theroamingvan Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
February 18th, 2020 Laguna Cocha

Wonderful quiet place to stay with a great view on the laguna and the mountains, surrounded by a beautiful nature and old ruins.

February 15th, 2020 Spot with a view

Flat spot big enough for two vehicles on the road to Laguna Llaca. Great views on the mountains without anybody around. The road to come here is pretty rough with rocks, small river paths and holes, but we made it with our 2WD Dodge RAM. You can also just let you van here during the hike to Laguna Llaca.

February 14th, 2020 Willkawain Ruinas

Stayed here for the night because it was to dark for this road made of holes to go further (under the parqueo sign). In the morning, an old man spoke nicely with us and ask for a propina. We gave 5soles to him and he was happy !

February 13th, 2020 Rio Santa Pirate Camp

Nice place to stay, but there were rocks blocking volontarily the access (easy to move but not very welcoming)

February 3rd, 2020 Zaruma

Zaruma is very steep and the streets are not made for huge cars. No problem with our 6 meters long van but we preferred letting it here. Maps and made us go in crazy steep streets that can be hard for big rigs, so you can find a map with the best way to come here in the pictures. The wood houses near the church are really cute by the way.

February 2nd, 2020 entry from road

This place is permanently closed.

February 2nd, 2020 Motocross field wildcamp

Like said before, there's a gate which can be closed during the week. Ask before if you don't want to be closed inside.

February 2nd, 2020 Forest Wild Camping

Same that the others points here. You can only enter by the motocross entrance, which can be closed during the week...

February 2nd, 2020 small dead end side road from panam

No more dead end here. There are two roads. On the right there are houses and it's not flat. On the left, you arrived at a more or less flat place, near a volley ground and houses. There was too much people when we arrived on a sunday.

February 2nd, 2020 entry from road

This entrance is blocked by a big hole. You can take this road if you enter by the motocross gate, but it can be closed during the week.

February 2nd, 2020 Parque Carigan FREE Camping

Perfect place to stay, but we arrived a sunny day and it was full. Not one small place to park, we had to continue our way..

February 1st, 2020 Mechanica Integral- English speaking

Excellent mechanic, he did a very professionnal job on our Dodge Ram for a very fair price. He also took a long time to make a diagnostic about a weird noise that other mechanic couldn't define. We recommend this place !

January 30th, 2020 Ali's Kitchen

This place is permanently closed.

January 26th, 2020 Hosteria Dos Chorreras, Cajas NP before the

No overlander permitted

January 26th, 2020 Hosteria Dos Chorreras, Cajas NP before the

No overlander permitted

January 24th, 2020 Home-made bread

Don't wait for a crusty european style bread, you will be as disappointed as us. They are small and soft breads made by Ecuadorians in a south american tradition. Once you know that, it's a good bread compare to other breads in panaderias.

January 24th, 2020 Mendogas

The guy at the entrance was nice but said us we couldn't go in with our car. There would have been no problem if it wasn't a fixed tank.

January 24th, 2020 Bush Camp Among Pine Trees

There are plenty of flat spots along this road, and small ways going in the "forest" or where you can be hidden from the road. Great and quiet place to stay !

January 22nd, 2020 Salinas

Quiet, dark at night and no houses directly around.

January 22nd, 2020 No name

We stopped there after. It's a little bit expensive but the portions are huge and the food was one of the best we tried on the coast. The cazuela was incredible !

January 18th, 2020 Control police

This place is permanently closed.

January 17th, 2020 sundown

Nice place to stay, in front of the sea, 2km from Canoa. You can enjoy the sunset from the hammocks, Juan Carlos is really welcoming and can sell you beers and sodas. Best quiet place to stay for a decent price around

January 16th, 2020 Punta Prieta

They didn't look really happy to see us and asked us 5pp/pn. So we continued our way.

January 16th, 2020 Hosteria Camare

They ask now 7.50$pp/pn. We asked them why they increased their price, they said us they were not earning enough money before so they changed it in 2020.... We left.

January 16th, 2020 Control police

We didn't see any police control here..

January 14th, 2020 Casa Coral

With a meter, the entrance is at 2.90, but it depends of the sand(not soft !) under itπŸ˜‰ This place is a paradise, 10 meters from the beach, 200 meters to the center. There's a nice terrace, and a kitchen well equiped. It's quiet, even the week-ends. 4$pppn.

January 10th, 2020 Police control

Not exactly same place, but probably same unfriendly and stupid policeman. He wanted 800$ for an expirated date on our immatriculation certificate. After 20 minutes of explanations, while he was putting us under pressure and searching anything to charge us, we said we could go to the police station and he just let us go......

January 10th, 2020 Fuel Station

Ininterrupted trucks traffic jam all night long. No place to be hidden from the noisy road... Not recommended πŸ˜…

December 20th, 2019 Mindo by the river parking area

Enough place for three vans or more. Really safe and street lights around all night long. But soooo many blackflies !

December 20th, 2019 Treehouse El Eden

We absolutely loved this place ! Nice terrace with a great view and hundreds of hummingbirds, there's electricity on it. They purpose nightwalks for 10$ but we went by ourselves with a light and saw kinkajus (small mammals). They are giving them bananas. Watch the boards in the trees, just after a kind of ponds. Entrance at 2.80m, 20cm more if you move the entrance sign.