Disfrute La Naturaleza Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
December 21st, 2017 Quarry Microondas San Francisco

The dirt road to the Microondas San Francisco is a bird spot where you can easily see the Black-chested Sparrow.
But it's also a nice walk along the dry forest there.
We stopped at the quarry because the road is very bumpy and is better suitable with a 4x4 afterwards.
Sleeping here is fairly quiet. You barely hear the main road under. It's also safe because private security from the mine above watch the area.
Acess to the dirt road is at km145 of MEX80 north of Autlan.

December 18th, 2017 Lavanderia

9am-9pm Monday to Friday
9am-4pm Saturday

December 18th, 2017 Expedicion Astro House

Such lovely people !
Gina and Girardo welcome you warmly to their home. As overlanders, you have so much to share with them and their 3years old son Matias is lovely.
Spanish speaking is better but they also speak good english.
We parked our van in their street. Quiet at night.
You have access to great bathroom with hot shower, Wifi and washing machine.

Une famille adorable !
Gina et Girardo vous reçoivent chaleureusement dans leur maison. Comme ce sont des voyageurs, la discussion est facile avec eux et ils ont plein d'endroits sympas à vous donner à visiter. Leur fils Matias de 3ans est adorable.
Nous avons bavardé en espagnol mais ils parlent aussi bien anglais.
On a stationné dans leur rue. Calme la nuit.
On a accès à une salle de bain avec douche chaude. Wifi et machine à laver.

December 16th, 2017 Surgeon Dentist

Dr José Luis Rolon Chavez is a Surgeon Dentist.
His office is small and just has the basic tools (no big scans, no assistant,...) BUT he's a great dentist !
I had a big toothache. Had to remove the nerves of one of my molar. I felt absolutly no pain (and I'm touchy !).
Ododoncia (=removal of the nerves) 1800pesos.
Ceramic crown 4000pesos.
adress : 1° de Mayo No 368C, ZAPOTLAN EL GRANDE, Jalisco
tel : 413 34 99
cel : 341 439 0622
His office generally opens at 11am

December 15th, 2017 Gas Tomza

Propane gas station where you can refill US/canadian tanks.

December 15th, 2017 Agua Purificada Oasis

13pesos/garafon at the shop or 12pesos/garafon at the 24/24h on the side of the shop.
Opens at 8am

December 15th, 2017 Faro de Agua

Agua Purificada auto-servicio 24/24h

December 14th, 2017 Parking La Cumbre

Parking at the head of the 3km trail up to La Cumbre. 10pesos for the night inside or you can park in front, next to the road for free.
Noise from the road.

December 11th, 2017 Yerba Buena

Slept on the side of the park. Very quiet during a weekend for three nights.

December 3rd, 2017 Parking after La Joya - Nevado de Colima

Side of the road at the begining of the trail to the summit of Nevado de Colima at 3438m abvove sea level. Take the dirt road the goes down to La Joya and go almost to the end.
The dirt road to the park is very bumpy and dusty. High clearance is very recommanded. We touched the back of the van twice on the way up.
Park entry : 32ppp
If you really want to hike the Nevado de Colima but can't go with your vehicule, Girardo in Ciudad Guzman organizes guided tours and you can park in his street. Contact at : [email protected]

Bord de piste au début du sentier menant au Nevado de Colima à 3438m d'altitude. Prendre la piste qui descend à La Joya et aller presque jusqu'au bout.
La piste menant au parc est très poussiéreuse et rebondissante. Deux passages à guet assez profond nous ont fait toucher l'arrière du camion en montant. Bonne garde au sol recommandée.
Entrée du parc : 32ppp.
Si vous voulez monter sur le Nevado mais que vous ne pouvez pas y aller avec votre véhicule, Girardo à Ciudad Guzman organise des vistes guidées. Vous pouvez stationner devant sa maison. Contact à : [email protected]

November 27th, 2017 Lavanderia Mara

Friendly owner. We arrived at 10am and he agreed to have the laundry ready for 3pm.

November 27th, 2017 Agua Purificada

auto-servicio 24/24h for 10pesos/garafon

November 26th, 2017 Pemex

Large parking lot behind the gas station. No trucks. Quiet.

November 25th, 2017 Nevado De Toluca

Bumpy dirt road.
10km till the entrance gate and 17km more to the refugio drivable with an RV. Parking at the refugio id free. Pit toilets free or 5pesos depending of the day.
Entrance fee : 40pesos/vehicule.
0°C in the van in the morning. Make sure you have good blankets and some paracetamol for altitude seakness.
The walk to the lagunas is easy and beautiful.

Piste qui rebondit pas mal mais faisable en camping-car. 10km jusqu'à l'entrée du parc et encore 17km jusqu'au refugio. Stationner sur le refugio est gratuit. WC gratuit ou à 5pesos selon le jour.
Entrée : 40pesos/véhicule.
0°C dans le camion le matin. Prévoir de bonne couverture et du paracétamol pour le mal de l'altitude.
Balade aux lagunes facile et superbe.
La montée sur le Toluca se fait dans des éboulis, donc prévoir de bonnes chaussures.

November 21st, 2017 Piedra Herrada (Mariposas Monarca Sanctuario)

Now parking during the day is 15pesos/day.
We slept for free the first night. But the second night, the night guard requested 100pesos just for parking for the night. We slept in front of the closed parking lot for free.
Normally you must pay for a guide. But if you leave early, you can manage to do without.
We made the mistake of following the main track with explanary signs. There aren't ANY butterflies there (right now at the end of november 2017). The 100 trees full of butterflies are on the right. When you follow the paved trail at the beginning, there are two circular resting areas. On the second one, don't follow the large main trail, take the tiny one that climbs on the right hand side. When you reach another large trail, go to the right under the "Precocion" yellow band and follow the tracks. The end of the climb is steep.

November 20th, 2017 Pemex

Just outside Altamirano. Relatively quiet at night.
Closes at 8:30PM Opens at 6:30AM

November 20th, 2017 Agua Purificada Biopura

In the village, on the side of the main road.

November 14th, 2017 El Coral

Great place !
The beach is wild, beautiful. Calm atmosphere.
40ppp with WC, cold shower and electricity.

November 13th, 2017 Zicatela beach street

Free but noisy during the night. Lots of traffic.

November 11th, 2017 Cabañas La Habana

The owner charges what he wants.
This time, first he asked 250pesos for the night with electricity. Since we paid 120pesos three months ago without electricity, we managed to lower the price to 150pesos for the night with electricity.

November 10th, 2017 Laundry

Lavanderia at the end of the street. Follow the sign inside.
Open 8am - 5pm
You can have it ready for the afternoon if you come early in the morning.

November 8th, 2017 Blue Rock Restaurant

Beautiful dune to hike on the right hand side about 30minutes away from the restaurant.

November 6th, 2017 Hotel Posada San Rafael

There was a bloqueo in Zanatepec. The owner asked 100pesos for dry camping. No Toilets no shower. We left and slept in a street.

November 3rd, 2017 Campamento Tortuguero

As said in the tourist attraction comment, this is a conservation center for turtles, mainly tortuga golfina.
We came here and stayed a week. The staff is very friendly and you're allowed to camp for free on the campamento in exchange of a little help. Toilets, cold shower, water at the tape. One can also plug onto the electricity.
We were there at the end of october. The biggest activity is between august and september where you can find over 100 nests during the night. Help is needed and more than welcomed.
Early in the morning and during the day, you can help collect the new born baby turtles and then release them to the ocean. Sometimes we collected over 5000 baby turtles in one morning !
Patrols are at 9PM or 3AM, depending on the time of the year. Even though it was late in the season, we saw turtles nesting on the beach during the night.
Great experience ! Great people !
Make sure you've got all the food necessary, there isn't much in Puerto Arista and you might want to stay more than planed.

October 31st, 2017 Cyber

Only Cyber in town.
Open 8am - 8pm.
Ask the abarrote to the right if the guy is not there.
You can plug with a cable or to the wifi.
AC very much welcome with this heat.
Average to fast Internet

October 26th, 2017 Jose's Camping And Cabanas

Expensive but convenient.
There are Boat-billed Herons in the mangrove nearby and Giant Wrens in the neighbours' trees.
Wifi too expensif (10p/15min, 25p/1h) and restricted.
Better go to the only cyber in town which is fast for 15pesos/h.

October 24th, 2017 Refugio del Quetzal

No quetzal when we came but we've had no luke with this bird so far (;)). Apparently the best period of time is from january to june when it's nesting.
Beautiful forest.
Nice and safe place to stay. Noise from the road.

October 21st, 2017 Hotel Villa Real

50Q per night. Altitude : 3044m.
Safe place to park and then hike to the Tajamulco.
The owner, a very nice old man, opened a room for us to use the bathroom. WC and hot shower.
Noise from the nearby road.
Our 7m long van fit in the empty parking lot. Room for two RVs if the place isn't crowded.

October 18th, 2017 Corazon del Bosque

Nice little park on the side of the road. Open 8h30-17h.
We paid 50Qpp for two days and one night.
Children playground and little swimming pool. Average WC.
We were there for the 2h trail in the forest. Very nice with couple birds.
Noise from the nearby road and crowded with many kids during the day.
Average wifi from the office.

October 17th, 2017 500 years old Ceiba tree

Nice 500 years old Ceiba tree in the little town of Palin.
We parked at the guarded Despensa Familiar parking up the main road. It's a 5min walk to the tree.


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