wy22ontheroad Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
August 9th, 2019 Parque Lago Municipal

Nice big municipal park in cute town. We where too tall to go the main entrance but just a little further north there is another entrance without high restrictions. Lots of places to park and potentially camp, we parked in front of a long row of picnic tables where is was fairly dark. A security guard came around and we asked if it was alright to stay the night and they said ‘no problem, tranquilo’. There are public bathrooms right next to us but they are locked right now. It’s a Friday night and it is busy with lots of people, driving, running, walking dogs, riding bikes. Free!

June 9th, 2019 Parque Penguino Rey

Closed for June and July! Apparently the park is closed every year for these two months. No sign saying it’s closed. Finally someone from inside walked by and we got the details. We were pretty disappointed but then we stood on top of our van and we could see about 40 king penguins. They were far away but with good binoculars we could see them and about 10 juveniles.

June 3rd, 2019 Entrance to Perito Moreno Glacier

Entrance fee has gone up again, 800 pp now. Also be aware if you come here in the winter that it is mandatory to have chains for your tires. If you don’t have them they won’t let you in, and in our case it was Sunday so we couldn’t buy any in El Calafate til the next day.

June 1st, 2019 Laundry Club

Nice place, cheap and good WiFi while you wait. I’ve added a photo with their hours.

May 13th, 2019 Backyard of valle de la luna

We spent two amazing nights here. A local man who owns a hotel in SP came by with his family. We asked if he knew if it was ok for us to camp there and he said ‘of course’ but also asked us to just not leave any trash. There is a gate a few km back but it was open while we were there.

May 4th, 2019 Ford Island

Yes it is a nice island with a good shelter bay. However we were very disappointed by all of the unburied human excrement and toilet paper found just about everywhere. As overlanders we should all hold ourselves to higher standards when it comes to respecting the places we call home for a night.

May 2nd, 2019 Free potable water @ Uyuni’s central market

This is the actual spot to fill up. Two grifos next to each other and multiple people confirm it’s agua potable.

April 24th, 2019 Paceña La Salteña

Really good salteñas, although a bit on the small side. You will probably want to eat at least two for a small meal. We came here twice and both times the servers were super friendly.

February 22nd, 2019 Next to a nice abandonned church

Still a nice place to spend a night. Not at all hidden but there is very little traffic and the people in the nearby houses are very nice and have no problem with overlanders staying here.

February 20th, 2019 Cheap hot shower

Still a good place to get a hot shower for cheap!

February 14th, 2019 Parking at Hydroelectrica

We didn’t drive here because we were worried about road conditions for our sprinter van during the rainy season. The bridge near Santa Maria has been replaced and the road is mostly paved all the way here. Every tour bus that comes out here is a sprinter van, so we really wish we had driven ourselves and stayed here.
We think the best way would be to arrive here in the afternoon, walk to the municipal campground at the base of Machu Picchu, camp the night in a tent there, then wake up early to see the ruins and after that walk back out to Hidroelectrico. This way you split the long walk up overnight and have more energy to explore the ruins.
Also at Machu Picchu they will only let you through the gate ONE TIME, we had a bathroom emergency and then had to beg to get back in.

February 14th, 2019 Bridge out

Today the new one lane bridge opened to traffic of all sizes. No longer have to drive through water or go around in any way. Good to go!

January 27th, 2019 Laguna Wilcacocha

Yes rough and slow. Definitely need high clearance but our 2WD Sprinter made it up without much trouble. Not many options on where to park and camp. Probably best to ask someone near by if it’s ok to camp. We did and they said of course it’s fine, but it’s good to be polite. The view is unbelievable, coming here is a must do!!

January 25th, 2019 Marian Wahi

Exactly as others have said. It’s a really quite and peaceful place to sleep and even spend the day. Lots of space to park. The max height through the gate is probably 3.5m so that’s the only restriction. The bathroom is very clean and there is a nice kitchen. Easy to get to and from Huaraz with the collectivos. The owners Rogata and Avecio are incredibly nice and helpful. They talked with us about what hikes to do and even pulled out a great map to show us around. 👍👍

January 24th, 2019 Chancos rock climbing

Spent the night here, there was more traffic than we expected but it was peaceful enough. The climbing is nice however most of the bolts were scary, either lose hangers or bolts placed in suspect rock. Didn’t have any issues but I was always a little unnerved. Bonus, the rock is all in shade starting around noon.

January 23rd, 2019 Wi-Fi

Still there, still 1 sole/hour. It’s called Internet El Gringo WiFi, you’ll see a sign for it on the main road.

November 23rd, 2018 Nestlé free water tap

Great find! Just like all the other reviews say!

September 27th, 2018 Camping Cotopaxi CLOSED WHEN VOLCANO AWAKE

This is part of the La Rinconada campground and is no longer free. $5 pppn. Nice place with great views but a little expensive for what you get. The camp on the opposite side of the road to the laguna is still free.

September 20th, 2018 Hostal Pelican Larry

In front of the covered parking but behind the gate is enough room to fit our 6m sprinter van with about 4m to spare. They asked 23000cop each for us to sleep in the van, it includes breakfast, but is still very expensive. We arrived late and didn’t want to keep looking for other places in the city. Feels secure.

September 18th, 2018 Mirador de Jericó

About 1 hour from La Pintada. Great place to spend the night up high in the cool climate. Good view of the town. Everyone is very friendly and says it’s no problem to sleep here. No amenities. Free!

September 12th, 2018 Great Wild Camping spot on top of Mountain.

40 minutes from Susa. The very last hill was too steep for our sprinter van. We slept just below at a fork in the road. Very quite, just farmers going by on their motorbikes. Several stopped to make sure we were ok or just chat. We asked if it was ok to be there and they all said no problem. Lovely country side.

September 10th, 2018 Panoramic View - Free

We stopped here and it seems like a great place. However when we asked for permission from the police they said no. I tried talking to him a little bit and explaining that I know other people have camped here recently. His answer stayed a firm NO. Didn’t stay.

September 7th, 2018 Finca y café La Victoria

We came here in the afternoon and got a cup of coffee and some cake. After we finished we asked if we could sleep in our van where it was parked in the parking area. They said no problem and we had a quite and cool night.

August 25th, 2018 Cerro Azul

Our two wheel drive sprinter van made it up here without much trouble, even with the rain. Great place to escape the heat. Lots of wind at night. Good views of the city. Stayed up here 4 nights total, really liked it.

August 10th, 2018 Santa Maria! (river bend)

Didn’t have any luck trying to get here. Gates were locked and no one was around to ask. It was getting late so we went down the road to ‘Cienaga Las Macanas’ that we could see on maps.me. Can’t recommend going there either. We hoped there might be a entrance to the reserve where we could camp but it was just narrow dirt roads leading past ranch lands. Lots of bugs.

August 8th, 2018 Golfo Dulce Overlook

Great place to spend the night! Not much to keep you here longer than the night though. Wonderful views and it’s just enough off the road to be hidden and feel safe. The dirt track down from the pullout is really easy, no problem in our sprinter van.