready to accept *anyone* - not just overlanders. Check back in a few months.

January 1st, 2017 Centro Recreacional Marcelandia

Best spot in the area, in our opinion. The security guard let us drive onto the grass to camp but then the woman who manages the place got upset with him, so I'm not sure that will be possible anymore. Otherwise you camp in the parking lot. Super busy during the day because were there right after the new year but it was super tranquil at night. Hot shower, bathrooms, water, and there is usually wifi but it wasn't working while we were there.

December 30th, 2016 El Sifon

Not free anymore but still cheap - 10k a night (2 people). The conditions of the actual campsite are not so pretty - you're camping 10ft from the pig pen and there is chicken and sheep shit everywhere - but the views *are* incredible. And, yes, you can most definitely see the snow-capped mountain of El Ruiz. It was fogged in by 8am, though, so you gotta be up early. Super cold at night. (And for 1k you can buy a cup of fresh cows milk from Maribel - so delicious!)

December 28th, 2016 Finca Hotel Vegas del Sol

Just a bit down the road from Confenalco and, while maybe not as "nice," it is a lot more tranquil. Only a few people were there when we stayed. And you don't have to sleep in the parking lot. A little pricey at 20,000 for the tent plus 10,000 per person for the facilities, but that included use of the super clean pool, wifi, bathrooms and shower. Good stopover.

December 28th, 2016 EcoHotel La Juanita

Beautiful place right outside the city of Manizales. 20k per person with wifi, bathrooms/shower, and a natural pool. There are two camping areas: 1) the main one near the pool which is for ground tents but you have to park your car 500ft away and 2) the mini soccer field that's super private and tranquil and allows you to camp with your car (which matters if you're in a ground tent, like us). Not big rig friendly, unfortunately. Really friendly and accommodating owner/employees. Wifi was slow and went out often.

December 9th, 2016 Rio Claro La Peña Zona de Camping

Beautiful and tranquil spot right by the river. 10k per person with bathrooms and a cold outdoor shower with great water pressure. We were here over the weekend and trucks came to pick people up from rafting between 11am and 5pm but it wasn't disturbing at all. (If you're facing the river, the spot at the far right is best if you want to be out of their way when they arrive).

December 8th, 2016 Hacienda La Aurora

Good stopover. Bathrooms, cold shower, lots of space. 20k for two people. A little loud at night but not so bad. Pool was very dirty.

December 6th, 2016 Hacienda normandia

Price per *person* is now 20k/night. It's a nice and tranquil spot but not necessarily anything special for 20k/person, in my opinion. Bathrooms, super hot showers, and wifi all within the courtyard of the hacienda. The horse trainer/guy who maybe helps take care of the place and when the owners are away is super friendly. Can't remember his name. (Follow the directions to the gate on the main road. It will probably be locked but the horse trainer lives in the brown house to the right, if you're facing the gate, and can let you in.)

December 4th, 2016 Embalse de Tominé

Lovely, quiet, and private campground across the street from the little market ("El Kiosk"). *Must first ask/pay Edgar at the market.* No facilities where you camp but there are bathrooms and water across the highway. 15k for two people. (Also, he wanted us to add his phone number just in case +573192556710)

December 3rd, 2016 Iguana 4X4 - Bogota CLOSED

*CLOSED* Super friendly and helpful but unfortunately they only have the shop in Barranquilla now. Hernando went out of his way to help us with a small problem with our car right before closing the shop. Highly recommend his services if you're going through Barranquilla and need some work done!

November 28th, 2016 Renacer Hostel Colombian Highlands

Echoing everyone else when I say this is a beautiful spot! There weren't many people there when we stayed so it was extra tranquil. Seems like there are only 2 spots for cars up near the reception but, if it's full, they may let you stay in the parking area. 16k per person with wifi, bathrooms, hot showers, and electricity. (If you're looking to get some exercise I highly recommend renting a bike from them and going to all the little tourist attractions in the area - especially the fossil museum and the winery).

November 27th, 2016 Finca San Pedro

Beautiful place and super clean but a bit more than we are used to paying. And if you're sleeping in a ground tent, they don't allow you to pitch it near where you park you car. 15k per person. Wifi, bathrooms, showers, and kitchen that you have access to if you want it.

November 25th, 2016 Hacienda La Esperanza

Open. 10k per person to camp and no longer includes use of the bathrooms (there is a pit toilet up near the sheep pen he let us use). They also don't serve food anymore. Not the nicest area to pitch a tent but the trailhead to Laguna Grande is in their backyard (Not allowed to go all the the way to the lake right now because the park is closed but they are permitting people to hike to the mirador above the waterfall where you have a view of El Pulpito del Diablo glacier).


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