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February 18th, 2018 Swiss-German Bakery Pumpernikel

Cafe and Bakery, open every day from 7 am until 20:30 (sunday 7-15h) with delicious breads and pastries. They also have very good Brezn (Pretzels).
Homemade jam and sauces at reasonable prices.
They also sell Weisswurst and other german sausages, ham and cheese.
German beer is also available.
Dog friendly.
Parking lot with 24h security.

February 13th, 2018 Museo Templo del sol

Nice museum on a old inka site
with a exhibition from a indigenouse artist (Ortega Maila)
outside a lot of stone sculptures
open every day from 9am to 5 pm
small tratitonal dance performance
overnight parking in front of the museum possible, there is a big parking lot, but not level, quiet at night

February 12th, 2018 Free filtered water | Mindo

This place is permanently closed.

February 12th, 2018 Tulipe archeological site

Ceremonial pools of the sacred valley of tulipe
3$ entry fee (kids 1$)
schedule wednesday to sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm
they allowed dogs except of the museum

February 11th, 2018 Mindo Ziplines Tour (+campground with tour)

There are two zipline operators in Mindo, next to each other. Both seem to have 10 cables. This company is run by 4 brothers from Mindo, the other is a company from Costa Rica.
Double cable system, felt very safe and the guides are very nice. On some lines you can do a guide-accompanied superman (head forward). Cost is 20 USD.

Here you can spend the night in the parking lot if you do the tour. There are clean toilets available during operating hours 9-17h (may be left open during the night if you ask?). Dog friendly.

January 25th, 2018 Mega Auto

car body workshop and painter. they removed dents from our back doors and repainted them. did a very good job at 100 USD per back door. Also had a welding job done here. Overall we were very satisfied with their work and work attitude.

January 9th, 2018 Bosque los Arrayanes (myrtle tree forest)

A quiet spot next to one of the supposedly last myrtle tree forest in Ecuador.
The access road is cobblestone with little traffic.
A level spot in front of a closed building. A water tap is available at the building.
There is a short (20-30min) hiking trail through the pretty forest.

December 30th, 2017 El buen alimento - Alquimia Vegetariana

nice vegetarian restaurant
they offers daily menues
good quality and reasonable prices (daily menu 11000 COP)
dog friendly
also offer meals to go and frozen vegetarian supplies (i.e. veggie burgers 500g 8000 COP)
open every day

December 27th, 2017 Panorama Cafe Hostal

the first hostal in buenavista ;-)
great place with an amazing view
long nice balcony with sofas
clean nice rooms
dormroom with breakfast 30.000 cop
private room with breakfast 80.000 cop
fast wifi
free coffee the whole day
friendly staff
they have a own garage for motorbikes and small vans
streetside parking is safe

December 19th, 2017 Car Frenos M&M

personal muy amable y competente. hacer un trabajo muy bueno y rápido, a pesar del cambio difícil de los discos de freno muy buena relación calidad-precio! mucho para recomendar

December 18th, 2017 Taller Diesel la Montana

we were here on saturday to check, if it is possible to change the glow plugs
they say come on monday at 7 am.
monday at 7 nobody was here the mechanics starts at 8.30 am, works until 9 and make a breakfast break ....
at least they didn't change, only break our 2 screws ( extra costs for 190.000 cop!)
it is defenitly no good mechanics

December 17th, 2017 Laundry Cafe

best selfwash laundry in town
they have hot wash program
very clean maschines
10000 cop per load
10000 cop per dryer
good and fast wifi
in the laundry is a small nice coffee

December 15th, 2017 organic garden

its a blue house, parking only on the street possible
fresh vegetables from the garden next to the house

December 15th, 2017 organic garden

its a blue house, parking only on the street possible
fresh vegetables from the garden next to the house
low prices

December 3rd, 2017 NP Los Estoraques

paid 20000cop for 2 pepole and 2 days
the friendly guy open the toilets the whole night
also possible to get water for the tank
dogs allowed in the parkinglot

November 27th, 2017 Pullout on the gravel road

on th road chita - cocuy, pullout flat spot on a ridge with fantastic view to both sides
very quiet at night
view to 4 glaciers in the distance (with clear sky) and also incredible night sky.
this is at about 4100m altitude.
the road from chita to here is rock/gravel which we could do with our 6m Ducato van with sufficient clearance.

November 25th, 2017 Ziclos

Selfwash station with high pressure cleaner
2500cop / 3,30 min
24 hours open
behind the terpel gas station

November 22nd, 2017 Petcenter

They have a big selection of dogfood and a veterinary
parkinglot in front of the shop

November 17th, 2017 Convento Monasterio Desierto de la Candelaria

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November 17th, 2017 Convento Monasterio Desierto de la Candelaria

Monastery that dates back to 1597. Today about 8 monchs live here and offer guided tours through the monastery ( 6000 COP per person, 3000 for children). Opening hours 9-12 and 13-17h
A part of the monastery is a Hotel. Follow the road to the parking next to the Church. There you can park for free (also stay overnight). Just walk through the door next to the church and ask for permission.
We found a free WiFi without password on the parking lot. There are restrooms during the tour, not sure if they are available on request.
You can also buy honey and other things from the monastery.
Btw. the desierto (desert) in the name does not refer to the vegetation but the spiritual aspect

November 12th, 2017 Jardin de la vida - Amero Guyabal (volcano destroyed city)

The main road passes right through the ruins of the old city Armero which was destroyed twice by a nearby volcano. You can wander around the old streets with the remains of destroyed houses. There is also a small "Museum" (interpretative center) - spanish only. Free Entry.

November 12th, 2017 Piedra Pintada (Rock paintings)

This petroglyphs rock is directly next to the road. The carvings/paintings have been repainted red by students. Free entry.

The closest is to park at the pullout in the curve on the main road close to the rock (this coordinates) and walk down through a hole in the fence.
Alternatively you can stop at the piedra pinzada" sign and walk a few hundred meters. However the gate at the sign was closed when we where there.

There is also a Restaurant about 5km south where you can park for the night.

November 1st, 2017 Restaurante Jardin del Lago

only camping is 10000 cop/ vehicle / 2 person
great view, good wifi, clean toiletts
the dogs are calm

September 20th, 2017 Embajada de la coca

Indigenouse Café where you can get Coca Tea, buy dried Coca leaves, Maka, Quinoa and other traditional and not so traditional indigenous products.

September 11th, 2017 Parquedaro la pirámide

secured 24 hour parking lot with a mechanic (did very well some repairs on our van) and carwash
Carlos the nightguard and Julio the owner are very helpful and friendly pepole
quiet at night until 7 in the morning
they offer us a bathroom with shower and runningwater toilett
no problem to overnight in the car
10000 COP per day
dogfriendly

September 8th, 2017 Gas Pais

Daniel is a mobile propane distributor in Ibague who filled our 11kg propane bottle. This is just a dummy location for the city. You need to call/whatsapp him and he will pick up the bottle and return with the full one (It took him 1-2h).
For 20lbs he quoted 28 000 COP.
His numbers are:
+573118471673 (whatsapp)
+573167050175
+573112281836
+573507820110

September 7th, 2017 Altamira

fantastic view
big grassy area
negotiate him to 15000 per night (2 pepole, 1 van,1dog)
clean toiletts
outdoorshower
during the week quiet, maybe noisy on weekends

September 1st, 2017 Hostal Girasoles

We parked on their small grassy lot in front of the gate. Paid 10 000 COP per day per car (2 people). Toilet and shower and wifi included. Great view from the terrace in the back. Dog friendly, space for 3-4 vans.
They also dorms and rooms. A small double room with breakfast is 60 000 COP.

September 1st, 2017 Lavanderia Salento

one of the cheapest laundrys in colombia, good service
12 pieces for 8000 COP
(underwear and socks not included)

September 1st, 2017 Brunch

very delicious veggie meals!!!!
great staff
dogfriendly


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