dreadscanada Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
September 8th, 2019 Mobile

Gas station in town that accepts Canadian currency to pay for gas.

September 7th, 2019 Route 505 gravel pit

a small gravel pit with a trail going off into the brush. good place to stop if darkness is approaching. windy. no facilities. would be quiet night.

September 6th, 2019 Two Butte State Wildlife Area

Free camping spot. Beautiful landscape. No facilities. No shade. Tad windy as it is in the open. Would stay for a night if darkness was approaching.

September 3rd, 2019 Shell Gas Station

After filling up going north there is green space located behind the shell and oxxo/Italian brewing company. Bathrooms available. Sound of wonderful trucks throughout the night. :)

September 3rd, 2019 Agriculture Checkpoint

Update: checkpoint still there. military and police tonight.
no issues getting through. did not inspect anything in truck.

September 2nd, 2019 Propane

$70.92 pesos for a 8.2L North American style propane tank. Just had to find someone near or in the facility to fill the tank.

September 2nd, 2019 Road side stop

6 silo type structures with a big barn right beside the road. Stopped here for lunch but would spend the night if needed. Great view of mountains and the silos are interesting. Not much for shade but could be out of sight from the road if need be behind the barn.

August 29th, 2019 rio san juan aguacatan water fall

Update: was asked for 50q. s
So guessing price went up. Once inside parkade area locked in at night. No bathrooms inside locked parking area. no water available. no Wi-Fi. pretty bleak for 50q but the sound of the river and light background music is soothing. So pay for secure parking in the evening is what it is. Area is nice. Water looks good. Dog friendly. Caretaker was nice to talk with and set the price for the evening.

August 28th, 2019 Restaurante tortas Mila

The lady who owns/manages this restaurant/property is very generous to travellers. Behind the restaurant is a big parking space to stay overnight. Even further behind is where there is a water park that is currently closed but located in the park is where showers and toilet facilities are located for use. Would ask permission first if camping is available. This is the second time we stopped here in two months apart from stays. Dogs are fine. Restaurant with free WiFi inside. A drink or food purchase would be courteous:) There is also a panderia (bakery) attached to the restaurant. Very tasty treats!

August 27th, 2019 Small river stop

Only 1 way down to a few open grassy spaces next to a small river. There is a cascade nearby. Hidden from road. Climate is cooler in the mountains. If not staying the night great place for a lunch or let the dog(s) out to stretch and drink. Spoke with a local at the spot who said his father owns the area and will hopefully one day start a small camping and restaurant in the location. For now its free:)

August 26th, 2019 taller automotriz dennis

Went to shop for electric issues on my vehicle. Ended up getting a new fuel filter, new front brake pads installed and a outer tie rod replaced. Showed up at 10am and was gone by 3pm. I do recommend this shop for any minor mechanical issues going on. I would not recommend for any electrical issues to be taken care of. Hour after leaving same issue came back. All that was done for the issue was some tape and zip tie. Which got me on the road but did not resolve the issue. Price was reasonable for all work done and yes Dennis handed over all receipts for parts purchased.

August 26th, 2019 Balneario las Orquídeas

Got to gates around 7pm. No one seemed to be onsite so just backed into the parking region opposite side of property for the evening. Looks really nice inside gates. Too bad no one here. lights were on. Perhaps just too late. Weather is magnificent during the evening for cooling down.

August 25th, 2019 Hotel La Fuente

Stayed here due to truck issues. Showed up around 8pm. Was no issues getting inside and staying the night. 100L was the rate. They opened up a room for use of the shower and washroom. Very secure.

August 23rd, 2019 Rio Arenal

Nice spot beside river. It is sandy. There is a few level locations just up beside the shoreline if water was to rise. Big trees to park under for shade. If not camping here its a great stop for the dog to get out and play in the water.

August 18th, 2019 Madre Tierra Restaurant & Cafeteria

A coffee plantantation with restaurant onsite and a big open flat parking area on grass. Cooler temperatures from a higher climate with the sound of a running stream nearby and birds singing in the trees. Spoke with Hilber who lives just below the restaurant, said 3,000 colones for the night with eating at the restaurant.

July 30th, 2019 Simon Says

Nice resturaunt. open concept surrounded by plants. fresh food produced on their farm. prices are ver reasonable. All you can eat breakfast buffet for 200C and smoothies for 60C when you get the breakfast. everything was very delicous!!! they have Wi-Fi and super nice staff. very comfortable and atmosphere. Carlos has a farm and offers tours. highly recommend.

July 24th, 2019 Pandora Hostel

Cozy clean hostel we found on bookings. Paid 25 usd night private room. Shared dorm available. AC extra but got it included in the price shown online from bookings. Breakfast available didn't try it. Allowed our big dog no problem in the room. AC, 2 fans, cold shower, clean toilet in the room we had. Community kitchen, hookah lounge with tv, good Wi-Fi in community areas. No issues parking in front of their site for two nights. Was ten min drive to magma 4×4 for work done on our truck so very conveniently located. Couple resturaunts a block away.

July 23rd, 2019 Magma4x4 / Axis

Great shop for work to be done. They do it all at a very reasonable price. Fitted a snorkel we purchased. Cut metal plates and welded together a small lift for our back end sag issue. New tires installed on the rear. Looked at the rear diff leak that had started recently. Even zip tied our mudflaps to stop hitting the tire. Whole time I was out asking questions with Rafael and taking pictures of the entire days work for personal nostalgia. Explained every thing in great detail. Very proffessional and clean shop. Brought me coffee at start of day. Water on site. Tons of Toyota's and other vehicles to admire. Very good experience overall in dealing with the magma/axis teams. All work was completed in one day.

July 22nd, 2019 Lago de Masaya

Drove here to possibly camp. We didn't stay but a nice free option in a quiet location beside the lake. Small trail down about 15 metres to water. Lots of plastics floating on edge of lake. Couple other spots nearby to stay the night as well. Temp felt nice in shade with a breeze beside the water. We carried on south to the other free spot located. Will update..

July 22nd, 2019 Laguna de Masaya

Here's an update. Yes nice spot with good view of lake. Unfortunately the amount of garbage on shoreline is disgusting. A small needle was spotted amongst everything else so be cautious if entering water. We did not stay so continued on through village where there are a few more open areas one could park for the evening with the lake in view. Note: there is a trail that takes you all around the lake with some navigating from maps me. 4L will do the job. Would not attempt in a big rig. Took just over an hour with some nice views along the way and fun terrain to test your skills. Would not do if raining. Enjoy.

July 12th, 2019 Salto Estanzuela

Beautiful area! Waterfalls are really pretty. and a short walk down to them . The lady that takes care of the place is really nice. She goes home around 6:30-7pm and locks the gate and comes back at 6am. She walks down to the waterfalls to clean all the basura. She is very friendly. Offered us breakfast and water . it was 100c as stated before for the night and entry to the falls. Worth a stop if you dont mind pit toilets and no wifi. we loved it. the night sounds were soothing to us.

June 30th, 2019 Giros Internet Cafe

This place is right on the Pan American Highway. next door to the Lito's Comida Mexicana. It is open even on Sunday. We were able to get internet and our photocopies done before the boarder. It was a lifesaver as we had run out of our copies. The man was very nice and he spoke a little English. $2.60 for about 4 copies of everything.

June 28th, 2019 mega lake view

This was a nice stop as we arrived into town! we had a couple beers at $2.50/beer and shared the appetizer platter $12.95 we were full! it was a great view an nice to relax. The whole area is absolutely beautiful! very friendly staff. Its a very posh place. average prices for food was $8-$20.

June 26th, 2019 lajamaya

Nice area great view. the water is bright turquoise. There is garbage around the camp area but it does look like they try to clean it up. they have a pool we went for a dip even tho it was a little merky. The nice lady also made us pupusas and coffee for morning. 2 papusas each with coleslaw an rancheros sauce plus our coffee was $3. When we areived the guy tried to charge us $6/night. he didnt have change for our $10 and said he would come back in the morning with the $4 change. but he didnt so we stayed another night. outdoor showers and bucket flush toilets. it was great for our dog!

June 24th, 2019 Pets Paradise

we found some decent brands of dog food here. purina an acana and raw food, very expensive but they have it. they also have pet services for grooming it looks like.

June 21st, 2019 Hotel Iquitiu

Secure parking lot. Dog friendly. Small kitchen on site not sure on hours open. Very clean room. Rotating fan on ceiling. Friendly owner & staff. Big rigs would have issues getting in through gate. Great view on top terrace. Coffee and pan provided in morning. Paid 235 for 1 night.

June 19th, 2019 Field Mechanic Jose Maria ajú navichoc

Owner of the Cafe Chuasinayi gave us this mechanics number. Helped us find a used rear differential same day and delivered in the evening from Quetzaltenango. Finished install following day. Work took place across the street from the cafe where the space can accomidate a bigger size vehicle. Jose was very helpful and didn't mind me helping out with the work. Even did a brake bleed for us. Very reasonable price for the work done and finished in a timely fashion. Number for mechanic: 33742366 whatsapp
Goes by Chema.
If number does not work ask for Chema the mechanic at the cafe. He does not have a shop so he will come to you.

June 10th, 2019 teleman mechanic

4057 1814
Number of a local mechanic (Robin) who came out and helped us with some wiring issues today. Came out after hours (1830) to help us out get back on the road. Asked if it would be ok to post his number for the area. No problems was the answer. Drove out about 5km to help us out. Didn't want any quetzales for the fix. Handed over 100q for the trouble. Got us out of a pinch so adding if your in the area and have a issue. Unsure if he has a shop in town. This is not the correct location for him. He is located in the town east of this pin..

June 9th, 2019 Cascada termal - hot Spring waterfall (+informal campsite)

where to start! when we arrived you there was a bunch of kids begging for money. when i reached out to give them some mints the twisted my fingers as they were snatching it outta my hands. and the ones who didnt get any of the candy followed us up the road to parking lot and demanded we give them something, one little girl was bold enough to reach for a pen and stating to give her that. The old man who looks like he runs the place wouldnt even let us get out of the car before he was asking for his 40Q. 15q pp and 10q to park. then to top of this horrible expierence while we were at the waterfalls a young teenage boy started to grope me in the cave and tried to kiss me. i got outta there in a fine hurry. i told my husband and he went to go talk to the kid an he swam an hid in a cave. when we told the old man about this incident he shook his head and walked away. Overall this was a horrible expierence. I dont recommend it. the kids in this area make you feel really uncomfortable. also there are no baños except at the resturaunt and they wanted 5Q

June 9th, 2019 243

stayed here for a night as it was dark outside. honestly it was the worst sleep we have had. it was hot an humid and all we could smell was garbage. the trucks and buses ran all night long. the bus beside us idled for a half hour. filling our RTT with exhaust. i really dont recommend staying here if you can help it.