Camping

Finca Sommerwind | Established Campground

Ecuador
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Last Visited: 7 days ago
GPS: 0.380420, -78.089180
Altitude: 2236.5 masl
Place Website: www.finca-sommerwind.info

Amenities

Electricity: Yes - At Sites
Wifi: Yes - Fast
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Showers: Hot
Water: Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Very good place to spend a few days relaxing. Hans, the owner is super friendly and helps a lot with lots of tips.

There are several big grass lots to camp or park with 110volts and 220volts.

6 Dollars per person per night: Hot showers, potable water, electricity, spotty WIFI included in price.

Washing machine is 3 Dollars per load.

They have long term parking in case you want to go home or visit Galapagos (1 Dollar per day).

Excellent BREAD !!!! Basic products for cooking can be purchased in the kiosk, such as beer, milk, homemade bread etc.

Saturday and Sunday the Cafe-Sommerwind is open with breakfast, lunch and cakes.

Only disadvantage: lots of mosquitos and small insects that bite badly !!

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This place has the feel of an 4x4 enthousiasts weekend. Although the (new) campground is still a work in progress and having one combined shower/bathroom for all male visitors can be awkward, meeting fellow (i)overlanders travelling in different directions was the main attraction for us. We made some new friends and received many very useful tips (and hopefully gave some too).

Came in for one night, stayed three (and had 'fiestas' every evening). Price is 6 USD per person per night (electricity, water for your tank and hot showers all included), DIY laundry 3 USD. We'll come back whenever we're in the neighborhood.

Great site near the lake, we stopped and planned to stay 1 night but ended up spending 5 nights. Hanns is amazing ( here is a guy who really cares and has put together a nice place) and super helpful. His pricing is fair, food is good ( esp the bread) wifi work flawless and most of ok our kids loved it.

This is a lovely place to stay, fully recommend it, Hans has much improved the site, be careful of some of the wild campsites round the lake we have heard of occasional robberies

This place has moved few hundred meters - it is located behind the cafe now. The old campground location is a private area now. Access to the new camping location is only through the sliding gate in front of the cafe building, the red gate belongs to the private area.

We enjoyed our time at Finca Sommerwind even though it was unexpectedly long (12 days) because of the protests which were taking place.
We only met Hans, the owner, for a short time since he couldn't come to the Finca because of the protests. But he is eager to help everyone with everything. Sometimes he might be a bit overwhelming...

We camped on a nice, flat, grassy spot. Camping is 6$ pP/night. No difference between tent or camper. There is a kitchen available which is fine but could be better equipped. There is only one shower+toilet for women and one for men. But surpisingly we never had to wait for shower or toilet.

All in all we enjoyed our stay a lot the only downside is that the kitchen and bathrooms could have been cleaned more often.

Nice place to stay before or after crossing the border. Hot shower, washingashine, cold beer and gean food. Hans, the owner is very kind and helpfull with informations.

Good welcome, quiet place, all commodities.

Good welcome, quiet place with all commodities.

Great place to meet Overlanders, do laundry, enjoy a hot shower, hang out, eat great German food (ok we are partial to that) and get all the advise you need from ever so helpful Hans. Did I mention the great bread he bakes?
We arrived on a Saturday and did experience some race track traffic. Hans is also working on improving the camp sites for trucks, RV’s since they currently have no grass and are very dusty in the frequent wind.

Excellent camp site, great place to meet fellow overlanders. Hans the owner is a top bloke with lots of local contacts anything you need he has the answer and is always happy to help & more importantly sells great German beer & food....

Location and welcome coffee . Hot shower.

Despite this I don't advise camping, the WiFi cut before 9 pm, the dogs barked all night, really all night! And in the morning there was some loud music and not necessarily to everyone's taste from 7:15 am. Lack of the establishment mainly in relation to the dogs.

Emplacement et café de bienvenue sympa. Douche chaude.

Malgré cela je ne conseille pas le camping, le WiFi a coupé avant 21 h, les chiens ont aboyés toute la nuit, vraiment toute la nuit ! Et le matin il y'a eu de la musique assez forte et pas forcément au goût de tout le monde à partir de 7h15. Manque de tenue de l'établissement principalement vis à vis des chiens.

Spent 5 nights here. Love that it's on a motorsport circuit and that you can practically watch a race from your van. Seemed expensive to us but maybe we're used to Colombia. $4 for bread is steep wherever you're from as is the 5% charge for card payments. Lovely place but European prices.

Best place in South America, we really enjoyed it for three weeks. You will find everything you need here, especially the best host. The restaurant offers good food and German beer. Good opportunity to park the car for a longer time.

Had three nights here: one full day for mechanical works on our car (Hans is a huge help in getting the right people for the right things in Ibarra). And one day of relaxing and connecting with home: the WiFi is really good. 6 USD pppn. 3 USD for a load of laundry - clotheslines are also available to use. Great place also as base for hikes. Oh, and: ASK HANS FOR TRAVEL TIPS when you go south from here, better than any travel guide!

We enjoyed Finca Sommerwind. The food was very good. Hans gave us tipps what to visit in Ecuador. If you need a mechanic or anything else, he can help you.

Excelente lugar para pasar unos días. Estaba aprensivo porque viajo con mi perrita, pero una vez hecha la presentación formal los perros lugareños fueron amistosos. Ashley hace la diferencia y Hans me ayudó con los problemas de mi vehículo.

Lovely campsite, friendly people, a pleasant location for a walk round the lake. A few mozzies, but also hot showers and good Wi-Fi. 12usd for 2+van.

Very friendly and helpful German owner Hans has a nice grassy area to camp on, space for all size of rigs. Hot water shower and toilet (flush, no TP) for $6 pppn
Possibility to do laundry for $3 per load
Excellent bread ($4) available as well as German beer and in the restaurant diffrent German specialities.

As described. Hans and his crew are very friendly. Be aware that on Saturday and Sunday there is a lot of noise from the motorcycle and car racetrack that is located directly across the street. If you visit on the weekend be sure to walk (3km) to the village for fish dinner or lunch.

Very good place. Lot of green and flowers, very well maintained with a lot of facilities. Everything works, German stile (electricity, hot showers, friendly staff, good food and German beer) ! Fortunately when we was at this beautiful place there was no mosquitos. Hans, the owner is very friendly and knows a lot of thing about traveling in Ecuador and other South American country. He can help for everything you need. Highly recommended!

Best place ever, big rig friendly
also für dogs

Lovely stay. Thanks to Hans for all the advice.
If you have an unsociable dog, you might want to keep it in your vehicle or find somewhere else to stay. Hans has 5 dogs. They are friendly but sometimes visitors dogs bark and cause more trouble than the ones who live here. Please consider the other campers if you bring your dog here. Keep it under control.

Highly recommended! Very nice place - clean and hot showers, fast WIFI, washing mashine. Hans the owner has a solution for EVERYTHING - regardless if you have a technical issue or if you want to buy something you need. There is also a small restaurant for breakfast or some yummy German food. Perfect place to meet other overlanders and to relax a couple of days. Big rig friendly and dog friendy. 6 $ per person per day. We wanted to stay 2 nights and ended up enjoying the place for 11 days.

Highly recommended! Very nice place with a lot of grasy space. Hans the owner will help with everything you need - regardless if you have technical issues or if you need to buy something. There is also a restaurant with yummy food and German beer. Very clean bathrooms and hot showers. Washing mashine is also available. Fast WiFi and always nice overlanders around. We planend to stay 2 nights and ended up with 11 days as it was so nice and relaxing. The place is big rig friendly and super dog friendly.

The finca summer wind is a great place to organize a rest. There is everything you need and everything is fully functional and well organized. Hans the owner of the facility is very helpful and experienced in dealing with overlanders and their problems.

The German food from the Restsurant and the beer fridge are great!

It is a jewel among the campsites in South America.

One of the best places we had within our travel through SA. Hans, the owner is very engaged to support you in all matters. Professional organized site, friendly stuff, good food and beer!

As mentioned already several times, this is a great place to stay and relax. Camp is organized professional and Hans is very engaged to support you in all matters. Friendly stuff, good food and German Beer

Mauvaise expérience !
Emplacements presque plats. Certaines places sont ombragés. Les véhicules sont placés les uns à côté des autres. Peu d’espace car il y a beaucoup de voyageurs.
Électricité, wifi, toilettes, douches chaudes.

Bruyant du vendredi au dimanche car le camping est situé au bord d’un circuit de voiture de course. Le camping est en face d’un lac, mais il n’y a pas de vue sur celui-ci, dommage.
Il y a un restaurant au sein du site, mais il est souvent fermé. Donc nous n’avons pas pu goûter la cuisine.
Nous avons trouvé le prix de la nuit excessif: 6$ pppn.

Si vous avez un chien, nous ne vous conseillons pas cet endroit. Après 2 jours, notre chienne a été attaquée par un des nombreux chiens du propriétaire. Le propriétaire a d’abord dit à mon conjoint que ce n’était rien. Mais après avoir constaté de mes yeux un trou dans le ventre de notre chienne, laissant apparaître son muscle, nous avons dû le persuader qu’il fallait qu’il nous amène au vétérinaire pour faire recoudre notre chienne. Ce qu’il a fait. Le vétérinaire à réalisé 3 points de suture et une injection contre une éventuelle infection. Nous sommes retournés au camping dans un grand état de tristesse. Il était trop tard pour partir ailleurs. Le lendemain matin, nous sommes partis à la première heure. Le propriétaire à décidé de retirer de notre facture la moitié du montant du vétérinaire. Nous n’avons pas compris pourquoi il n’a pas pris l’intégralité du coût à sa charge. Surtout que le montant total s’élevait qu’à 10$ ! Le geste était pour nous important au vu de la situation, mais il ne l’a pas fait. Ainsi soit-il... nous sommes partis à un autre spot à 8km

Like everyone else, we stayed longer than planned in this spectacular campground. Everything you need is available and if not, the ever-resourceful Hans will figure it out for you. A must stop.

To be honest, this campsite wasn’t really to our taste- surprising, given the number of positive reviews. The restaurant looked like it would be nice, pretty environment but just too many people in massive campervans for us- would be good if you want to be very social but we like a bit of space and peace and quiet so it wasn’t for us. We didn’t stay the night.

Hans has already many good reviews but we add ours because this place is nice, hot shower, washmachine, kitchen. We needed parts for our car and Hans bring us to his mechanics with who we made lots of shops to finally find what we needed. Very helpfull ! Bring your repellent because of the mosquitoes ...however we stayed 3 nights instead of 1.

The best place in South America so far: warm showers, good food, nice people and a very enjoyable athmosphere.
Hans is very helpful with everything (mecanics, advices...) and a great host. Nice cool and peaceful nights.

Buen sitio para camper, buen clima, buena atención

Always a pleasure to come back and spend time here, and enjoy some of Hans's great German food. Always a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. Tough to leave! Highly recommended!

Feels like coming home. Hans is the best! Together with "Hasta la Pasta" (Paraguay) our most favorite campground in almost 3 years South America. Stayed 3 weeks. HIGHLY recommended.
Ooh and the cheesecake...try it ☺👍!!

Great place to stay and rest. All services you need, quite and safe.

Like it was said Many times before: a must stop, great place and people - we haven‘t met so many overlanders in one place anywhere else. Taxi into town $4 dollars, if Hans needs to go to town he‘ll sure give you a lift. The shower in the main building is the hot one.

This place was packed with overlanders, has very well maintained facilities, lots of fruit trees and a very nice owner. Deserves one more positive review for sure. Everything else has been said.

Hans makes you feel very welcome as soon as you get there as everyone else has said a really nice place to stay full of big rigs I camped with a Moto

As described. Hans is a great host and helpfull with everything you need. This place make you feel at home. I stayed nearly 3 weeks. (unexpected)
Hot showers
Wifi in the van
German beer, bread and bratwurst.
Hiking arround the area.
Just enjoyable and highly recommendet

Hans is so helpful and makes you feel welcome. Great place to socialize and share tips with other overlanders. HOT shower! Beware mosquitoes and dogs barking in the night!

This place was awesome, Hans one of the host and makes the BEST BREAD! We planned on 1 day, but ended up staying 4 days. Just really good vibe and energy of the overlanders here. Hans has the best tips on where to go and places to see in Ecuador. Hot showers, good WiFi, and best of all good German beer...a must place to stay.

This place was awesome, Hans is one of the best host and makes the BEST BREAD! We planned for 1 day and ended up staying for 4, just good vibe and good energy from all the overlanders staying. Hans can also provide you with all the best places to see in Ecuador. Hot showers, clean bathrooms, great WIFI and of course great German beer. A must place to stay!!

We stayed here several days after crossing the border. Nicely kept property, hot showers, good WiFi. We payed $6 pp/night. racetrack can be REALLY noisy when they are running cars, and there are a ton of dogs on the property (all sweet) but barked quite a bit during the night

Nice place to stay and relax. Lots of overlander from diferent countries.

Washing machine only 3 USD .

6 USD per person per day.

Great BREAD !!

SUPER FRIENDLY OWNER : HANS !!!!!

This is “The Best “Overlander spot on our entire journey from the USA to Ecuador ! Hans has created a great spot just a few miles off the Pan Am. A “ Must Stop”

Over lander meeting spot. Flat grassy parking areas, plenty of room for big rigs. Hot showers, electricity if required, $6 pp. Fresh baked German bread $4 mmmm. Hans Is a great host, will arrange for mechanic to come to site and will help with parts aquisition, could not ask for more. All your over landing needs in one spot. Fast wifi.

Really nice place. Close to the lake. Really quiet a night. Hanz and all the staff are sympatic.
. Paid 6$/pp/pn for tent
. Just a bemol, lot off moscitos there.

the owner gave us a cup of coffee and some bread as we rolled in. Super nice German guy. Everything there is super nice. The showers, the wifi, the lawns, the other campers. Very dog friendly 🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕 And there's a racetrack across the street!

Hans is a great host and welcomes every Oberlander personally. There is ample space for vehicles of any size. The cafe serves great cakes and there is now even a German Biergarten every Friday night. A great place to explore the surrounding area or to go to the market in Otavalo.

Wonderfull, Hans is the allround man, he Check all. The shuttle tu and from airport, serch genuine parts, extesiones for Visa, or fill up gas cylinders. Here you get help and here you feel good.

A great place to recover for some days. Hans is a very nice host and his place offers all conditions for overlanders you need. He has also very good relationships to mechanics or workshops for the car, tips for your further journey or for the trip to galapagos. The Finca is very good located, you can have a walk around the lagune, it is easy to get to Ibarra or Otavalo by Bus. Highly recommended.

Spent five very relaxing days here - everything is as described with reliable decent wifi, hot showers, laundry and a very welcoming and helpful host Hans!! Great meeting point for overlanders and the race course across the street was only used as jogging/walking-course in the morning ;)

Highly recommended! Hot showers, reliable/fast wifi, cool/quiet nights, beautifully manicured grounds. We thoroughly enjoyed the week we spent here (no race track activity, dogs were quiet at night). Excellent hosts, Hans and Patricia encourage a friendly, relaxed environment. Self-serve laundry onsite, as well as restaurant (open weekends, dinner service finished by about 9 pm). Taxi to city center is $4, or 30 cents each way by bus. We would happily stay here again if we come through Ibarra.

Great meeting point for overlander coming from south and north to share information.
Hans is really welcoming and can help you with everything you need. We needed a welder for our stainless steel tank, not everybody can weld stainless. Hans just knew the right guy and came with us to translate.
Hans organized a bbq with was really nice.
Whole place is really clean and hot water is working perfectly.
Really great place and we stayed longer than we planned.

Amazing place! the owners are lovely and it's just generally a nice place to be! good WiFi, water, hot showers, washing machine. loved it!

Wir waren 14 Tage hier und der Abschied ist uns schwer gefallen. Alles ist noch immer wie beschrieben. Hans ist unheimlich rührig und kümmert sich bestens um die Overlander. Wir haben auch einen 3-Tage-Ausflug an das Meer mit ihm gemacht und hatten sehr viel Spaß dabei. Auch ist es schön, mal mit deutscher und internationaler Küche verwöhnt zu werden. Dieser Platz ist ein Muss bei Touren von Nord oder von Süd - Ein Treff der Overlander.

We were here for 14 days and the farewell was difficult. Everything is still as described. Hans is incredibly active and takes good care of the Overlander. We also did a 3-day trip to the sea with him and had a lot of fun doing it. It is also nice to be spoiled with German and international cuisine.This course is a must when touring North or South - A meeting place for Overlanders.

Big lovely grounds, nice clean kitchen and semi-outdoors common area. Electricity and water throughout. There is a DUMP area where you can empty your tanks onto the septic tank! Internet is good. We stayed three nights, and showers were warmish, and window in shower is very ill-placed. Nice place to do laundry, thet $3/load to use the machine, and big clothesline area. The location is nice; there are walking and bicycle lanes around most of the lake. We really didn't notice noise from the racetrack, maybe a little during the day. It's a little more expensive compared to other places in Ecuador, but I'm guessing it would seem like a treat if you have just come from Colombia and have not stayed in an RV park for a while.

Stayed here for two weeks. Very calm place with grassy ground. Hans, the german owner, is very helpful. If you need any assistance for your car (engine, transmission box, brakes, paintings,....) or yourself (doctor, dentist,...), he knows for nearly every problem a specialist in the town. On weekend he has fresh cake+coffee and a restaurant. The four dogs are just barking when foreigners enter the campground, so it is more secure. The race course is rarely used, in the whole time we are here for 2 hours for two cars. So don't care about it. Prices and equipment as described below. In total a highly recommended site, one of the best in Ecuador.

Great place to spend a few days enjoying Hans hospitality. The place is by the lake so there is a great place to jog or to circle around the lake. Nice overlander meeting point. Try the breakfast, the bread and jams prepared by Hans. Probably one of the nicest campgrounds we been to along the Panamerican.

We can only repeat what has been written many times. Very nice camping next to the lake with a large lawn for camping. Warm and very helpful owner Hans who welcomes you with coffee and homemade German bread. One night costs 6 USD pp. Tasty cakes and weekend meals when the cafe is open. Hot shower, washing machine, good WiFi on the whole camping area complete the whole perfect! There are dogs here that also bark, which we did not find disturbing. Rather, we felt safe, because no one can access the terrain that does not belong there. The nearby racetrack is only on weekends in operation, only during the day for 2-3 hours. Also with Patricia and her daughter, who are also living on the finca Sommerwind, we met great, very kind and helpful people. Thank you three, we had a great time with you!

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Dormimos 3 noches aca en nuestro carro- casa. hay zona de trailers y cabañas. queda a 10 min caminando del lago de yahuarcocha y a unos 30 min en bicicleta de ibarra. nos gusto mucho el lugar, el dueño, Hanz es un aleman muy buena honday tiene varios perros hermosos y amigables. Recomendado para pasar un par de noches y hacer deportes como trotar alrededor del lago, volar en parapente, montar en bico de montaña o ruta o pescar.

My wife and I stayed at Finca Sommerwind on numerus occasions over a period of several months. Our experience was nothing but positive in all respects. Please note that from the beginning of May 2018 Hans has full responsibility for running the campground and cafe. Also note that for the whole of June 2018 Hans will be in Germany so don't expect to see him during this period.

We used both the cabins available and tent camped. The cabins are comfortable and offer everything you could need. Tent camping is great in the beautiful surroundings of the finca and provides drinking water, a kitchen, fridge, power (110V and 220V), WiFi, clean toilets and endless HOT showers. We really don't understand the comment from a previous person that the showers were cold as we were there at the same time as them and did not experience cold showers!

Hans is a mine of information and goes out of his way to help overlanders when he can. Need a visa or extension, recommendations on places to visit, a place to fix your vehicle or a host of other requests then Hans will do everything to help. He spent many hours helping me acquire a visa in November 2017.

There are many overlanders to meet and share travel stories with. The communal area lends itself well to this and is also a great place for a BBQ which Hans often arranges.

The cafe, open at weekends only, offers a variety of food and we can highly recommend the German bread (available any day on request), cheesecakes and apple cake, all home made. On arrival, Hans met us with free coffee and some of his delicious German bread.

The Finca is a safe and secure place to secure your vehicle. We did this twice with our motorcycle. Once for nine days whilst we visited the Galapagos and once for two months whilst we returned to the UK. Patricia, who lives on site, was also kind enough to store our motorcycle riding gear in her house whilst we were away.

Be aware that there are five dogs on site but they are very friendly and used to lots of visitors. They do bark at pretty much anything that moves outside the confines of the Finca but are usually quiet at night.

Yes there are mosquitos but that's hardly Hans' fault. Just bring repellent, cover up or light a fire using the wood provided free of charge by Hans.

Others have commented about the race track and this cannot be ignored. However, in our experience it is unused for 90% of the time.

This is most probably the best campground we've visited since our time in the US and Canada. Highly recommended.

Certainly the best Campsite we have experienced in our travels. Super friendly hosts displaying true hospitality.
Hans is also going out of his way to assist with any 'overlander problems' you can think of.
Very highly recommended!

It was ok but certainly did not meet expectations from previous review... redefined "European standards" for this American. Toilet paper bin in bathrooms were overflowing. Kitchen area was filthy. Mosquitoes bad. Cold shower. Nice to do laundry (only washer), Hans was very welcoming with delicious bread, great talking to many other overlanders there. Nothing really within walking distance. Enjoy!

Hans and his family are such lovely people. This is the best place to stay before/after the border. The finca is beautiful with horses, a garden, fruit trees, washing and cooking facilities - everything is so well taken care of, you can see the love in the details. Hans really went above and beyond to help me - from answering emailed questions about visas and the border, to accompanying me to various mechanics and shops around Ibarra to help me get everything I needed taken care of with trusted people he recommended. While I stayed with Hans I met other Overlanders who were all very nice/friendly/helpful people. It was a pleasure to soak up their knowledge and sit around the camp fire hearing stories of people’s journeys. I wish I could rate Sommerwind higher than 5 stars, it is a true gem and it’s Hans and his positive, easy-going, helpful attitude that made me stay for over a week. So thankful I stopped and made this place home for a short time, I will definitely be coming back.

John

Very nice place, absolutely clean, nice bathrooms with hot water shower, toilets with seats and paper.
Restaurant offers great food (unfortunately only weekend). Hans and Patricia are the owners and guarantee European standards. The garden is full of fruits, nice to have a stroll.
Laundry, electricity, drinking water, everything you need to have a relaxing and safe stay. Grassy and level spots to park.
Try Patricia's jam and cakes!

Very nice place, absolutely clean, nice bathrooms with hot water shower, toilets with seats and paper.
Restaurant offers great food (unfortunately only weekend). Hans and Patricia are the owners and guarantee European standards. The garden is full of fruits, nice to have a stroll.
Laundry, electricity, drinking water, everything you need to have a relaxing and safe stay. Grassy and level spots to park.
Try Patricia's jam and cakes!

Wonderful spot. Highly recommend. Good food at café on weekends. Hot showers. Good wi fi.

Un vrai camping, vraiment professionnel avec un accueil chaleureux, un espace nature propre et bien équipé, un WiFi performant et des tarifs raisonnables....bref, le rêve!
Pour nous, un des meilleurs campings d'Amérique du Sud.
Merci Hans et Patricia.
Georges et Claude Schaller

We were 6 nights here.Hans and Patricia are very helpful. Everythings works on the Campsite and
it is very clean and quiet.
Full recommendable.

Sitio perfecto para descansar uno o varios dias . Todos los servicios wifi, wc, ducha......impecables. Hans y Patricia son buenos anfitriones y mejores personas. Sus barbacoas son famosas. Sus perros simpaticos y juguetones. Muy aconsejable a pesar de algun mosquito.

this was one of our only paid overnights as we were denied at the bomberos.
grassy sites mostly level. showers were hot which was nice
for the price of 3 lunches it should be

Great place. Super helpful and friendly owners. Beautiful grounds, facilities, and setting. Plenty to do in the area. Tons of other overlanders. Dogs no problem, just your standard friendly camp dogs and the racetrack was only active during the day on weekends. It was pretty fun to watch the motorcycles racing around the track while eating lunch.

We have only good things to say about this place - super hot showers (the ones next to cafe), three wifi networks which were all fast, beautiful setting amongst grass, gardens and trees, nice outdoor kitchen and dining area (incl gas cooker, fridge, agua potable, a BBQ, hammock and book swap), Patricia is lovely, and the dogs were totally fine. Being able to tick up beers is dangerous. Basically, they have thought of everything and you won’t want to leave... Stock up on food before you come - the closest little town is 3km away and barely has fruit or vege. Or you can just live on cakes from the cafe. A taxi to Ibarra is about $5 one way. Oh and maybe it’s the time of year or where we parked (close to the house), but the bugs weren’t bad...

The place is nice. But kitchen doesn't have nothing to prepare own meals so you have to bring your own cooking stuff.

legit. down to one owner (Patricia ). went from 4 to 9 overlanders during the day. Wi-Fi was proportional slow to no.

We made this our first stop after border crossing into Ecuador. Patricia and Hans both welcomed us. Decent wifi, nice bathrooms. Did hear racetrack noise on some afternoons but did not find all that annoying. Enjoyable Saturday night potluck BBQ when enough people. Claro goes in and out. $6pp per night, bread $4, laundry $3, beer $1.70. lots of overlanders!

we like this place...its a good place to relaxe and enjoy the tranquilidad. the dogs arr quite at night and the racetrack is mostly used by bicycles and jogger. there aresome nice daytrips to do from there. patricias bread and marmalade are awesome!!! we enjoyed our time there!!!!

Great place to meet other travelers. We had some BBQ together at night. Great restaurant (open on weekends only). Showers and Restrooms clean. We took the bus from Ibarra to Otavalo to visit the market there, what was nice. Big noise all the day from the racetrack. WIFI is decent. We payed 6$ per people per night.

Stayed here one night, got bitten to death by bugs/mossies.

The price now is 6$ per person. Cash only. The hosts are very helpful but there are to many dogs inside the campingplace, terrible!
In the Toilette sometime is no paper.

Very nice place to camp. Now it's 6$ pp. Hans and Patricia are awesome, they help you with everything. The bread, which Patricia bakes, is wunderful. The dogs are quiet at night, they can hear and they are not annoying. The racetreck next to the campside is not a problem at all.

Nice Place to relax. Has everthing you need. Friendly Staff. The Dogs are at the begining bit strange, but when you out of the Truck ok. Good Wifi.
12 Dollar/ Night/ Truck
If you like to eat, make a preorder!
Sometimes bit noisy from the Road and the Racetrack next to it.

Nice place, nice food as described. The cars are super loud when they race [we were there on a public holiday] and so were the dogs at night/early morning. Bring a lot of bug spray, have never been bitten so much.

Lovely place to unwind. Hosts Hans and Patricia are available for all types of questions but leave you alone if you desire so.
Sat. and Sun. Cakes are worth it. Cafe for full breakfast and lunch in Sun. only.
Weekends quiet unless scheduled race on Sun. Which is seldom. Then it is noisy.
Dogs are quiet at night primarily.

Great place to relax for a few days. Ibarra is a good place for repairs or finding parts, also dentist, doctor and on. Hans and Patricia are super helpfull with everything! Thanks a lot you two!!

A lot of things are written down. Try to visit at the weekend when the restaurant is open so you can buy nice cake and good lunch. You can change some guide-books. Hans helps you with everything. We are travelling with 2 kids and everything was totally fine with the dogs. They were playing together with the dogs and with other kids on the campground.

Superbe camping pour passer quelques jours. Comme décrit auparavant, tout ce dont un Overlander peut avoir besoin se trouve ici, et l'endroit est très calme même le week end! :-)

Superb place to camp for days. As described before, all an Overlander may need can be found here, and this is a very quiet place, even on week-end! :-)

Like everyone else said, this is a great place to stay. Great temperatures. Lots of overlanders. Clean restrooms and hot showers. Delicious bread and cake. Overall a great stay. ;) Thanks Hans + Patricia!

Hello this is Hans and Patricia, owners of Finca Sommerwind. Logging in to make couple of corrections on the description of our place.

Tout est parfait comme décrit par ailleurs .... excepté le bruit infernal du circuit automobile le WE !!!!

Great place to unwind. Wifi reaches most areas unless you camp at the back of the lot. Hot showers were great. Open kitchen for use and big beers ($1.70) using tick-mark honor system. Worth visiting on a Sunday for the food and baked goods. The loaf bread, while expensive, was awesome. Town on far side of lake specializes in fried fish plates and cheese or sweet plantain filled empanadas topped with sugar. Tasty and cheap but get them fresh!

super nice place. As said, they offer hot showers, drinking water, kitchen, laundry and most important: cold beers. Met a lot of other overlanders here. would go again

It's so nice that we ended up staying 6 nights. Hot shower, clean toilets, kitchen, wifi, potable water and eletricity. On weekends they have a delicious home made bread. Very recommended!

Sommerwind es un sitio que ofrece duchas con agua caliente, conexión wifi, electricidad 110 y 220v, estacionamiento para motorhomes, camping.
Es un sitio muy agradable y tranquilo. Ideal para recorrer los alrededores.
El costo es de u$5 p.p. noche

excelente sitio, muy buena atención, 3Usd x 15 kg de ropa, 5usd x persona, agua caliente, wifi

We are a retired British couple who stayed here for 3 nights in February 2017. We were left with the distinct impression of a Germanic clique to which we were only peripheral guests. In addition we were appalled at the treatment of an Israeli family who were there at the same time who were treated by one of the proprietors
in a fashion which was either ill mannered or, more likely racist. I should add that Hans the main proprietor was not involved in the bad behaviour.

We are an Israeli family with two small children traveling through South America. We recently stayed at Finca Sommerwind for three nights.
Towards the end of our stay there was an incident involving the proprietor’s wife which at best was bad manners and at worst was blatant racism. Our children were present and were visibly upset.
The next day we asked for an explanation from the proprietor which he was unable to supply.

This place is great! a definite must stop. It's popular so expect to run into a lot of other overlanders. If you have a dog, i would ask Hans to be around when you do the introduction to his pack. We didn't do this at first and has a little bit of a bristle. But with hans there it was a simple affair and his dogs accepted our two dogs. But you definitely want to be a dog lover as the dogs roam around 24/7 but are nice. Great place to stay before or after the border

Like all of the other comments, this place is a real treat. Friendly owners, tons of space, good facilities (with consistently hot water!), good wifi, lots of other overlanders, and fresh homemade bread ($4) and marmelade ($2.50)!! $5pp. No height restrictions.

Paradise on earth,
with angels, cold Patricia+Hans...we feeled at home....
news friends,
some for ever....St+Pe.....
We came for one night and stayed one week....
we leaved with teardrops in the eyes....
nos emos ido, con el corazon partido...,
panamericanissimo... Corrie+Miguel

$5 pp pn. Excellent. Food (Sundays) wonderful. Such helpful, friendly people. Even gave us a lift to the supermarket.

It's an overlander oasis for sure - come and make some new friends!

Excellent spot, well worth the $5/person.

Great German run place! Hot showers, clean bathrooms, Hans' delicious fresh cake and bread, friendly travelers.

Beautiful finca with grassy camping (powered) and cabins. Fully equipped kitchen, clean bathrooms, hot showers, great view, quiet at night. What more could you want. $5pp/night.

We loved it here. Com prepared for no-see-um tiny biting bugs!

We stayed here 13 days over Christmas and New Years Eve and met great people from all over the world. The owner Patrica and Hans are very friendly and helped us lot. We needed a mechanic, so Hans called Diego the "campground mechanic" and Patricia accompanied us for a doctors appointment. They offer fresh german bread -lecker- and self made jam. Great place to stay.

This place is great, the owners fantastic

Had a great time at the finca with the gorgeous hosts Patricia and Hans. The cafe is open on sundays with delicious food and cakes. Hot, clean showers, average wifi, electricity on sites. $5/p. Definitely the the nicest place on our journey!

Excelent place to relax of the road. Charge energy for cross to Colombia.

Internet isn't always "quiet bad". it depends of how many people are online,we did'nt have problems to upload our blog with a lot of photos!

Very nice place and great meeting place for overlanders. Ok bathrooms, nice outside common area with BBQ and fireplace.

Very nice place with a great view on the lake.
All the comfort you can need, like hot water, laundry and good Internet.
Hans and Patricia are so nice and helpfull, they can give you informations about everything, help you plan your trip, adresses in other cities... And they know the best mechanics in town, to fix everything.
they also have a bistrot activity every sunday, you have to try the cheesecake!
5 $ pp/ night

GREAT place! Hanz, the owner, is very helpful and will do everything to make you spend a beautiful time. It has a lot of space for big rigs and very easy entrance. Kitchen, bathrooms with hot water and good Internet. USD 5 pp per night

Good place to stay for a while. Watch for biting bugs though. Nice hosts.

Very friendly and comfortable but the internet access is quite bad.

What the others overlanders wrote is right. A beautiful place with wonderful people!

It's really worth a stop! Nice place to rest and hang out.

Great hideaway spot on the lake. Found it by accident. very clean cozy, good facilities, hot water showers, cold beer.

Great spot. Very helpful hosts. We had a great time there. There you find all you need: 110/220V, Wifi, potable water, hot showers, you can do you laundry, rv storage, big rig friendly.

Famous, known by many others. We had only one night here. Definitely wanted to stay longer and enjoy the place and hospitality. Indeed we used our own stuff in the kitchen.

Excellent place to relax and enjoy Hans and Patrcia hospitality... And eventually car races at the nearby "Autodromo" ... Pass to stay one night with mine "Mimosa Kombi" and already three nights... Maybe more !!!

Definitely one of the best camping sites on our trip! Hans and Patricia are lovely and very helpful hosts. We planned to stay 2 nights and ended up staying 4. Had a great and relaxing time there and would have loved to stay longer. Good place to meet other overlanders. Delicious homemade bread and cakes. Ecuador's paradise!!

Still $5pp/n. The kitchen was a bit dirty and wasn't well stocked, ended up pulling out all our own things from our vehicle. No indoor common area and it was quite rainy and cold when we were there. Fantastic owners!

Agree with comments... Good friendly place. We stayed two nights then left our motor home here (1usd per night) took a bus ($3 pp) to Quito (it's a clean service). Then spent 10 days in Galápagos Islands and couple in Quito old city. Took bus back as it was too convenient. Highly recommended vs dragging big motor home. There is a great 11.5 k track all around the lake - we walked around twice and took us about 1.5 hr brisk walking. Good change after sitting all day in vehicle. There are small fish restaurants which you can try. We didn't as both walks were in early morning. Laundry service $3 per load. Only big watch out is biting flies... They are truly bad ass so cover up every inch, put Deet especially if you have soft skin - it will itch like hell, swell red for days and will turn blisters if infected.. Enough said :)

Great place for relaxing. They have all amenities you need and there is plenty of space. The owners are very friendly and helpful. They sell good self made bread.

We had to share the place with two seabridge tours which made it a little crowded. but we got cake every day :) try strawberry! really good place to relax!

Excellent! A little loud on Sundays due to the motorcycle racings across the street. Best is to go at the end of the afternoon on Sunday to avoid the noise but get the desserts from their cafe. Helpful and hospitable hosts. They gave us advice on where to go in Ecuador.

Really great campground and what a huge difference to those who are run by "locals". It seems that Germans know what matters when you do camping! They also have cabanas if you don't feel like pitching a tent. The biting bugs were naughty and it still itches many days after.

Stayed for 2nd time here, was much better than the first time that was a little noisy. This time there was no trucks, was very quiet and really nice.
Left our truck here while we were visiting family in Chile and Hans and Patricia looked after it even when we took longer than planned to come back.
Stayed for the third time and really enjoyed this place.

Very nice stay. We enjoyed three nights. Clean bathroom. Hot shower. Great WiFi. The dogs are well behaved. Hans and Patricia are very friendly. Highly recommended. $5 per person per night.

As below, very enjoyable stay. We came back after our first visit to do a tour to the north west of Ecuador to visit indigenous communities and also descendants from African slaves. Very interesting, Hans can tell you more. We also had an on site visit from his mechanic and had front brake pads changed. Thanks Hans and Patricia.

I stayed there for one week and enjoyed everything! The 5 dogs are more than friendly and start barking just in the morning when joggers are out sidewalking along. The food there, the fresh baked bread and the cakes are a dream. Camping is 5$ a night and worth every cent. Patrizia and Hans are much more than just the owners, they involve everybody who wants into their daily life and give support where ever needed, even with purchases from the city. The area is wide and during my stay we installed a camp fire place where we were sitting every evening with fire wood , which Hans has provided for free. I like to give a big thank you to Patrizia and Hans for that marvelous time!

Very nice place. If you have no problem with 4 medium sized dogs running, playing and barking around day and night when they are awake, go there.

We had a very unlucky week at the camping. Our 7 years old daughter was bitten in the face by one of the dogs. We strongly recommend parents to prevent their kids from playing with them. Also the horses got free and pulled the electricity cable which broke the plug from the camper. On the other hand, there was a very nice atmosphere amongst travelers.

I needed a nice Place for a little relax time and in the end i stayed 15 days in this wonderfull place. Hans and Patricia running a great camping here. If you can time your visit here, come on a weekend, on Sunday the Cafe is open and they offer really excellent Cakes, and some Dishes. All in really good and fresh quality ( I know about this - i am a Chef). You will find here a familiy atmosphere, everything is clean, the Internet is so far good, speed is changing. You can use a kitchen, the water in the shower is hot and if you need help with something, Hans and Patricia are helping. They also can take you to the city, they driving regulary to the center.
I like to add a small coment about the statement from canalblog.com. I was nearby when the things happend with the dog-bite, and they wrote only the half about this story. Hans and Patricia where very unhappy about this. They helped quickly, drove the girl 2 times to the doctor to check. The dogs played together, and she comes between. it was not a hard, agressive bite, more a small scratch. Of course it was unluckly in the face, but not a big thing. The girl was mostly playing allone, without supervision by the parents. Hans told them also to be carefully when the dogs are playing. Same with the broken cable. Also here, it was really unlucky. When some bad things happen in a short time, its never fun, but the owners where very helpful. Its good and helpful to write critics, suggestions or complaints, but they should write the full story.

Nice place, big green area, clean bathrooms, potable water.
A little noisy if you park close to the road.
Payed USD$5 per person.

Wonderful place to recharge our batteries after several days of driving and crossing the border from Colombia. Hans gave us some good recommendations for Galapagos and Amazon tours. You can leave your rig here if flying from Quito

We only stayed one night but we really loved this place. The lake view is stunning and the campground is very nice with all facilities you need. We could easily stay here one week. Try the cake from the cafe - it's really good!

Awesome place to stay at least a week! Everyting We need as there as all friends already informed. The only news is about a kitchen that Hans mande for Overlander traveling with bifes and also backpackers. We also paid USD 5,00 pp per night. Bealtifull view of the lagoon at night of you choose to camp in the street above the camping.

$5 USD pp/night. All info same as below. They are building a kitchen for overlander use, should be done within the next couple of days.

a beautiful place with lots of space for all kind of campers. well maintained spot, with hot shower, clean toilets.The german cakes and the hot meals are Awesome! Patricia and Hans help you with everything you need, they know the local businesses very well, and they can give you recommendations for locale tours. We stayed here for two weeks and enjoyed every minute. Go,see and relax !

What a nice and relaxed place to stay. All clean and the dogs are cute. Our dog, was after a short period, integrated and accepted.
The Coffee Shop is hard to beat, great food and cakes. So if you are looking for a familiar atmosphere, with tons of reasonable offers you are on the right spot.
To name a few: transport to and back from town, knowledge where to go and what to visit, solving problems - what kind ever - and much more...
We recommend this 5 star place...

Cheers
Petra and Stefan

a beautiful place with lots of space for all kind of campers.
well maintained spot, with hot shower, clean toilets.The german cakes and the hot meals are Awesome! Patricia and Hans help you with everything you need, they know the local businesses very well, and they can give you recommendations for locale tours. We stayed here for two weeks and enjoyed every minute. Go,see and relax !

Such a wonderful place! Hans and Patricia made us feel at home.
Also very nice dogs, a great spirit and a wonderful Saturday night barbecue.
We planned on staying one night and it was hard to leave this place after only three nights here!
Highly recommended!!!

Il faudrait être difficile pour ne pas apprécier ce camping et les propriétaires Patricia et Hans qui sont toujours prêts à nous rendre service quand nous sommes dans le besoin. Les sanitaires sont propres et l'eau chaude toujours disponible, la cuisine est accessible pour qui le souhaite. Nous apprécions ce lieu, on se sent vraiment comme à la maison et quand vient le samedi soir, chef Hans au barbecue nous régale pour une modique somme. Nous avons passé une vingtaine de jours, un vrai plaisir, un cadre agréable le tout pour un tarif raisonnable. Nous le conseillons vivement à tous les voyageurs.

Hans et Patricia sont vraiment très sympa, ils nous ont bien rendu service avec nos soucis de bricolage sur notre véhicule. Le camping est très propre ainsi que les toilettes et les douches chaudes. Excellente escale technique et de gardiennage, nous avons laisser notre véhicule plusieurs semaines sans aucun soucis
C'est aussi un très bon endroit pour une remise en forme, Patricia fait de super confitures ainsi que du très bon pain et plein d'autres bonnes choses, le top ce sont les grillades de Hans le samedi soir dans une ambiance très chaleureuse et conviviale, tout cela à des prix plus que raisonnables. Très très bonne adresse.

Sadly, if facilities are good, I have to say 5 owner's dogs in a small place is to much... Wake up every morning by noisy dogs between 5:30 and 7:00 am, a bit to early for us. The last but not least thing is coming when our 6 years old girl was bite on her face by one of these dog ! And no excuse from the owner, he only said : "it's not to bad" ! Was a good place clean our RV but that's all. Even Patricia who said the children can horse riding for free said during tree days : "not now" ! Better to propose nothing in this case !!!

Ein sehr schöner Campingplatz direkt an der Lagune gelegen. Die Besitzer Patricia und Hans sind sehr hilfsbereit und auch behilflich wenn es Probleme mit dem Auto gibt. Es wird selbst Brot gebacken was hervorragend ist. Am Wochenende hat das eigene Cafe wo es selbst gebackenen Kuchen gibt.

This is the place to be, a day, a week, a month or longer. Patricia and Hans are very friendly and help you with everything. Also a nice place to meet other travellers from all over the world. Muchas garcias por todo. We had five wonderful weeks at this place and will miss the saturday evening barbeque and the excellent food from the restaurant on sundays.

Phantastic camping site. All facilities, great people y mucho mas.

The Owners are very nice and helped us with a Motor Problem, at least we needed a new Engine. We stayed here for more than 2 weeks. Todo es possible en Ecuador. Thanks alot!

$5 US/person/night, includes electricity and water. Clean bathrooms, hot showers, and very friendly owners. The restaurant is only open on Sundays.

Wonderful place to relax and catch up for a few days on the outskirts of Ibarra. Lots of secure space for you to camp or leave your rig long term. The owners are german with english and spanish. All the amenities, wifi, electricity, laundry service, clean bathrooms and hot showers. Also they have a cafe open sunday. Homemade bread is made upon request. Its $5 p/p night and $2 a load for laundry. They have 5 dogs and a cat also 2 horses. A great place for overlanders.!

Great place to stay for more than one day just to relax and enjoy the finca. Patricia and Hans are so nice and helpful so if you have any need or question they will give you support. Enjoy the "desayuno aleman" or German dishes on Sundays!

A superb spot to chill out from the hassles of traveling the pan-am. Nice campground with all amenities you need. Power (220V/110V), water, hot showers, laundry machine, wifi and every sunday the german cafe is open. You can get a lot done in Ibarra. Don't hesitate to ask the friendly owners Hans and Patrizia if you need anything. We finally stayed 12 nights and had a great time!

Great location with WiFi, clean and hot showers and toilets and very friendly owners. We stayed there for two nights and paid 5 USD/per person and night. Washing machine (16 kg) was 3 USD per load. They make their own bread which can be purchased after pre-order. (During our stay there have been "biting" insects in the grass - so we took a few "souvenirs" with us.)

Great spot to unwind and catch up. Highly recommended. Hans and Patricia are very kind and helpful. Patricia drove us to their vet to get paperwork for our dog. They put on a barbecue the last night of our stay.

Your best welcome to Ecuador (in case you are coming to Colombia) Hans and Patricia are just great in helping you planning your visit to Ecuador and their campground is definetively overlander orientated, all services work great and the views of the Laguna de Yahuarcocha are great. All prices are reasonable, starting with the 5 USD p/p/n

Lovely place and owners. Great German bread, wifi was good, and the shower was scorching hot.

Five star camping, with everything you need. Electricity, water, hot shower and wifi. The owners are really nice, they have a restaurant on sundays and they make really good bread. Really quiet at night and a lot of space for big rigs.

Really nice spot for overlanders! Hans and Patricia are great hosts. We had live music in front of their cafe on Friday by a couple of Colombian overlanders. Hans has a big Argentinian BBQ that we used to grill food for everyone staying. Internet connection was good.

Lovely, relaxing spot! What a great place to rest, regroup and recharge. So great! We decided to leave our van here while we go to the Galapagos. The charge is $1/day for vehicle storage and we were able to get door-to-door taxi service to the Quito airport for $15 per person!

Very nice place, quiet and friendly staff

Very nice place. Great people. 6us camping fot two people. Dinner and breakfast. Beer. Total 16 us

Great place for overlanders! Lots of space, great bathroom with hot showers, wonderful owners. Hans and Patricia now run a great little cafe on Sundays with delicious German and American breakfasts, complete with good coffee, homemade bread and marmalade! Our only complaint with this great place was the abundant little biting flies, so cover up.

Greatest campground ever! Patrizia and Hans, the german owners, do everything to make you feel welcome. Campground offers all the ameneties you would dream of. We paid 5 USD pP per night.

Great spot to recharge and figure out your travel plans for Ecuador. Great owner and all the amenities you could want.

Great place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying great hospitality. The German owners offer several big grass lots to camp. Hot showers, potable water, washing machine (2 Dollars per load), electricity included in price. 5 Dollars per person per night. They also offer long term parking in case you want to go home or visit Galapagos (1 Dollar per day). Soat can be purchased in town. In case of medical or mechanical issues don't hesitate to ask Hans and Patricia, they will help you out. Basic priducts for cooking and beer can be purchased in the kiosk. www.finca-sommerwind.com