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March 21st, 2016 Bahia del Lago

Beautiful but expensive spot right on the lake. 50q per person per night but since were 3 cars and 6 people, we were able to negotiate them down to 33q per car (which you only have to pay one time). Bathrooms with hot showers, wifi, electricity at sites, and awesome view of the volcanos. Restaurant onsite, as well.

March 18th, 2016 Hotel Villa Linda

This place was a delightful stop on the way to Chichicastenango. It may not be the most "beautiful" location but the family that runs this place is so warm and welcoming you forget you're sleeping in a parking lot. 60q per car and that included a bathroom, warm shower, wifi, and electricity! (You have to run an extension cord into their hotel) They also make amazing food: 15q for breakfast, 20q for lunch, 15q for dinner. If you visit, tell them Ashwin and Olivia say hi!

March 13th, 2016 Turista Police Car Park

Awesome, safe and secure spot in the middle of the city! FREE, no wifi, no bathrooms, no showers, no electricity. Thankfully our friends have a military toilet so the no bathroom thing wasn't a problem, but McDonalds is only a 5 minute walk away and you can use their bathrooms for free. The campground is super quiet during the week but apparently on the weekends it can get pretty crowded. Super friendly cops!

March 11th, 2016 Volcan Ipala

Yes, you can drive up to the crater and camp either in your car about 100m from the top or in a tent at the top. To get to the road, drive PAST the main entrance to the park (about 10-15 minutes) and you'll see a sign that says "Laguna Ipala" on your left. Take that turn and follow the road all the way up. It's about an hour drive. You *do* have to pay 10q per car to park and 10q per person for admission. So worth it! It was beautiful. No wifi, showers, or electricity but there are bathrooms.

March 9th, 2016 La Caballeriza Hotel

Such an amazing spot! And, yes, it's still free! WIFI, bathrooms, showers, and you can run an extension cord into the bathroom for electricity. To use the pool there is a fee of 25q each day but it's totally worth it. Everyone was super friendly. Just talk to the guys at the restaurant right after you turn onto the property about camping and they'll get you settled.

March 6th, 2016 Marinita Restaurante & Hotel in Mariscos

Great little spot if you're looking to break up your drive and/or stay on Lake Izabal! 25q per car with a gated parking lot right on the lake. Electricity (may be charged for it), bathrooms, cold showers, and restaurant. No wifi. Yes, you can definitely pitch a tent here!

March 5th, 2016 Bruno's Hotel (Marina)

Pretty crappy but unfortunately there really aren't any other options in this area. It was super loud at night and is essentially just a really ugly parking lot. Nothing special. 50q per car. Wifi, bathrooms, showers, and another 50q if you want electricity.

March 4th, 2016 Turistico Paraíso

Flat, grassy campground only 10 min walk from Cascada Aguas Calientes, one of the best water experiences yet on our trip! Pretty noisy because it is right next to the road and the owners of the restaurant started playing music early in the morning but it's a good spot. 25q per person, which includes access to the waterfall, no wifi, restaurant, kind of dirty bathrooms, no showers. We *were* able to plug into one of the outlets in the restaurant, so getting electricity is possible. Super friendly hosts, too!

March 2nd, 2016 Utopia Eco Hotel

Great campground only 15 min drive to Semuc Champey. We actually camped 50-100 meters up the hill on the crest of the road that goes down to Utopia (NOT in their designated camping area but still their property). It's a beautiful grassy knoll with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. 25q per person with access to bathrooms, showers (sometimes hot), slow wifi, and a reasonably priced vegetarian restaurant. No electricity.

February 29th, 2016 Cooperativa Chicoj Coban

Nice and quiet place about 20 min outside of the city (Coban). It functions as a coffee farm AND boarding school, so we met a lot of super sweet and curious teenagers during the day. 25q per person to camp and 60q per person for a 1.5-2hr tour of the finca. Electricity, bathrooms, cold shower, no wifi, no restaurant.

February 29th, 2016 Lanquin - Grutas

Good stop if you've been driving all day and need a place to rest up before embarking on the adventure to Semuc Champey. 35q for one car and 30q per person to enter the caves. Not sure what the price would be if you only wanted to camp and not see the caves. Lots of flat space. Pit toilets, no wifi, no showers, no water, no electricity.

February 25th, 2016 Hacienda San Antonio

Incredibly beautiful farm up in the mountains outside Nebaj (about an hour drive from town). 100q per car to camp and there *is* space for more than one vehicle. (They also have cabanas for 150q per person) Restaurant, bathroom, wifi, cold showers. Well worth the visit!!

February 21st, 2016 Todos Santos Cuchumatan Parquero

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February 7th, 2016 Balneario Ojo De Agua Tlacotepec

Arrived at 6pm, paid 15 pesos per person, and the guy said the same thing about maybe having to pay again in the morning. When we woke up and went to use the bathroom the new guys did in fact say we had to pay again, but after challenging them a little they let it go. Not the nicest place but a good stopping point if you need one.

February 1st, 2016 Cascadas El Aguacero

Beautiful, quiet place. You can stay up in the parking lot or walk down to the waterfalls to camp. (Highly recommend bringing a tent down to the falls!) $50 per person (and you don't need to pay $150 for someone to watch your car overnight if you decide to camp at the falls) No wifi, electricity, or water hookups but there are bathrooms and a small restaurant.

January 26th, 2016 El Madronal

Military checkpoint. Waved us through

January 26th, 2016 Eco Tziscao

Beautiful campground on the lake. $50 per person with wifi, hot showers, and a restaurant. Can't beat it!

January 26th, 2016 Rancho San Nicolas

$100 per person, wifi was on and off, within walking distance to el centro, nice and quiet campground!

January 21st, 2016 Maya Bell Campground

$190 for two people and electricity. Safe, quiet, beautiful campground only 20 minute walk from ruins! No wifi. Cheap restaurante.

January 15th, 2016 Yax Ha Resort

Just as good as everyone says it is! And lots of other overlanders here. So happy this place exists!

January 14th, 2016 Yax Ha Resort

Just as good as everyone says it is! And lots of other overlanders here. So happy this place exists!

January 14th, 2016 Baboon Sanctuary

Camped further back into the property - near the cabañas. It's not run by the same people who offer camping next to the visitor center, but I think it's the same price and much nicer, IMO. Just ask for Roy. 10B per person and he let us use the bathroom of one of the empty cabañas. Also offered to make us dinner for an extra 20B per person.

January 13th, 2016 Cabañas Camping Ria Celestún

Camping and cabañas right on the beach - 100 pesos per person. Bathrooms, no showers, no wifi. Not the cleanest or quietest place but got the job done.

January 13th, 2016 Mana Kai

Clean, beautiful, and flat campground within walking distance of downtown San Ignacio! Right across the street from a giant produce market open 7 days/week. Wifi, showers, kitchen, electricity and water hookup

January 10th, 2016 Backpacker’s Paradise

Quiet and clean campground in the middle of the jungle! She has cabanas, as well. Wifi, bathrooms, showers (w hot water!), kitchen, screened-in communal room w hammocks. Serves breakfast and dinner for extra charge. Only a mile or so from the ferry that takes you to San Pedro where you can catch a water taxi to Caye Caulker. You can leave your car on her property for only 5B/day. Excellent place!

January 4th, 2016 Cocalitos Bacalar

Such a great spot! Clean grassy area, quiet at night (during the day it attracts a lot of families), and a great place to swim. $100 pesos per person/night when we were there. No wifi but we just went down the road to a hotel and used theirs. You can also rent kayaks so we took one out for 4 hours and saw all the same places you would see on the expensive boat tour. (300 pesos for 4 hours)

January 1st, 2016 Camping Chavez Tulum

Cheapest camping option we could find on the beach side - 150 pesos per person. It was super crowded because we were there the week between Xmas and New Years but it worked out great. It's RIGHT on the beach. Small kitchen, no wifi, bathrooms and hot showers, and super nice hosts!


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