vantastiks Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
July 24th, 2020 Coin-du-banc

The place has a sign with no overnight camping from 22h00-07h00!

August 31st, 2019 Memos Transmission & Auto Repair

Memo is an excellent mechanic.
He asked a very fair price for all the good work he’s done. He even repaired stuff other mechanics had no idea about!
You can assist working if you like.
They speak both English and Spanish.
Very recommended!

+1 (801) 557 0695

August 15th, 2019 Laundromat

DIY Laundromat in Mount Shasta.

$2.75 -18lb (single load)
$5.50 -35lb (triple load)

Every 5min of dryer costs 25 cents.

August 7th, 2019 KC Auto Mechanic

Karl is a great guy! He’s originally from GB and his humour and mechanical skills are the absolute best.
He was very helpful and asked a very fair price for all the work he‘s done on our Dodge Ram B250 1988.
Normally we’re used to lose time at the mechanic, but with Karl we learned and laughed a lot.

VERY RECOMMENDED!
+1 (530) 542-3277

August 5th, 2019 Miller Brothers!

These mechanics are very professional!
They checked on our van directly, even with a lot of people waiting, so we could hit the road after no time at all. Very recommended!

+1 (209) 962 7784

July 29th, 2019 Trujillo‘s Burritos

The burritos here are the ABSOLUTE best!!
Totally authentic mexican food!
The carne asada ones for 7.25 USD are just out of this world!
There are some parking spots outside the restaurant.

July 26th, 2019 Acambaro

The restaurant is open until 4pm.
We arrived a bit after, but they were happy to serve us two Margaritas (100MXP/ Margarita), which were delicious!
Spent the night (incl. WC) for a little contribution.

July 25th, 2019 Amazing $1 TACOS (Mariscos Satos)

Sweet Jesus! This place is just the dream 😍.

- 3 Shrimp Tacos
- 3 Fish Tacos
- 1 Tostada de Ceviche
- 2 Soft drinks
Total : 218MXP

I am so happy this was on iOverlander!! Thank you so much!

July 22nd, 2019 Fish Tacos, Tacos el muelle

The food truck isn’t here anymore!!! 😩
Maybe you will be luckier than us!

July 22nd, 2019 little salar in the reserve viscaino

Indeed a spot where you will be for yourself.
We enjoyed the cold night now during summer time :)
Careful: The salt flat was very hard and so we wanted to park our 2WD on it. Don’t make the same mistake!! We got stuck and it was difficult to get out... the salt is just a crust, underneath is mud!

July 21st, 2019 Tacos el paisano

Good stop for lunch!
- Tacos (Pastor/ Asado/ Chorizo) 24MXP
- Tortas (al the above options) 60MXP
The one I prefered was Tacos al Pastor (with corn tortilla- you also have the flour tortilla option)! YUM YUM YUM!

July 21st, 2019 Beach Camp

The panorama is just incredibly beautiful here. We went snorkelling, the water was clear, but we didn’t see much underwater life.
The night now in July was hot.

!! Locals came by in the late afternoon drank a whole bunch of beers, accompanied with VERY LOUD traditional music. When they left (4 hours later) they left ALL the trash behind !! We couldn’t believe our eyes! 🤬
In the end we collected their garbage...

July 20th, 2019 Desert stay

We spent 2 cold nights here (in the middle of summer- what a luxury!) enjoying the absolute silence, the stars, and being just for ourselves.
During the day it can get quite hot, when in direct sunlight, but perfect in the shade of our awning and the breeze of the wind.
Very recommended!!

July 18th, 2019 Playa Las Viudas

Wow! This just felt like going on vacations 😍. The beach is VERY clean, outdoor showers (warm) and clean flush toilets.
Turtles come here to lay their eggs. The sea was rough when we were here, but normally it is a beautiful place to go snorkelling (as the guards said). Would go back anytime!

July 18th, 2019 Taco Fish La Paz

WHAT A PLACE!
Soooo good fish tacos!! At the bar you can add as many toppings as you want. Everything is fresh and prepared in front of you (plus: it is very quick)! Staff very friendly.
Don’t miss it!!

July 16th, 2019 Las Pozas - Boca De La Sierra

This place is permanently closed.

July 16th, 2019 Playa Miramar - Northern edge of Cabo Pulmo

We were looking for a „real“ wild camp. Here we found one!
When arriving, take the road to your left. There is a tree, where you can park your vehicle (under 2.7m height) under it.
Little breeze the whole day, but it can get hot (as everywhere in Baja during Summer).
Went swimming - but water is not clear enough to see something...
Be careful on the way in, there are some soft spots. Doable with a 2WD.

July 16th, 2019 Las Pozas - Boca De La Sierra

We arrived, and at the entrance of the site it said „Prohibido el paso. Propriedad privada.“ Turned around.

July 15th, 2019 Playa Tecolote

Beautiful beach, but in the weekends it’s more than crowded (even more now on summer vacations)...
People left around 22h30 and we had the beach for ourselves. Very windy at night :)

Careful with the ground! We got stuck because we had forgotten where we came from...

July 12th, 2019 MEX-40 Free Camp

This spot is good to spend a quiet, and fresh night. Nice scent of pine trees. You won’t be seen from the main road. Some locals passing by, told us it was safe.

July 11th, 2019 FREE Picnic/camp sites on Rio Nazas

Superbe spot with view of the mountains. You can observe a lot of different birds.
The river is refreshing in this hot weather.
Yes, there is some trash lying around, but hey: maybe time for a picking up trash challenge?! ;)

July 11th, 2019 Road block?

Still asking for 50MXP to pass.
Were friendly. Police was around to check for “security”.

July 10th, 2019 Dunas de Bilbao

Great place where we spent two days. Entry +staying the night = 40MXP/pP.
Temperatures are quite high during the day, but with the breeze and the shade of the trees you will enjoy staying in the desert. Wow. Don’t miss the sunsets!
TELCEL full signal.

July 8th, 2019 Real de Catorce ruins

Walked up for an hour, going quite slowly. Beautiful views over the valley and the “Pueblo Fantasma” is amazing.
You can come up with a horse, but it is an easy walk up! Enjoy!

July 8th, 2019 Bad road!

Entering the state of Zacatecas, you will have ~10km of bad, bumpy washboard road. But the drive is scenic, that’s the only plus.

July 7th, 2019 Wild camping near river

Good spot next to a dry river. Very peaceful and low temperatures at night. Some locals (mostly riding horses) were passing by and told us it is a secure spot to sleep.
Recommended!

July 2nd, 2019 San Augustin Chocolate y Churros

Totally overrated!
We came here, because it was in our Lonely Planet as a must. But don’t come. It is average. Not good, not bad.

July 2nd, 2019 Euro-Latino Racing-Services, Professional Repair & Mobile Home Storage

Part 2)
Regarding the work on our van, they replaced both control arms on the front, replaced tie rod ends, replaced the drag link, both auxiliar arms, repainted the parts not changed to protect from oxidation. They also replaced the bushings on both ends of both sides of the leaf spring. They also changed 2 hoses for the radiator and cleaned the AC Unit, and fixed our electric window. Finally, on our demand, they treated and repainted a metal part of 40 cm2 and replaced a propane hose.

Up to now (1 month after reparation), mostly everything that has been done seems to work. We only had two loose bolts on the steering that we fixed, and the electric window that doesn’t work anymore, but the rest is all good.

The big issue for us resides in the management. On day 1, we asked Matthias to give us an approximation of the costs and the hours of work that we were facing. This to plan how long we would stay and how much it would cost us. He told us he would talk with his mechanics. In total we asked 3 times, and never received an answer until the end. We were on site from Tuesday 8am-2pm, Wednesday from 8am- 1pm, Thursday 08am-7pm, Friday 8am- 10am, 2pm-7pm, Saturday 08am - 1pm. So we can say that we're on site more than half of the time. While there, we noted down the hours of work and who was working on our van, this as a back up security for us.

July 2nd, 2019 Euro-Latino Racing-Services, Professional Repair & Mobile Home Storage

Part 1)
CAREFUL!! Read until the end!!

Edit: on the 24th of July, so only 22 days after our visit at Euro-Latino, we had to go to the mechanic again...our steering system was making weird noises. The mechanic showed us how the control arms had been badly mounted. He also told us once more that the hours we paid at Matthias were WAY TOO HIGH!! He could not believe it. Definitely disappointed about the work done.
————-
We have mixed feelings about our experience with Matthias and his shop.

Background information: we own a Dodge Ram B250 1988 and had done regular maintenance on it. We showed up at Matthias shop in order to have a diagnosis done on our rig and fix the encountered issues.

We stayed from Tuesday 0930 to Saturday 1230 at his shop while they were working on our vehicle. During this whole time, Matthias showed us the best hospitality ever. We could us his bathroom and warm(!!) shower, and members of his staff drove us 3 times into town. They were really kind with us and answered every mechanical question we had. Matthias gave us also a lot of really nice insiders tipps about Mexico and was always keen to help us on any matter.

July 2nd, 2019 Euro-Latino Racing-Services, Professional Repair & Mobile Home Storage

Part 3)
On Saturday, Matthias presented us the bill and it was a real slap in the face for us. He told us he had stopped counting the hours when he reached 72 hours. With the noted work and the approximation we did, we reached a total of ~15 hours of work on our van. He explained us that he had made the following calculation to reach his 72 hours: 4 days of work × 9hours per day × 2 mechanics. While on site, we saw only during 2 hours 2 mechanics working at the same time on our van (during 22hours of observation). Moreover during 10 hours of observation, no work was done on and around our van. One entire day, Tuesday, was dedicated to buying spare parts. When they told us about that on Monday, I researched the parts on autozone. I found them all, apart the brushing, in the shop 3 miles away. He went either way on a whole day shoping coming home late night, comenting he could not find the parts. I drove with him the next morning to Autozone, showed him the parts, bought by them, they were fitting perfectly.
After long discussion with Matthias, he offered us to pay "only" 42 hours of work. He had previously offered us his special discount for overlanders, and billing us only 50 hours. He made clear he would not go any lower than 42 hours. So we paid and left.

We waited now a month before writing a comment because we wanted to undersand if we had made a mistake. We visited other mechanics to gather other point of views and we can now affirm that 72 hours of work was pure fantasy. We have the feeling that we got ripped off. We don’t think this is a scam, but just a really poorly managed shop.
We discussed the issue with Matthias during 2 hours he had no better answer than lowering the hours down to 42. We sadly can't recommend this place, even with the good work done.


Back