gawad Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
April 19th, 2018 Camping Luz y Fuerza

200 pesos for 1 person plus car&trailer is a bit on the expensive side , but it is indeed the only open place right now and it’s ok, clean and roomy, lots of people here as well, still quiet at night, no party, no dogs
waking to main plaza is 15 minutes

April 17th, 2018 Banco Marco

charged 204 pesos for max. 3000 withdrawal with foreign VISA card

April 17th, 2018 La Carolina

basic but clean facilities (no paper , no seats), big and nice area for tent camping , big rigs park out front with enough space for all sizes, walking distance into the village , nice stay

April 17th, 2018 Banco - Banelco Marco

did not get money with foreign VISA here

April 14th, 2018 Hotel Butch Kassidy parking

Prices rise quickly ... Franklin aske for 80 BOL for parking in the rear and sleeping in my trailer excluding breakfast (which I don’t need anyway) The bathroom for campers is kind of messed up , shower was offered in a room - so I paid 100 total and used the bathroom in that room privately
The backyard is kin of small, I could fit my truck and trailer (not sure how to get out tomorrow) another van would probably fit because there is also one car parking here

April 12th, 2018 Mirador Escencio

agree to all that has been said, didn’t stay but seems good , great views of Salar !

April 12th, 2018 Residence Marian

not nice but obviously the only option on the way from La Paz to Uyuni if you don’t want to wild camp.
charged 120 for 2 with shared bath which was in an ok state but only 2 bath (m/f) for 5 or more rooms so in bad shape this morning (if you were nit the first).
Parking is gated and good for all size rigs as long a not higher than about 3 m.
After all - just a stop with no other options.
There was a feria in town. The central plaza has a police station and seemed as if you could park/camp there. No facilities, didn’t ask the police if allowed.

April 12th, 2018 Rock and river

good location to spent the night or just picknick, follow sign to ‘mirador’
beautiful landscape
were here during day , so did not stay, at present several busloads with local kids tent camping near river

April 12th, 2018 Playa Blanca

sell Diesel only for official ‘precio international’ at this time but fill up readily

April 12th, 2018 Castilla Huma Chullpares-Spa

went there thus morning after spending the night in ‘Hotel Marian’ eager to have a hot bath ... git there by 10:30, place was closed,
a lot of trash in the parking area , some locals were washing clothes at the side of the gated are but did not know about wether or not the place would open, looking inside from the locked door it seemed not in use although the pool was filled with water.
The drive to get here is lovely and was worth the trip.

April 8th, 2018 Border Control Peru/Bolivia

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -16.57800, -69.04881

April 5th, 2018 Road to Mirador Cruz de Condor

large river crossing with currently big stones all over blocking the way, a lot of water running pretty heavy !
seams un passable with low clearance 2WD,
got here after dark and camped on terrace just beside the road. This morning most of the major stones were washed downhill and th wate flow was much reduced- so at that time no problem even for 2wd ! just be careful!

April 4th, 2018 Hotel de Turistas

found place OPEN today!
GPS date confusing-corrected data lead to entrance door of camping area . Resection is in red coloured house in the back. mobile number is displayed on the door but the lady was there when we arrived at 5pm. super clean bathrooms. everything else as described.

April 2nd, 2018 Gringo Bills

great place to stay in Machu Pichu village, super clean, hot showers, nice rooms, room with two beds, private bath was 78 USD for 2 , best breakfast I had in all of middle/south america is included and starts at 5 am for those leaving early to Machu Pichu archeological site

March 31st, 2018 Hotel Tampumayu

lovely place and surroundings, great to camp in gated lot next to the hotel, paid 25S , highly recommend on the way to Cusco

March 29th, 2018 Ecocamp Huacachina

place as described, nice and clean, pool is great, views too, it’s a bit noisy as all dine buggy drive by starting at 6:30 am, 50 soles but breakfast is NOT included! charged 20 soles extra because we had car plus trailer

March 23rd, 2018 Huanchaco Gardens RV Park

ok place but has obviously seen better times, 40 S for 1P, Hot shower in hotel room as described , electricity , wifi works marginal in camp area

March 21st, 2018 PORTA VERDE

oasis in the desert, arrived today from Ecuador, driving through the heat and got here into the shade, plus pool, cold beer and nice friendly atmosphere, dinner was awesome but obviously you need to be here way before 6pm. Highly recommend.

March 20th, 2018 la terraza de máximo

passed by the place, fenced area on top of the hill just off the panam, fence was closed, no one there , seemed not open , didn’t get off car because parking on the panam seemed difficult

March 20th, 2018 Hosteria Campo Alegre

Prices have risen ... camped in parking lot for 20$ with use of pool and sauna, seamed reasonable as not much alternative around and getting dark. Carwash on the same area so got my car cleaned as well ...

March 20th, 2018 Cabañas Yanuncay

ok place for one night , was asked 10 $ for 1 p which is too expensive for what you get, the one bathroom is ok and the water really hot, it’s quite a walk through from where you camp, wifi is very good, there is no sink or kitchen for dishes, electrical outlet is only one , walking distance to town and good supermarket

March 18th, 2018 Hosteria Hacienda San Joaquin Cotopaxi

Nice Hacienda to camp in a grassy area to left or right of the main building, clean bathrooms, slow WiFi, weather permitting view of Cotopaxi when walking to the far end of the upper grassy area along the wall (otherwise view blocked by tall trees), just off Panam highway and close to NP, 7.50$ per night

March 15th, 2018 Ipiales, Colombia to Tulcan, Ecuador

Boarder is packed with people most likely Venezuelanos ... same line for entry and exit of Colombia ...wait time at least 3-5 hours ... I could bypass after 3 hours as I am disabled with respective proof ... same at Ecuador entry, not as crazy but still pretty crazy

March 15th, 2018 Hostal Padua

great place for one night just off panam highway on the way to/from border to Ecuador , very friendly hosts, basic bathroom w/ cold water
paid 15.000 for 1 p.

March 13th, 2018 Coulor House

As described before , very clean, shared bathroom, as well as living room with TV, use laundromat at no extra cost, good wifi, safe street with security guard 24/7. I could park. My car and trailer right in front of the house. Uber to downtown between 6500 - 8000 pesos. Paid 40.500 pesos through
Carolina who owns the place is extremely nice and helpful !

March 13th, 2018 Andina Motors - Mercedes-Benz

Spent all day today to get service to my German G-wagon. Got shot term appointment by phone after MB in Medellin offered appointment 2 weeks down the road !
Very friendly and ambitious , had never seen this car here before. Did all what was necessary and found some other relevant things. Relatively cheap as compared to what I am used to in Germany or US !
Recommended if you need service along the Panam. Obviously the best place in Colombia for Mercedes-Benz.

March 10th, 2018 Al Bosque Hostel & Glamping

Great place in the mountains above Medellin. Very relaxed, fresh air, hot ! shower, kitchen open for everyone, open fire every day - very nice and helpful people.
Highly recommend.
Easiest route is highway 60 towards airport, or any other gps from there towards Santa Elena

February 19th, 2018 Part 1 - DIJ Vehicle Inspection for Exporting Vehicle

DO NOT GET INTO THE LONG LINE OF PEOPLE YOU WILL SEE AT THE ENTRANCE - ask directly for the secretary general - I didn’t reed carefully so I stood in line with all the poor natives that are obviously there for a different kind of business.
Still there is a waiting time - for me it was 1,5 hours today! at least there is a/c inside .

February 18th, 2018 Country Inn and Suites Panama City

There are two hotels of this chain in town. I ended up here somehow misled instead of at the one on the canal which obviously has a nicer surrounding. Aminities include coin laundry, pool, very fast internet (downloaded all maps for south america) , clean rooms , prices vary so check and all the others for best rate, should not be more than 75 USD including breakfast, large secured parking also for big rigs. Almost same distance to the DJI customs inspection from both sites

February 17th, 2018 La Isleta

This is another great place in central america!
Roberto and Arturo are great hosts , they are “always open for overlanders” and care very much !
Camping is great by the river jus off the panam highway about 1,5 hours from the border. They serve great food and the facilities are nice and very clean. This place is highly recommend!