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Date Place Comment
August 11th, 2019 Overlander Oasis

All the excellent reviews about this place are right on. This was our favourite spot to camp. Intended to stay only a few days and ended up extending our stay to a week and a half. This is a perfect spot for tent campers. Bathrooms are clean, wifi is super fast and the campground is ideally situated. Walking distance to El Tule, close to Oaxaca City, the ruins, Pueblo Mancomunados and many other sites. Leanne and Calvin are very welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. They also foster a sense of community with the other campers and it just makes for a really nice stay. Highly recommended. Would definitely be our go to place to stay when we are in the area again. Definitely contact them ahead of time to inform of dates you intend to stay. They respond quickly.

July 22nd, 2019 Ixpanpajul Nature Park

Arrived around 3 pm. As others have stated need to get here before they close at 4 if you want to camp. Paid 75 Q per person. Our 12 year old was free. Bathroom is modern and was very clean. Showers had good water pressure but no hot water. Donkeys, goats and horses roaming free. At one point during the evening had two donkey faces peering into tent and we had our tent under the palapa. We were the only ones there. We were on our way to Tikal from Coban and it was a good place to stop.

July 21st, 2019 Hotel Casa Jose

Hotel Casa Jose is located at the end of a quiet residential street in Coban. Eliana is the owner and her house is next to the hotel (formerly house converted to provide 4-5 rooms of varying sizes all with private bathroom).
Found this after a long day of driving using booking.com. Was able to negotiate a rate for two adults and one child (12 years old) - paid 250quetzales for the night. She very kindly accommodated our request for dinner (25q pp) and also provides breakfast on site for an extra fee. Place is super nice and clean, beds are comfortable, great water pressure and you don't have to wait for hot water. Rooms are themed and we stayed in Las Conchas. Free WiFi which was decent. They offer secure gated parking for one or two cars - our Defender was able to fit. Otherwise parking on the street in front of the hotel. A welcome find after a long day of driving.

July 19th, 2019 Pasaj cap - Lago Atitlan

Agree with previous posts. This is our favourite spot so far. Breathtaking views of the lake. We tent camped and it was flat and grassy. The whole place is lovely. Toilets and showers were cleaned on a daily basis. Sink area to clean up your dishes. Able to pick up the water taxi from Pierre's dock which is great to explore the other towns. Close walk to town also. Love that he is so organized and provides a comprehensive Q and A handout. He also sells wine and other goodies that seemed reasonably priced. We paid 105 quetzales for two adults and one child. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend. We were sad to leave.

July 12th, 2019 Road into Amatenango from West.

Drove this route today. Pretty drive through the pines with no sign of trouble.

July 10th, 2019 Road block

Drove Palenque to San Cristo. Beautiful drive through the mountains. No sign of roadblocks today.

July 1st, 2019 Finca Santa Monica

Place looks nice but virtually no amenities. PROS: walking distance to Edward James Surrealist Garden which is amazing. Centre palapa is an option to set up your tent if it's available when you arrive. CONS: if you are tent camping like us, there are few options to set up as the field is quite hilly. The ground was also really wet and soft and muddy in some places. The showers and washrooms were awful and appeared to not have been cleaned in who knows how long - like toilet in women's washroom was plugged with feces and the urinal in the men's washroom was filled with some sort of fluid. Other campers tried using the showers but they weren't working despite soliciting assistance from staff. We paid 250 pesos for two adults and one child before knowing the toilet situation. We were also desperate as options for tent camping in the area were limited.

June 29th, 2019 Via Centennario

Really enjoyed staying here. Beautiful site. Tent camped under the shade of a large tree. Cooled off using the pool onsite which was a decent size and clean. Clean bathrooms and showers.Owners have mango, orange and banana trees that surround the campsite and they shared some of their mangoes which were delicious. Alejandro, brother of the woman who runs the site speaks English and showed us the Arbol Millenial and thermal springs behind the ranch. Conca mission is about a 10 minute walk away. The town is beautiful. Everyone is very friendly. Paid 120 pesos per person and felt it was worth it.

June 25th, 2019 Rancho el Sendero

Nice place with clean hot showers, potable water from a mountain spring, community kitchen and great view of the mountains. Not too far from town. Good for kids. Nice grassy area for tent camping. Mini orchard of figs and limes which owner shared with us. Everyone very friendly. 120 pesos / adult and 80 pesos for our 12 year old.

June 22nd, 2019 Llama Land Tent Camping

Friendly hosts, and a Texas field full of Llamas. We set up our tent under mature trees and relaxed in the breeze amongst a herd of Llamas. in the morning our daughter bottle fed a young one. A perfect break from busy state campgrounds; we had the place to ourselves.

June 18th, 2019 Lake Catherine state park

Beautiful park
with swimming, hiking and other pay for activities such as kayaking. Facilities were clean with running toilet and water steps away from campsite. Price 13 per night. Great for kids also. Saw deer, armadillo, turtles and lots of different birds. We enjoyed it!


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