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Date Place Comment
March 16th, 2020 End of the street and beach on the left

A hostel kinda but more a campground for tents with space for 2 or 3 small vehicles parking. We stayed for a week here in our VW Bus. Great people, tons of room for tents. Directly on the beach.

Primitive amenities, as in there is one public open shower for rinsing after the ocean. The other two shower stalls are meant to use with 5 gallon bucket of water scooped out of the water tank. Toilets are basic bowls missing tanks and seats. Flush with the bucket of water. Kitchen is functional and basic.

Hosts are a friendly cool family. Sergio & family.

A great view of ocean from upper deck, or under it in the shade directly on the beach.

It’s a beautiful small beach, touristy town, nice energy. Loved it here. Stayed a week

March 9th, 2020 El Derrumbe Hospedaje (best place in San José)

Beautiful scenery, fabulous hosts in this peaceful inviting town in the mountains

March 6th, 2020 Dona Rosa Original Black Pottery

This is the family that originally started the Black Pottery from Oaxaca. They have a great demonstration on how the pottery is formed, free. Not all the black pottery you see is authentic, some are painted black.

If your interested in this pottery it is worth a stop.

March 5th, 2020 Jardin Conzati

A nice street camping place to stay. Parking is full during the day, arrive late or super early. Police guard box on site, we asked and they said it was ok to camp here. Very quiet during the night. A good walk to the zocalo. Several nice restaurants & coffee shops w/WiFi nearby.

We found a hostel that would rent us showers 6 blocks south and 2 blocks west, I marked it here on IOverlander. Hostel de las Americas.

March 5th, 2020 Hostel Don Nino

No longer offers showers or facilities on the side. Only for room renting guest. We parked in the park two blocks away and could not find any showers on this end of town. Available by the huge Mercado south west of the zocalo only as far as we could find

March 5th, 2020 Hostel de las Americas Showers

The only hostel we could find that allowed us to just take showers. 30 pesos each. Nice place. Roof top terrace. Close to zocalo

March 5th, 2020 La Cosecha Market

Great hidden treasure of many food vendors and some other goodies. Traditional local foods, great prices, fresh. Defiantly recommend.

March 4th, 2020 Hostel Casa de Sol

This place is permanently closed.

March 3rd, 2020 Tree with largest diameter in the world

Simply amazing, a must see, just off the main road. Loved it.

March 2nd, 2020 ARTE Seda

I loved seeing the Silk production first hand. When we arrived to gentleman invited us to watch as he worked with the moths outside then showed us the whole process from baby worms to spinning. Beautiful silk, cotton and wool garments and rugs available. Worth the drive to the back of town. Takes credit cards too.

March 1st, 2020 Benito Juarez Lake

A beautiful quiet and windy place to camp. Few fishermen and kayakers to keep you company. Police drive by, no questions. Highly recommend it.

March 1st, 2020 Hierve el Agua

Amazing and breathtaking. Known before the conquistadors, open as an attraction since 1995. One of 2 petrified waterfalls in the world, the other is in turkey.

We arrived Saturday afternoon. Paid 10 mex pp to enter area, 25 mex pp to enter Hierve el Agua, and in the eve they cam by to collect 50 mex pp.

Camped on the edge above the pools and falls, woke up to the most amazing view and sunrise. Completely quiet at night, peaceful and safe feeling.

A must see place.

February 7th, 2020 Panda Hostel

I wasn't able to find this place.

February 7th, 2020 Los Camellos Hostel

A nice hostel off the main road. Nice French hosts, been here over 10 years. Speaks French, Spanish & English. Very quiet at night. Nice Garden, Dorms 130 Mx & Private rooms. WiFi. Hot Showers.

We stayed in the Kombi, smaller vehicles only, on the street in front for a couple weeks and used their facilities showers and baños and WiFi for 40 Mx pp a night, maybe 10 pesos more for kitchen but we did not need it.

Los Camellos -
phone 967 116 0097
Email [email protected]

February 5th, 2020 Bek’ Semilla de Vida

Just found this little gem, of the 3 other vegan Restaurant’s we visited it is one of our favorites. Great menu full of choices, vegan cheeses and creams, best salad, tacos, soups, sandwiches, deserts, a couple GF options, lots of milk alternatives, a few supplies available to take home too. And did I mention one of the better priced places around.

Our other favorite is around the corner on the Main Street a couple blocks and again great menu and price. Loving Hut Vegan

February 3rd, 2020 Pemex with OXXO

Stayed here one night, talked to the guys at the station, said it was ok, no one charged us anything. 24 hr OXXO with restroom open all night. We parked along the fence back by the station building. Quiet enough for a road side truck/gas station.

It was on the other side if the highway from the direction we were going but open to both sides and easy to get to.

February 3rd, 2020 Abandoned Toll Booth with Banditos

In normal government official opposition. Posted toll for auto was 80 pecos. All looks good

February 3rd, 2020 Loving Hut Vegan

Amazing menu, friendly lady, speaks Spanish & English. We had 2 spring rolls, 2 GF muffins and kombucha for 100 pesos, we will return

January 31st, 2020 Zócalo Park town center

Returning for a couple more night and to enjoy the weekend here, it really is a great location with so much around.

January 30th, 2020 La Venta, villa ecoturistica

We parked in the lot next to the trout lake overlooking the water. Camping was 50 pesos per person. No showers, bathrooms available in the restaurant. A beautiful waterfall next to us and if you keep walking up the hill there is an amazing view of the volcano, felt so close. Lots of activities you can pay for, trout fishing-you pay to fish then pay to have the restaurant cook it, zip line, archery and I’m sure much more. We just hung out and enjoyed watching the volcano.

They rent cabins for 1600 pesos.

Cold and very windy in January 😏

January 29th, 2020 Dirt Road to top of pass

The dirt road starts here, on our way up to explore Paseo de Cortez.

The road was decent enough for small cars, in our experience a pretty good dirt road.

Took us an hour to get to la venta villa ecoturistico.

Another 8km to the pass Paseo de Cortez

January 29th, 2020 Mercado Cholula

Here is the huge local fresh food and household wears the locals all buy, stock their restaurants and the like. The best prices and friendly people. To really indulge and feel the culture of the locals, shop where they shop. Buy local arts and crafts, and lots of affordable fresh restaurants. We love shopping and eating in the mercados of the towns we visit giving us a real taste of the people.

Also the streets going to and beyond are full of great shops and restaurants, a great side of town to explore.

January 28th, 2020 Museo regional de Cholula

A great large museum about everything Cholula and surrounding areas, antiquities, pre Spaniards and modern amazing art.

Free on Tuesday!

It’s in the same site area as the pyramid but accessible from the trail around the park. It’s in the old Sanitarium. We were very pleased to visit and really enjoyed the diverse culture it had to share.

January 28th, 2020 Koatlikuye Pachamama

Could not find it, looks gone, found the neighboring restaurant but no one on the street knew this one.

January 27th, 2020 Zócalo Park town center

Parked right on the side of the big grassy city park town center. Tons of restaurants and little stores surround the plaza. Park is really nice and clean. There is a paid bathroom available. 5 minute walk to the pyramid/cathedral. Found a nice coffee shop to get WiFi from in the restaurants inside the plaza area under the arches in the park.

Parking spots are small, good for passenger cars and vw buses. Great trees for afternoon shade.

Costs 6 peso an hour, free after 8pm-8am. Parking attendant said we could stay the night. The meter only pays for a few hours, if you want to pay for the day just go to the hotel under the arches in the plaza on the far right, they can set you up for the full day. If you don’t pay they take your license plates till you pay the fine FYI

Artist stalls and food vendors through the day. And a beautiful fountain. Lots of beautiful shady trees and plenty of benches.

And don’t forget to feed the squirrels, so friendly.

January 27th, 2020 Trip wagon VW Mechanic

Great guys here, work on all old vw’s and convert buses into campers. The custom make pop tops for campers and do metal work fixing old buses too. We met a couple here building their bus interior after they had their new pop top installed. Recommend if you need work on your vw or want to add a pop top for more room. Find them on IG and Instagram under “trip wagon”

January 26th, 2020 Chante 18 Hostel

We loved it here, 10-15 minutes walk from all the local interest. Great hosts and the other guests were fabulous. Beautiful accommodations too.

Address AVE 18 OTE 423

January 26th, 2020 Chante 18 (+camping)

We loved it here, 10-15 minutes walk from all the local interest. Great hosts and the other guests were fabulous. Beautiful accommodations too. Nice roof top patio on the 2nd floor we loved hanging out on. We camped out front in our bus for 5 days, use of all facilities including a continental breakfast and 24 hour access with a key. Street was dead quiet during the night, we slept great.

Address AVE 18 OTE 423

January 23rd, 2020 Volks VW Parts

Parts for your Kombi or bug, we needed a cv joint and they took good care of us getting Kombi Wasi back on the road

January 20th, 2020 hotel playa azul

We enjoyed our stay here, parked in the grass facing the beach, direct access to the beach, felt like Tulum before it became tourist trap overwhelming. Same basic layout and town, out past the town is down the Long Beach road the hotels and establishments are starting to take hold. This is the central popular area on the long expanse of beach, a nice central location with polapas on the beach to rent and a few carts with snacks for sale. Our nights were peaceful and quiet with just the ocean in the background. There was a local street side restaurant 5 min walk down the road. An OXXO convenience store is at the turn to the hotel. Note turn right just past the OXXO, then left at the Tectate sign into the Playa Azul parking lot. They insisted on 200 a night per person but we did get them down to 100 with effort. We stayed 4 nights. If a beach stay in Tuxpan is your desire, I recommend it. Yes they have WiFi