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January 1st, 2012 Cabañas Irunia

Fantastic campground under coconut trees directly at the long sandy beach. Toilets and cold showers. We have been the first guests for the very nice owner Teresa. The small area is only accessible at low tide, because you have to drive north along the beach about a mile from Mompiche. Since the spot is limited in space it is only suitable for vehicles up to six meters length.

You should not miss dinner with Teresa. Fresh seafood, cooked to perfection - just a dream !!! (10 US $ / person)

(4 US $ / person)

January 1st, 2012 Hosteria Ecologica Nicanchigua

We stayed on the small parking lot in front of the restaurant. Hot showers and clean toilets in the cabins. Very nice garden with chairs at the river. In 10 minutes walking distance you reach Mindo.

(US $ 5 / person)

January 1st, 2012 Mindo - Hacienda San Vicente

Parking lot of the Yellow House in the beautiful developed garden with blossomed flowers . Hot shower, clean toilet. (Slow) Free WIFI. For additional $ 4 / person / day you can hike the trails of the area and you can stroll through the cloud forest for hours and do bird watching (highly recommended).

There is very good, homemade bread at Barbara's Restaurant-Cafe Oasis (S 78.77465 0.05398 W). Excellent swiss style cheese at Pueblo Nuevo Queso 3 km before the turn to Mindo (S 78.78948 0.01709 W).

(4 US $ / person)

January 1st, 2012 Pululahua Hostal

Camping in the parking lot next to the hostel. Hot showers, clean toilets. Free WIFI. Great views. Excellent base for hikes in the crater area.

Do not miss the detour to the view point on the crater (N 78.48256 W 0.02426).

(3 US $ / person)

January 1st, 2012 Cloud Forest Hostel

Camping in the parking lot in front of the hostel. Hot showers, clean toilets. With wood stove heated lounge, equipped with TV / video combination and many films, table tennis, billiards. Book Exchange 2 for 1.

Good place to stay for the Quilotoa Loop and the Laguna Quilotoa.

January 1st, 2012 Refugio De Vida Silvestre Pasochoa

Both the entrance to the park as well as camping are free. We camped in the parking lot in front of the Visitor Center with stunning views of the valley of Quito. Clean toilets. Great hiking trails in the park.

January 1st, 2012 Hosteria Papagayo

You can park in the (small) parking lot in front of the hostel. Hot showers, toilets. Free WIFI. Common area in the hostel. Beautiful view of the Rumiñahui.

(Originally US $ 6 / person., After hearing only $ 4 / pers.)

January 1st, 2012 Hostal Terra

500m from the airport, next to the main road. Sorrounded by high walls and gates.

Take the black gate on the right. We torned down the alarm wire from the wall completely when driving through the left gate!

$ 15 is the price for a double room. Therefore, one should insist on getting his own room key. Very clean bathroom with hot shower and even soap and towels. Free WIFI.

January 1st, 2012 Termas Jamanco,

Camping in the parking lot in front of the hot springs. When visiting the hot springs the night in the parking lot is free. Admission: US $ 3 / person. There are several natural and very well maintained hot water pools in a beautiful developted gardens. Open from 6am til 8pm. Thereafter, the gate to the parking lot is locked.

Alternatively, you could also camp at the Termas Papallacta. There camping is US $ 6 / person and the admission to the spa US $ 7.50. We also had a look at the thermal hot springs, but thought the Termas Jamanco are as beautiful and were cheaper including admission at Termas Jamanco 21 US!

January 1st, 2012 Aqua Center Sinchi Misahualli

This small jungle lodge is run by a local women Cooperative. Clean toilet and cold water shower. Very clean area. Short trail, observation tower, restaurant and museum. Very nice and helpful staff. Unfortunately it was raining too strong during our stay so couldn't make use of the services of the lodge. We stayed there on Saturday and there was a very loud event with live music and DJs from 11pm til 6am in the morning going on.

January 1st, 2012 Finca Chamanapamba Regines Café Aleman

A designer dream based on Hundertwasser and Gaudi? made true by the two Germans Regine and Dietrich. Stunning property with a small gem hotel and restaurant. We had coffee and dinner there and were therefore allowed to stay in the parking lot. Clean toilets and hot water jungle shower. Short trail to the waterfall Chamanapamba.

January 1st, 2012 Backpacker Great Hostel

Very relaxed hostel with parking in the backyard. Clean toilet and cold shower. Guest kitchen. Beautiful lounge with pool table, TV, sofas, DVDs. Free WIFI. Opportunity to do laundry. Cute Argentinian owners. Very narrow doorway (Caution: the cabin tilts up because the driveway is wrong).

Right in the center and at the baths "Baños de la Virgen". Starting point for great hikes in the mountains of Baños. Excellent multigrain bread is available in the cafeteria Rico Pan at the corner of Ambato and Maldonado.

(Including breakfast: bread, jam, oatmeal, juice, coffee)

January 1st, 2012 Visitor Center Chimborazo

Both the entry as well as camping in the park are free. Clean toilets. We camped behind the entrance to the parking lot. At night the temperature dropped to 0? C.

Coming from the north, you can easily break altitude records here. Highest camping spot: 4,400 m / Highest drive with the car (very easy, even for large RV's): 4.800 m / Highest hike (gentle trail to the next Refugio): 5,000 m.

After the visitor center turn right on the main street. Once it meets again with the E50, go straight onto the gravel road to the cheese village of Salinas. Stunningly beautiful track!

January 1st, 2012 Side street in the city center

We didn't find anything suitable for the night, and finally parked on a road in a slightly better looking residential area. Quiet night.

Caution: Alausi is built on a hillside and therefore has narrow and partially brutally steep roads.

January 1st, 2012 Laguna Llaviucu, P.N. Cajas

Parking lot behind the gate. Clean toilets. Quiet night. This part of the park is already closed at 4.30pm. We received very good information material about the park and the local birdlife.

Fantastic hikes around the lagoon Llaviucu and the valley possible.

(4 US $ / person)

January 1st, 2012 Refugio Laguna Toreadora, P.N. Cajas

Camping at the visitor center. Clean toilets (only open during the day), museum, restaurant. In the middle of the mountains of Páramo.

Probably the most beautiful Paramo trail starts at the visitor center (no. 1 on the map). Also a nice, short hike goes around the lagoon Toreadora.

(Also originally $ 4 / person, but you have to camp us on the weekend without pay leave)

January 1st, 2012 Camping Lleuque

Beautiful riverside location with views of the volcano Villarica. A few kilometers from Pucón. Small but very well maintained sites. Bench and table. Clean toilets, cold showers.

January 1st, 2012 Camping Los Suizos

For over 20 years Swiss Hans and his Chilean wife run this beautiful forest campground above a cliff of the Rio Callecalle. Clean toilets, hot showers, free WIFI. Well kept pool area. Fire wood for campfires costs 1,500 chil. Peso. A laundry service is not officially available, but we could use the washing machine for chil 2,000. Peso.

January 1st, 2012 Las Cascadas Hosteria y Camping Irma

We had a Prime Site right on the lakeshore away from the rest of the area. Benches and table, fireplace. Rustic toilets, cold showers

January 1st, 2012 Former campground of Petrohué

We spent the night (chil 10,000. Pesos) on the large parking lot in front of the official campground. However, we had prior approval from the park rangers that this was not a problem. Clean toilets (300 chil. Pesos) there is a jetty Petrohué.

From the car park / campground starts a very nice trail along the lake and up the lava field of the volcano. The tour of the Saltos de Petrohué is quite nice, but the entrance (1,500 chil. Pesos / person) and the parking fee (270 chil. Pesos / 20 min.) are not really worth it.

January 1st, 2012 Camping La Gruta

Within walking distance to the lake and central Fruttillar Bajo. grassy field with covered tables and benches. Simple, but clean toilets and hot showers (special hours).

January 1st, 2012 Camping Petunia

Camping with very small and - because of the large trees - very dark sites. Clean toilets, hot showers, (very slow) Free WIFI. There are two washing machines for self laundry and for 20. Peso / filling. Beautiful sandy beach at the lake.

(40 arg. Peso / person, 25 arg. Peso / car)

January 1st, 2012 Camping Goye

Run down campground. Many benches, tables and grills are broken. The toilets and hot showers are very rustic. We realised only later that there are two other, better-looking campgrounds in the Colonia Suiza. However, we don't know the prices.

(30 arg. Peso / person)

January 1st, 2012 Camping Puesto Canero

The entrance to the National Park is 50 arg. Peso / person. In the park there are some free campgrounds. Great hiking trails in the park.

Camping directly at the lake. Clean toilets.

January 1st, 2012 Playa Les Frances

Camping directly at the lake. No facilities.

January 1st, 2012 Los Alerces National park (Several campgrounds)

Camping directly at the lake. Clean bathrooms with toilets are available at the (also free!) campground "Las Rocas" which is located a few kilometers further towards Villa Futalaufquen

January 1st, 2012 Eco-Camping Playa Arrayanes

Very well maintained campsite situated at the banks of Lake Rosselot. Large sites which you can access almost all only with a tent. New bahtrooms with clean toilets and hot showers.

Good location to visit the National Park Queulat. Admission: 4,000 chil.Peso / person. From the visitor center there is a nice hike - about 2.5 hours - to the viewpoint of the glacier Ventisquero Colgante.

(Originally 4,000 chil. Pesos / person, but cheaper by action)

January 1st, 2012 Las Torres del Simpson

Campsite still under construction. Parking on grass. Great common area with beautifully designed bathrooms. Very clean. Currently, only cold water showers. The promoted wifi was not working. Extremely friendly and helpful owner.

(Originally 5,000 chil. Pesos / person, but cheaper by action)

January 1st, 2011 Hierve el Agua

Spot with a spectacular view of the petrified waterfall and natural pool. You can completely drive through the camping area and move to the last site right next to the rim. From there, a great hike starts down the valley and along the foothills of the petrified waterfalls. Flush toilets provided, swimming in the natural pool (about 22 ° C).

(Campground consists of 20 pesos / day / person entrance fee for the park plus 50 pesos for camping)

January 1st, 2011 Unlimited public place by the lake in Nuevo Arenal

Public park on the shores of Laguna de Arenal. You stay where you like. Toilets were unfortunately locked. Water tap at the event building. Beautiful views of the reservoir. Great to have a campfire.


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