Get out of Town Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
September 13th, 2015 Camping Half Island

Very nice place, hot water, clean bathrooms, kitchen, wifi. 10 eur per tent and two persons, 15 for campers. Tax 1 EUR per person.

September 12th, 2015 Auto camp Paradiso/Laguna

Very nice terraced campground with lots of shade provided by olive trees. Access to a small beach, showers, wifi.
About 17 EUR for two people, a car and a tent.
Access road is narrow and steep, could be an issue for trailers/big rigs.

September 8th, 2015 Ivan Do camping

Nice campground right at the trailheads to Durmitor hiking paths. New showers, wifi, kitchen with a stove.

September 1st, 2015 Rafting Center Campground

Beautiful campsite by the river Una in the middle of a national park, very clean, wifi, showers, grill, bike and cayak rental, rafting trips possible, restaurant, very nice owner will welcome you with a shot of slivovice. The river is exceptionally clear and also very cold, but great for a quick swim.
10 KM per person, 10 KM for tent/camper. Recommended!

June 10th, 2015 Farol do Cabo Espichel

Plenty of space around the lighthouse or by the nearby monastery. Windy, but amazing sunset and quiet at night. There is a snack bar by the monastery, no facilities by the lighthouse. Free.

June 9th, 2015 Cascata Pulo do Lobo

Very nice. Dirt parking lot next to a cascade. 2 minute walk to a dam where you can swim, 30 seconds to the cascade. Some concrete tables and a fireplace above the parking. Almost level spot for about 2 smaller campers. Access by a steep dirt road, not recommended for large vehicles, limited space to turn around. To get here you need to pass a closed cattle gate, sign says it is ok as long as you close it again. Free.

June 8th, 2015 Praia da Raposeira

Beautiful beach with strong waves. Parking either on a paved parking lot or on packed dirt closer to the beach. Access by a potholed dirt road, last few kms on a paved road (tiles missing every now and then, watch out) . When we were here there were plenty other campers, mostly from Germany. Expect younger crowd in converted box trucks, rather than retired couples. No facilities, but some of the folks camped here offered a surfboard for rent :)

June 6th, 2015 Melides Beach

Beautiful place a few steps from the ocean. Popular with campervan folks. Access by a sandy road, two wheel drive without issues. Better suited for smaller vehicles. No facilities, but there is a restaurant nearby and an official campsite not far from here.

February 2nd, 2015 Gas Station

- free
- Nothing spectacular, parked behind a large restaurant. Calm at night, free wifi, paid showers available in the gas station next to the restaurant.

February 2nd, 2015 Laguna Cochico

- free
- This looks like a vacation resort with plenty of campings, but closed in winter. We camped next to the campground by the lake shore. There are bathrooms available near the picnic area. Quiet at night apart from the strong wind. Locals came in the evening to check what's going on, we explained and they said it is perfectly fine to stay here.

February 2nd, 2015 Mirim Lagoon

- free
- Nice and calm spot on a sandy beach of the lake.

October 1st, 2014 Camping Piriapolis

- 170 UYU per person (approx.)
- A large campground/sport area (gym, soccer fields).
- Tall trees, lots of shade, many water faucets/sinks.
- Bathrooms are pretty basic, not much privacy.
- Wifi only by the entrance, far from the camping area.

October 1st, 2014 Museo Arenas - Pencil Museum

- Largest pencil collection in the world is on display here. Owner is friendly and offers camping and also reasonably priced long-term vehicle storage (most likely you'll see some overlanders' cars here). Location in a nice farm, wifi available. Shower on demand (we used the workers' shower). Goats.

October 1st, 2014 Camping Villa Albertina

- ca. 3.50 USD per person
- the camping itself could be OK on a nice sunny day, but because of the rain and soggy ground we were parked in the back of the camping between what looked like permanent cottages/houses. Salty water from the tap, pretty desolate bathrooms, far from clean. No wifi. The worst part is the surroundings - this is basically a ghetto with people burning trash on the street etc. Bus terminal right next to the campground, beeping of reversing buses all day and night. Not recommended.

October 1st, 2014 Kiyu - NO CAMPING SIGNS

- free
- Nice place above the river. You need to follow a narrow two track, larger vehicles can find a spot a few hundred meters to the west.

October 1st, 2014 Oceania Del Polonio

- free
- approximate location
- Nothing spectacular, we found this place at night, parked on a little clearing behind the bushes. There are some vacation houses around, but nobody there in winter. You can hear the waves, but we did not find an easy path to the beach.

October 1st, 2014 Behind a picnic place

- free
- In the bend there is a large parking/picnic spot with lights and some remains of grills. We drove further behind it and parked under the power lines. Hard to level out, but possible for smaller vehicles, larger can stay on the picnic spots (but expect more noise and lights from passing cars) or there is a lower terrace that might be better. Nice views at night.

October 1st, 2014 Camping Playa Agraciada

- looks like an established campground, but nobody came to collect and gate was wide open, might be paid only in the summer season
- nice place, power available, right at the bank of the river, we did not try the bathrooms (actually we didn't see any)

September 14th, 2014 Iguassu Motorcycle Travellers Hostel

- 10 BRL camping (there was some confusion if this is per person or per vehicle), private and shared room also available
- This is basically a small house with a backyard. Adrian and Claudia live in the house and are very welcoming, Adrian speaks some English. Ask for the other owner of the hostel - Rodolpho, if you need help in English. His English is great and he is generally a great guy. Two days before his final university exam he spent time with us trying to locate a workshop for our van and even got his dad to help us.
- The rooms are really nice, the camping is only a gravel backyard with a small patch of grass. There are two friendly dogs.
- Hot shower, kitchen, fast wifi, water tap outside. Washing machine available for a fee.

September 14th, 2014 YPF gas station

- free
- We camped in the corner of a small car park next to a gas station. Decent free wifi, views of the (rather dirty) river, but nothing special. There seems to be a picnic area on the left side of the gas station, but it looked abandoned.
- Routing tip: The direct route from here to Chos Malal is partly dirt, some parts with really bad corrugations. Plus there is not much to see, just hundreds of oil wells.

September 14th, 2014 Picnic area Doblas

- free
- Grassy picnic area with tables/banks along the main road to the town of Doblas. The road is not very busy and the area is nice. You will be visible from the road.

September 14th, 2014 San Antonio de Areco

- free
- In a park on the edge of San Antonio, next to a river. Calm at night, just some noise from RN8.
- WARNING: Do not attempt to drive on the unpaved park road during/after rain. Slippery as hell! Even driving extremely carefully we slowly skidded sideways into the ditch. Police promised to help but never came back. We were rescued by a local just when a storm broke loose.

September 14th, 2014 Plateau Camp

- free
- Beautiful spot on a high plateau, great views, lots of privacy. To get here leave the BR-282 by the sign to a mirador, head up a steep dirt track and through one hairpin turn - then you get many choices where to stay, we took a small dirt track under the power line and found a nice ridge where we were partially hidden from sight and wind.
- Grass, but could get very muddy in rain.

September 14th, 2014 El Palmar National Park on the Uruguay River (4,5,3)

- entrance to the park is about 7USD per person and camping is about 5USD per person @ dolar green rate
-We really enjoyed the park. There really isn't much to see, apart from palm trees, capybaras and vizcachas. But since we never saw a capybara before, we were happy to see dozens of them roaming around the park roads. Plus if you camp here, wait until dusk when vizcachas emerge from their vizacherias and start mowing the grass in the campground. To top it off, the sunrise over Rio Uruguay is pretty amazing and can be viewed directly from the campground.
- Surprisingly decent wifi reaches some of the sites, rustical hot showers and a restaurant is provided. Water is not potable.

September 14th, 2014 Camping la Gauchada Correntina

- 5USD @ dolar green rate for two people and a van
- Nice, quiet and large grassy area for camping and events. Large trees provide shade. No wifi, small bathroom block with just one toilet, three cold showers and one warm electrical "suicide" shower. If you've been to Central America, you will feel right at home here. Power might be obtained from the large covered event area, but we didn't try. Decent grills. Watch out for small thorny branches in the grass, especially if you do not have off-road tyres/like to walk barefoot.
- Location is approximate, we didn't take a gps reading. It is directly across the road from a John Deere dealership.
- Routing: the road to Esteros del Iberá is 30 km paved, 90 km unpaved. May be muddy after rains. It should be possible to continue further north towards Ituzaingó, but the road conditions north of Colonia Carlos Pellegrini might not be ideal - check in the village.

September 14th, 2014 Costa Ramon

- ca. 7 USD per person @ dolar green rate
- Not exactly level, space for about 3 smaller vehicles + some separate walk-in tent sites. Very nice owners, outdoor kitchen, plenty of covered seating, views of the river. Bathrooms with hot showers (electric suicide type). 3 pet parrots, one annoying dog, one huge lizard. Decent WIFI, water, grills, supermarkets nearby. You can take a bus to both sides of the falls from here (with transfer).

September 14th, 2014 Side of a dirt road

- free
- Literally next to a dirt road, on a small clearing good for one smaller vehicle. Larger vehicles could easily fit on a place next to a crossroad about two kilometers north, but that wasn't very level. This place was nice, only about three cars passing in the evening, rest just cows and distant hum of wind turbines. Also there is some crazy echo from the forest here.

August 31st, 2014 Camping Trenel

- We did not camp here, only had an asado (camping was closed for the winter). Very nice place, but only for smaller vehicles - lots of low hanging branches and narrow roads to get to the camp spots.

August 31st, 2014 Camping La Sirena

- 6.000 CLP for 2 of us
- Tiny camping, all places covered with low roofs (mainly tent camping here). Vehicles up to ca. 210 cm might get at least partially underneath some of the roofs. Nice owners, hot showers (very very basic), two rooms with fire stoves, good wifi. On-site bakery is supposed to open in December. Definitely not a place for big rigs.

August 31st, 2014 Parque Nacional Los Alerces

- free
- There are multiple free campgrounds in the park, so you probably won't need this spot. But since we were there in the middle of a mouse infestation, all the campgrounds were officially closed and camping was prohibited. So we hid in the forest here - not visible from the main road, little clearing, nice and calm.