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Date Place Comment
March 23rd, 2018 Hostel Natura

Really great camping option. Fast WiFi. Was super quiet when we were there but that might not always be the case. Bathrooms and showers worked well enough, electricity (110v weird socket) super chill spot. Helped us out organizing a tour to the Argentina side of the falls. Helped us get a replacement part for our truck. Super fantastic.

February 27th, 2018 Rapidito Ytorotoro

Gas station that was able to fill our US propane bottle. Quick and easy.

January 25th, 2018 Camping Municipal Carlos Xamena

Worst toilets I've ever experienced outside of India. The ammonia stench in the men's room is a serious irritant to the eyes and throat. Poop graffiti too. Awful, just awful. Avoid if possible.

January 22nd, 2018 Triunfo Seguros

Pretty simple process. I didn’t pay anything at the office but have to go make payment at rapipago. 623ars per month for a truck with camper. Covers AR CL BR BO UY 6 month policy

January 5th, 2018 hogas

Easiest propane fill up since the U.S. friendly and chill. Quick too.

December 31st, 2017 Puerto inca

Granted we showed up on NYE but they wanted to charge us 50s per person per night. Noped the hell outta there and parked 50m down the beach for free.

December 20th, 2017 Brazillian Embassy

1. Passport type photo. 2”x2”. If you can get a digital copy of same, that will come in handy.
2. Itinerary. We just typed up a document with approximate entry and exit dates/places and some reasonably sounding intermediate points and dates.
3. Three most recent bank statements. I guess you can decide how much of that information to black out.
4. Fill out the visa application online following the link from here http://lima.itamaraty.gov.br/es-es/visa_de_visitante.xml it’s a government website and it’s horribly broken. SSL certificate is invalid. Don’t even attempt it in Safari. For this step you will need digital copies of your passport photos from step 1. We didn’t have digital copies so I used the scanner pro app and “scanned” my photo. You’ll also need a digital copy of your own signature. Figure that out on your own. They also have some crazy requirements for the file size and resolution of the uploaded photos.
5. It seems I read somewhere that you need to wait 72 hours after submitting the online application but I really don’t know as that’s how it worked for us anyhow. So, take your printed receipt from the online application and the other docs along with $160 USD or whatever the current fee is to the embassy.
6. We waited only 2 days. Turned in application on Monday, visas ready on Wednesday.

December 10th, 2017 Hostal Genova

The hostel in Lima hasn’t got any space for us and we were running out of ideas and daylight so we came here. Honestly, it didn’t look promising. We were able to get into the parking, however. It’s as described in the earlier check-in but I think you have to see it to understand. They quoted us a rate of 36 Soles for a matrimonial but as soon as we got the rig in the parking lot, we realized that the familiar room on the ground floor would be great for us and asked if we could just use the bathroom of that one for the price of the matrimonial. At first she said no, that room is 50. In the end she charged us the matrimonial rate for the familiar room. It’ll do in a pinch.

November 28th, 2017 Cabañas Yanuncay

Humberto, the owner is very kind and helpful. Wifi really good. Bathroom is a bit inconvenient. All in all, not a bad choice while in Cuenca.

November 24th, 2017 Eni Gas

After being refused in Ambato and Salcedo, we drove well out of our way and took a chance with this place. It paid off as they were able to fill our bottle. Praise be to Gretzky.

November 24th, 2017 Eco Gas, Con Gas

The plant in Ambato refused to fill my bottle and suggested I come here. Despite being marked as closed, I took a chance. Most definitely not closed but useless as they wouldn’t fill my bottle either.

November 24th, 2017 Eni/AgipGas

Wouldn’t fill our bottle they said bosses in Quito said no more but the guy was really surly. Maybe you’ll have better luck? For what it’s worth we are in the same rig and same propane bottle as from the original checkin here so they do have the ability to fill it.

November 18th, 2017 Hosteria las Orquideas

Good option for camping above Baños and near the casa de arbol.

November 17th, 2017 Zea taller de aire acondicianado

Our truck a/c needed a service and this place was handy.

November 17th, 2017 Automotriz Pérez

Needed brakes and a transmission oil change. This mechanic was recommended to us by Pablo from Zumag Sisa hostel. All good.

November 11th, 2017 Zumag Sisa (Hostal & Camping)

Wow. Pablo and Marcia are the best. Pretty nice place. Secure and level.

November 4th, 2017 Panorama Camp Voladero el Tambor

Beautiful 360 view. Grass lot is a bit hard to get level on but good enough. The road in was indeed a bit steep, narrow and winding but I couldn’t see any reason that a big rig wouldn’t be able to get in.

August 16th, 2017 Escape 23 Escape Room Game

Great afternoon activity in the city if you have a group of at least 3. We were 5 overlanders and we didn't manage to escape but this turned out to be a lot of fun anyhow. At the time we were there it was $11 per person but price depends on the group size. You can book a spot online https://www.escape-23.com

August 3rd, 2017 Gorgeous Wild Camping Site

Stopped for the night before crossing the border to Ecuador. Not bad, but at this time of year the mozzies are horrendous.

July 29th, 2017 Chachagui - Vivero San Isidro

Spent a night here. It wasn't bad. Suicide shower but at least it had water. Decent wifi.

July 14th, 2017 Al Bosque Hostel & Glamping

This place is great! Beautiful sunrise when it's not foggy. Super friendly and accommodating owners.

July 4th, 2017 Tejo In Medellin

This was so much fun. Highly recommended.

June 24th, 2017 La Manuela Hacienda

One of Pablo Escobar's former estates. There is a bar/restaurant allegedly run by Pablo's butler. We asked at the bar if we could camp they said yes. Charged us 15,000 COP each. Expensive considering that there are no facilities to speak of but I couldn't resist staying the night. Road in is quite narrow and in poor condition but only 4km. You can also get here by boat if you just want to have a look around. Buses come down the road so should be ok for big rigs as well, but I wouldn't want to drive it. 3G on Claro reached here.

June 23rd, 2017 Caza Diana

We stopped and asked but they are not taking campers at the moment. No indication of when they might.

June 23rd, 2017 Campground

Sorry, didn't get the name. Large campground next to a river with huge grassy area and a tent camping area as well. Big rigs can camp here but getting in may not be so easy as there is a section of the access road that is pretty dodgy due to erosion. Looks like it's being worked on, however. Charged us 10,000 COP for two people in a truck camper.

June 23rd, 2017 Gases De Antioquia

Filled our US style propane bottle. Easy peasy and pretty quick. Standard procedure, hand off bottle at the gate, wait for it to be filled, pay, retrieve.

June 22nd, 2017 Cocorná Mirador Overlook

Pretty cool spot for a break from the road. We did spend the night also. Quite noisy due to proximity to the highway. Bathrooms open all night and security all night as well. Decent food and inexpensive beers at the restaurant.

May 26th, 2017 Restaurante Del Mar

Stopped for dinner here. Owner told us that we were more than welcome to camp. Toilet & shower if we need. Super nice guy. Food was good with generous portions. Didn't stay but would work for sure.

May 20th, 2017 Police station

We were robbed in Barranquilla and after contacting the police and after they had come to the scene, they took us to the station here. If you ever need police in Barranquilla you could come here and ask for superintendent Michael Montero. He's a good guy and speaks English.

May 20th, 2017 Robbery Zone

Got robbed here. Parked to do some quick shopping. There was a guy in a pink hat acting all crazy, he reckons himself the parking lot attendant. I'm almost 100% sure that he called someone and told them that there was good stuff to steal in our truck. The robbery was caught on a nearby security camera so we know he didn't do it, but the way it went down indicates that the thief had information. Anyhow either avoid this area or watch your stuff very closely if you have to be around here.


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