wanderingtheamericas.com Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
October 6th, 2019 Powell Springs

Place is still here and is a nice enough place with lots of shade.

It is definitely acceptable for big rig overland vehicles but I doubt it would be okay for a full size RV’s.

September 20th, 2019 FAKE CHECKPOINT WARNING!

When we passed it was just an old toll location with pleasant people looking for donations.

September 18th, 2019 Magdalena, Motel Kino

According to previous post this is not an open campground. I am marking it as a hotel.

September 16th, 2019 Well hidden Batopilas or Satevo to Guachochi

We didn’t sleep here but we did encounter many armed men extremely close to here. No harm to us just uncomfortable.

September 16th, 2019 Road Washout

This road is currently not passable due to a very large washout. There is also a history of washouts on this road and it will likely be remedied this year.

The roadway is paved and is frequently one way due to rocks which has fallen onto the road. It seems to be passable by any vehicle but I would suggest high clearance.

September 15th, 2019 Hotel

This is a higher end hotel with secure parking, the entry might be tight some larger vehicles but local transit vans fit.

Holiday weekend cost was 800 MEX
Showers and sinks have hot water
The hotel has AC
Accepted out dog after many questions and some time watching her
No wifi when we visited but power was out so not sure if they have it

The parking area is large, it’s possible they would permit camping within it - we didn’t ask

September 10th, 2019 Road closed

It seems there is a permanent road closure heading up popo at a three way intersection, this does not impact the road up/down to and from the visitors center.

September 5th, 2019 Trailer Park Las Americas

For us this place has been great, we visited a few times from April through September 2019. The area is a large courtyard with some wealthy houses, Airbnb’s and an established camping area with power and water.

Toilets- their in good shape, just use the ones they tell you to use, the dirty ones aren’t owned by the company that does the camping.

We have a now 2 year old 25kg/55lb female dog and we return for her, she gets so much exercise with the dogs here.
On site dogs:
- <1 year male husky- owned by staff or campground -timid, playful and steals things to destroy them.
- >2 year male border collie- owned by a permanent resident -great with our dog but pee’s on things.
- >3 year Male Weimaraner- owned by campground -great with our dog, eats shoes and anything else left out.
- >5 year female mix- she is aggressive but maintained. She stayed by the guard gate and usually on a leash. We have not had a problem with her but we have never gotten close to her

September 3rd, 2019 pemex

It seems this location is southbound only and there is not a second one northbound.

September 3rd, 2019 Hotel San José

The AC is quiet!

Good enough for a night, accepted our dog and even had a small grass space!

September 3rd, 2019 Pemex

There is a Pemex north and south bound at this location.

September 2nd, 2019 Pet Center Clínica

Easy place to get a health certificate. They are a vet office and they sell basic medication.

Spanish speaking but we don’t speak Spanish and had success.
Open weekdays after 9AM.

August 31st, 2019 Talisman, Chiapas, Mexico to El Carmen, San Marcos, Guatemala

Guatemala into Mexico:

This border requires only the vehicle driver to drive the vehicle through the lane. All passengers and pets must exit and walk through. Driver should keep his documents and vehicle documents with him white he drives through.

DOG: health certificate must be valid within 15 days.

August 1st, 2019 Turnoff to road 62 (Escalante)

There was a police stop here today, police were hiding but we didn’t cross the yellow line until they showed themselves and waved us through. Not sure what what was going on but we didn’t get pulled over, just laughed at.

July 31st, 2019 Free wifi Central Park

Free and reasonable wifi.

Just though it was worth mentioning that if you stop here you should watch out for all of the men hanging around. we had one guy approach us and block our rear view mirror while another guy stole some soap from the side pouch of our trasharoo.

July 30th, 2019 Police checkpoint - esteli

We approached this check point and traffic was coming through towards us. We pulled up to the cones and stopped. Once the police men waves us through they directed us to pull over. Two men approached and asked and asked for our papers.

In the end four men came over to chat and we spoke only broken Spanish with them. They were friendly and loved our Jeep! Eventually our dog started to growl and they said goodbye.

July 29th, 2019 La Fraternidad, San Marcos de Colon, Honduras to El Espino, Nicaragua


We arrived at 1345 on a Monday and we left at 1715. We were leaving Honduras and that exit was fast (maybe 30mins), the people were kind and chatty.

We were not hassled on either side by ‘helpers’ instead both wides were very calm and orderly.

Our Spanish is very limited but unless we were spoken to in English (a few people were excited to practice) we only spoke Spanish using our limited vocabulary.

Good crossing for dogs, she was inspected and given some water! Total pet fee was $26USD.

July 29th, 2019 Final Border Checkpoint

This is the last place where the officials take a copy of your TIP. If you have a pet they will check the paperwork here, but didn’t take a copy.

July 28th, 2019 faro turístico / parque de la familia

This place is permanently closed.

July 7th, 2019 Le Croissant- Fastest WIFI!!! (+shopping)

Good enough place that we would return to but no matter how many passwords they issued we couldn’t get our Canadian iPhones connected.

July 7th, 2019 Eco parque el espino

We were charged $5pp, $5 for the vehicle parking and no fee for our dog. Restaurant seemed fine and they open super early, we didn’t go. Really close to the city.

July 6th, 2019 Hammock Plantation

Amazing place, we were welcomed like old friends.

DOG OWNERS: this is a place worth stopping, our dog was also welcomed as though she was family.

Something not covered in previous posts is that there is no need to bring groceries here, there are multiple trucks passing my daily selling all sorts of things (bread, vegetables, fruit, eggs).

June 17th, 2019 Pasaj cap - Lago Atitlan

Dog people: we have a hyper 1.5 year old dog and together with Pierre’s information of his dogs there were no issues. Don’t be concerned with taking you dog if you can keep you dog under control.

Other notes, it’s a great place.

We camped on location 8 and there were a significant amount of Andes Mosquitoes there when we visited.

May 26th, 2019 Banos El Recreo, Almolonga

We arrived as the sun was setting, we asked about sleeping overnight and using their facilities in the morning. This was not an issue. We don’t speak Spanish but we shared some beers.

The next morning we enjoyed their facilities and spent the day with the family on their property in the mountains. We asked and they let us sleep in the mountain that night although no one else has camped there before.

For us it was absolutely an amazing experience.

The only cost was the cost to use their facility. The board inside posting prices are 25-60 pesos per hour per person.

-They have a Jeep and are Jeep people, if you have a Jeep you won’t regret going there.
-Mountain road requires 4x4, high clearance and a narrow vehicle.
-They love animals, our dog was welcome but we didn’t enter the facility with her.
-Camp location is a parking lot.

May 26th, 2019 Banos el Recreo, Almolonga

Although this place doesn’t look all that open it is and it is wonderful!

Prices are on a board inside, we didn’t note all of them but were 25-60Q.

May 24th, 2019 Military checkpoint

We were waved through, no stopping required.

May 24th, 2019 Road Condition Consideration

This road considering may as well be removed. This road is fine.

May 24th, 2019 Landslide? Missing road - narrow pass

Some construction still in process, nothing significant to note.

May 24th, 2019 Camping with Palapas & River

Dog people: dogs are welcome here but not allowed in the river (even though you drive through it three times to get here).

25 pesos per person to enter
30 pesos to park here but I think you can park elsewhere for free
100 pesos for palapa (we arrived late and the fee still applied)

Nice place and great location for Guatemala border.
Clean bucket flush toilets open all night.

May 4th, 2019 Road block

Road block with seasoned adults manning it, demanded 50PESOS. No option to pass without paying and/or conflict.