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Date Place Comment
November 8th, 2018 eco escuela & camping el colmenar

I wasn't able to find this place.

November 6th, 2018 eco escuela & camping el colmenar

I wasn't able to find this place.

November 1st, 2018 Near Levittown Library

Street parking beside a public library. Not supper private or quiet. But this spot is away from homes, next to a park and was great for us. Good option if you need something last minute. Walmart’s in the area do not allow overnight RV parking.

May 28th, 2018 Altamaritrans HOEGH

Also look for Norton Lilly.

When importing/shipping-in a vehicle with Hoegh this is where you’ll start the process. Friendly folks. Second floor (i.e. two floors above the ground floors). and ask for Dalia.

May 25th, 2018 Banjercito Veracruz

This office deals with the Temporary Import Permit for your vehicle. When shipping out you cancel it here, and when shipping-in/importing you need to get it here.

When shipping-in/importing your vehicle this will be your second stop (first you need the validated/endorsed bill of lading from the shipping line representative.). Here they will ask for about US$60 to pay for the “Hologram” sticker. Then depending on the type and year of your vehicle you’ll have to pay a fully refundable deposit depending on the year of your vehicle:
- Older then 2001 = US$200
- 2001 to 2007 = US$300
- New than 2007 = US$400
- Motorhomes Nada. We have a homemade camper van. Because it doesn’t say RV, Motorhome or casa rodante on the title they would not call it an RV, too bad because we could have gotten an in/out 10 year TIP.

Doors are open 08:00 to 15:00 but they work with you until everyone is taken care of.

They cannot take cash payments after 13:00, but they can still take credit cards. It is recommended that you pay the vehicle deposit in cash, because there is a risk that you will lose your credit card between the date you enter and the date you leave the country. When you leave and close your TIP they just credit the card number they have on file, which will change if you lose your card.

Nice people but busy.

They needed my Validated BL, passport, and title for your vehicle. I have read that they may ask for your driving insurance, but they didn’t ask us for it. They made copies of these things themselves.

May 21st, 2018 Erick’s Private rooms in Manga

We stayed at Erick’s Airbnb while getting ready to ship out of Cartagena. He acts as the contact person for the property where his In-laws live and rent out 3 rooms. Best of all they have a secure parking area. It’s off the street but just behind a gate, fully visible. There is a 24hr guard about 20m down the street. We parked here with our Sprinter and just about filled the space up. If your a little bigger you’ll be fine, but unimogs won’t fit.

Erick parents are very sweet and excited to host travelers. The property is older but has all the amenities. AC and fan in the rooms and private bath for most of his rooms. Check out the Airbnb listing (also click direct below):

The location is perfect and within walking distance to the port and DIAN.

As this is a private residence you should not just turn up. Book ahead through through either Airbnb or by contacting Erick directly via WhatsApp.
+57 304 4571091

May 18th, 2018 Ana Rodríguez - Shipping Agent

Ana is an excellent agent that helped us to ship our van RORO out of Cartagena to Veracruz. Ana works with many different shipping lines and can help with container shipping too (and probably flatrack too). Ana is very sweet and has really shown us that she cares about doing a good job and being helpful. She seems to be glued to her phone, and really quick to respond, especially via WhatsApp. So, if you’re tired of waiting days for responses from other agents try contacting Ana.

The point provided is her office, but best to contact her via WhatsApp. There is narrow street parking in front of her office.

We highly recommend Ana, but one thing you should consider is that Ana does not speak any English. My wife and I speak some Spanish and were able to get by using a lot a Google Translate. If you know some Spanish it’s best to message in Spanish. If your Spanish is bad (like ours) I would recommend doing some research on your own so that you know the process. Otherwise, Ana will take care of you, but you might be in the dark about a lot of the steps.

Ana is pretty well known, especially among the Latin overlanders and motorcyclists. While we were in Cartagena she invited us to a wonderful meal at her home along with about 10 other overlanders who she was currently working with. Most were motorcyclists from Argentina.

WhatsApp: +57 301 4146464
Email: [email protected]

May 14th, 2018 Car Wash

They wanted $45,000 for my Sprinter right off the bat but quickly came down to $30k then $25k. Wouldn’t do $20k, so we went down the street and got a wash for $15k.

May 14th, 2018 Marbella Carwash

Not closed anymore. Cleaned up our Sprinter for $15,000, after negotiating down from $20,000. Friendly guys. Did a good job.

May 7th, 2018 La Colonia Restaurant

Correct coordinates are 7.363418, -73.175379.

May 6th, 2018 La Colonia Restaurant

This place is in wrong location - it is located at 7.36347, -73.17545

April 30th, 2018 Renacer Hostel Colombian Highlands

Great place with friendly staff. The showers are very nice and hot, Internet was fast, but does not work from the parking area. #overlanderproblems Music was not blasting as another commenter said.

April 27th, 2018 Open terrain, walking distance to town centre

Very quiet and peaceful. Perfect large grassy lot for boondocking. Highly recommended.

April 26th, 2018 Mina De Sal Nemocón

Nice tour and explanation of the ways salt mining has changed over the years. There is a little museum attached to the mine that has some geology explanations and several dinosaur fossils. Money well spent!

April 25th, 2018 Large & Central car park

Very convenient location, easy walk to La Macarena and the plethora of museums. We parked in the lower level and we’re completely hidden from the road, it was an extraordinarily quiet night. You could easily pop a rooftop tent. Neighborhood isn’t that bad in the daytime, just watch your pack as in any big city.

We fit with our Sprinter, but this is probably the biggest rig you would want to bring here.
Paid 40,000/ 24H (we tried to negotiate, without any luck).

April 12th, 2018 Laundry

Price has gone up to 4500/kg. We were happy with the service, no missing clothes or switched underwear!
Beats the La Serrana campground up the hill which is 7000/kg.

April 7th, 2018 Helena Adentro

A great creative & modern take on Colombian food. Fun vibe. The restaurant is in the back and a cafe in the front. Prices are quite reasonable, $20k to $30. A plate can easily be split between two people. We got the $37k plater and the two of us left over stuffed, could have probably fed 3. Our French friends liked this place so much they came back the next day with us!

April 6th, 2018 Tuk Tuk Restaurante Bar

Beautiful view. The prices were on the high side (Mains cost 25,000 to 30,000), although the service was excellent. We had the Pad Thai, lots of chicken and shrimp on it, but very saucy and little or no spice. The ingredients seemed very fresh, including the tamarind.
On this trip we’ve missed good food Asian food. We always get excited when we see these places, but they always seem to fall short.

April 1st, 2018 Peppers and Bananas

Small local run hospedaje with large secure grass field area for camping. Not sure it has an official name, but it’s next door to the Canto de Agua backpackers Hostel. Asked for 10,000pp right off. But some tent campers showed up later and she wanted 15,000pp, they didn’t stay.

The owner is friendly, but pretty hands off. The bathrooms were kept somewhat clean and the very cold showers very refreshing. Couple of nice dogs on the premises that seemed ok with the dogs of other guests. There is a kitchen in a small covered area but only had running water, a wood stove and power (didn’t use). Didn’t seem super functional. Free plántanos available. No wifi but we’re were able to pick up the WiFi from the hostel (pw: 12345678), but connection was not very good and sometimes not possible. Wouldn’t rely on it, connection in the town square is much better. This would be a great place for big rigs.

We were really happy with this spot, and would recommend it. It’s an easy, 1km, walk to town. Nice area and reasonably quiet. You have a nice view on to a field of peppers and bananas. Rosters are a bit bad but your in Colombia, get used to it.

March 27th, 2018 Charco Corazon Del Rio

This is a small and very rocky dirt lot for the cafe above with a grassy area for tents. Not ideal for sleeping in your vehicle.
Good swimming hole, lots of locals.

March 17th, 2018 Ferny Logging Road

Rare wild camping opportunity in Columbia.

The spot is pretty basic and is just a small turnout off a quiet logging road, but there is no one around and it's in the woods. We camped right in the turnout and were very happy, but from here another small steep road leads down the hill 100m to a very pretty, secluded spot. It was wet when we were here so decided not to risk it in our 2wd Sprinter, but if you had 4wd it would be no problem. Recommend that you walk it first.

There is some road noise from the main highway but it's not too obtrusive. From what we saw this small road is used for pretty much only for logging. All traffic was large trucks or motos, no buses or people walking. Friendly waves all around. No traffic at night. Big rigs might have some trouble maneuvering in the tight area and finding a level spot.

We've found that there are not many true wild camping spots in Colombia so we were excited to find this place. We ended up staying two nights to get some chores done on the van.

March 14th, 2018 Airport gate

When we arrived, as it was getting dark, but we felt pretty good about this place. It's just at the end of a dead end road at the edge of town. Few people around. Police stopped by and chatted around 7pm. They were very friendly. They wanted us to move closer to town where it would be safer, but said it was ok here. We stayed. Gave us their phone number if we had issues.
During the night there was some kind of alarm that went off a few times. It was not at all a nice thing to wake up to. There were folks up early exercising, 5:30am and the workers showed up at 6:30 for a 1 hour morning chat/meeting, probably 50 guys in all. In the warm weather we had our windows down and could hear them. Folks were nice and considerate but curious.
Can't recommend this place at all. It's a long ways from the highway, and just not worth it. We've had much better nights at gas stations.

February 28th, 2018 Selva Negra Restaurante - Bar

Very peaceful place with lots of nice shade and garden. Meals are about $25,000 for a plate, although service a bit slow. We were impressed and both very pleased with what we got. Big old slab of meat. Pool was very clean and refreshing, $16,000 minimum per person to use the pool. No wifi.

The German owner is very nice and friendly. He has lived here for 25 years and is interesting to chat with.

February 26th, 2018 Hotel La Posada Del Camino & CAMPING

Manager wanted $25k for two people camping in the ugly parking lot plus $7k pp for access to the pool. $39k seemed steep to us. Was not willing to negotiate.
We stayed and enjoyed the nice pool and took showers then went down the way for a free night at the gas station.

February 26th, 2018 Indigenous Catequilla Equator Line Marker

Did you know the Mitad del Mundo isn’t really on the equator??? It’s about 200m off!

Come up here instead. There’s a tall metal sculpture at the top of a hill that marks the equator, this area is significant to the Incas. Come up this dirt road and look down into the valley and enjoy the view. We thought that this was a great alternative to the tourist trap in the valley.

Probably could camp here too.

February 25th, 2018 Tinas Tacos

I wasn't able to find this place.

February 25th, 2018 Éxito Supermarket & Shopping

This is a pretty massive store. No height restriction on upper parking lot, accessed from the north. Lower lot has a height restriction of 2.2m.

February 24th, 2018 La Clara Free River Camp

Nice spot. It's a legitimate campsite.
We passed a peaceful Saturday night here. Very quiet. A few other groups tent camping. Tons and tons of people showed up in the morning (Sunday), starting at around 8am. Lots of people on bikes, and others on busses and in cars. Seemed like people were just having a picnic with their families.
Recommended. Free!

February 24th, 2018 road construction - ong delays

Still closed.
You need to detour between Tres Puertas and La Felisa at the minimum. This 45 km section took us about 3hrs to detour through (going north) Arauca, Anserma, Riosucio and then down to La Felisa. If you are going for time and north bound turn off the panamericana South of Pereira and head north on the 25 through La Virginia and Asia then to Anserma. There is also an option to the east but they are working on their roads in this area too. Beautiful Coffee Country though

February 17th, 2018 Free filtered water | Mindo

I wasn't able to find this place.