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Finca Sommerwind | Established Campground

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Last Visited: 13 days ago
GPS: 0.380835, -78.089481
Altitude: 2236.5 masl
Place Website: www.finca-sommerwind.info

Amenities

Electricity: Yes - At Sites
Wifi: Yes - Average
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Showers: Warm
Water: Potable
Restroom: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Ok Place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying german hospitality. The German owners offer several big grass lots to camp.
5 Dollars per person per night: Hot showers, potable water, electricity, spotty WIFI included in price. Washing machine is 3 Dollars per load.
They also offer long term parking in case you want to go home or visit Galapagos (1 Dollar per day).
In case of medical or mechanical issues don't hesitate to ask Hans and Patricia, they will help you out.
Basic products for cooking can be purchased in the kiosk, such as beer, milk, homemade bread etc.
On Sundays the Cafe-Sommerwind is open with breakfast, lunch and cakes.
Energy... 110volts and 220volts

Those looking for peaceful nights should know that two (out of five) large dogs run free all night and bark at any and all activity along the road regardless of what it is or what time it is. The other three add to the cacophony during the day. On weekends​ you'll become badly annoyed by super loud cars at the nearby race track...
(see also checkin August 11th, 2017 )

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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.

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