Gran Viaje Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
August 14th, 2020 Camping Arolla

Supposedly the campground at the highest elevation in Europe.
It’s the perfect base for several hikes and climbs. Hiking for all levels, beautiful views, plenty of space. Can spend multiple days here :)
Open from May/June to September. No reservation possible, no numbered placed.
Check their homepage for all details.

August 14th, 2020 Lac Bleu

Beautiful small mountain lake. A 30min hike from the main road, no technical difficulties. Perfect place for a picnic.
Can be hiked in a loop from Arolla, a bit more technical but secured with ropes. Breathtaking views.

August 12th, 2020 Camping Rendez-vous

Let’s start with the highlights: the location is great, especially if you want to hike to Oeschinensee. Even now during high season and COVID it doesn’t feel too crowded.
Hospitality is very Swiss. The first thing the camp manager told us was to not destroy the green by turning the wheels while standing. He didn’t even introduce himself first. Not exactly the vibe you are looking for.
There are two showers and toilets each for the whole campground(!). The showers are extra, 3min = 1CHF.
There is a WiFi at the reception, didn’t try it.
Paid ~42CHF for one night, 2 people, one dog.
Probably wouldn’t stay there again, maybe it’s a better deal during low season?

July 4th, 2020 Spielplatz Parkplatz

This place is permanently closed.

July 4th, 2020 Spielplatz Parkplatz

No overnight camping/parking allowed.....

October 26th, 2019 Skagit Valley Food Co-op

grocery store with a lot of fresh produce and quality food. in addition there is a bakery and restaurant, toilets and free wifi. outdoor parking with no height restrictions. great stop when traveling on the I-5

October 12th, 2019 Municipal Campground

there are two campgrounds here. one with facilities where this point is and another one which is officially closed and doesn't provide anything but imho is at the much nicer location. to get there, just follow the road out to the peninsula. in OSM the second camping is simply called "Camping 2".
the mosquitos however are relentless and there are unbelievably many!

October 12th, 2019 Camping Municipal Palmar

big area with lots of space, hot showers with great pressure (no doors), toilets with no seats and some just with a hole in the ground, that's a first.
100.- per tent in high season, was free now.
a few permanent campers there, all very nice.

October 10th, 2019 Camping Playa Agraciada

annoying dogs still here, free offseasons, very beautiful sunset.

October 7th, 2019 La Chacra Holandesa

stayed a few nights here at the end of our journey. very nice place, very friendly owners, decent wifi and when it's cold and rainy you have a place to sit inside with an oven :)
500Uyu per car, per day. Not per person.

September 29th, 2019 Riverside Perch

This place is permanently closed.

September 29th, 2019 Wild Camping Spot at a lonely beach

great find, very quiet, good protection from the wind and level. with a tent you can go into the little forest or behind the dunes, with a car you are visible from the road, but there is basically no traffic.
just a few locals who go fishing.

September 28th, 2019 Laguna Rocha

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -34.67745, -54.26726

September 28th, 2019 San Antonio Besch

This place is permanently closed.

September 28th, 2019 Laguna Rocha

original spot no longer accessible, but you could stay at the end of the road in the parking lot.
road in top condition, no problems even when wet.

September 28th, 2019 Toll gate with toilets.

110uyu today for a car. no checkpoint, just toll.

September 27th, 2019 motorhome parking in la Coronilla

good for a night, toilets were super gross but free. not really a tent friendly place, it's just a parking and turnaround for RVs

September 26th, 2019 Fortaleza de Santa Teresa

entry fee is 50uyu now. still a nicely restored fort with plenty to see

September 20th, 2019 Passo Do S Wild Camp

This place is permanently closed.

September 20th, 2019 Passo do S

cool waterfall. after multiple days of rain deep and current too strong to cross. locals in 4x4 turned around and so did I :)
camping prohibited.

September 20th, 2019 Passo Do S Wild Camp

big no camping sign. dont camp here.....

September 20th, 2019 Camping Passo do llha

I was here after a week of rain, not possible to cross the river, too much current and at least 60cm deep. see pictures.

September 18th, 2019 Vale das Trutas

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -28.78390, -49.98332

September 17th, 2019 Praia do Rosa

coming from the north this beach is not really worth a stop. it's not bad but it's also not special... good for surfing I guess.
motorhomes, trailers etc are not allowed here

September 17th, 2019 Laundrexpress coin laundromat

perfect spot to wash clothes. while doing so i had the oil changed in the same complex.

September 13th, 2019 Scenic off road route SC281

most bridges are limited to 10t. good dirt road.

September 12th, 2019 Camping do Bráulio

very quiet place. Braulio the owner is nice, he speaks a bit German.
I paid 15 Reais, slow satellite internet included but works only at the reception.
you can make a fire, a crate of firewood is 30brl.
compared to lago azul everything looks a little run down. and it looks like lago azul has wifi which covers the whole campground.

September 12th, 2019 Camping Florestal

no problem finding this place. still 25pppn, still a Jose running the place.
has a big no pet sign but I am pretty sure he wont send you away if you have a dog ..

September 9th, 2019 Fazenda Pico Paraná

some information about the hike to pico parana:
do not underestimate this hike! it is longer and much harder than it looks on OSM ( etc).
the first 4k are steep but pretty easy, good trail. however afterwards your are basically scrambling over rocks and roots (both quiet slippery) for another 4.5km. some sections are climbing with metal steps and ropes. while doing so you do a ton of elevation, down and up.
my garmin logged 1900m to the peak!!

bring plenty of water, some energy bars/candy and a good lunch if you attempt to summit.

most people do this hike in two days, there are several spots to tent and now I know why!

the views are nice and you'll summit the highest peak in southern Brazil ;)

I've added a few pictures from some if the climbing sections

September 9th, 2019 Talbot / Alejandro Sanchez Land Rover

just an update to the work done:
- they forgot the change the front bushings but kept the parts. had some custom made in Brazil
- the a frame ball joint (delphi) survived only 20000km. replaced with lemmförderer in brazil
- the head gasket stared to leak about 15000km later, my guess is that either the head bolts weren't tightened properly or the ste stretched and should have been replaced.


3000km left to Montevideo, then I'll get it sorted out properly at a capable mechanic.