Check-Ins

When? Who? Comment Place Location
the.vandersons

A very friendly and young intelligent female vet who understood our odd situation and actually _listened_. The previous 2 places we tried were like talking to a wall, and we speak Spanish so that wasn’t the issue.

Health Certificate for two animals, one rabies shot, internal and external deparasitation for both was 18000 ARS

She’s also in contact with the elusive SENASA employee lol
She said if we have problems at the border to call and she’d help us out.
It’s better to contact her on whatsapp first to know availability 2966639011
Luckily she was free when we walked up

Veterinaria Huellas -50.33896, -72.26268
bikevoyagers.de

Nice surrounding. But not worth the stay. They charged us 35.000 for the entry and the 15 minute hike, guided by the totally unmotivated daughter. In the afternoon we took another short hike north of the property. When she found out about the second hike, she yelled and insulted us badly. We were not allowed to use the second trail, for whatever reason. They are friendly to xou as long as they earn money with you. We immediately left. 10.000 COP per person and night.

Puerta de Orión 2.51532, -72.70386
tarsus356

This place doesn’t get much love from iOverlanders, does it? But... It’s in the middle of nowhere, 100km to a town each way, and that’s 100km with nothing but guanacos. The food servings are huge - enough for two. The rooms are surprisingly comfortable and they’re clean, with a gas heater that they light when you go in, no questions asked. The water is piping hot. The wifi works. They have gasoline. There’s a procession of Ruta 40 travellers and truck drivers for entertainment.

Hotel Baja Caracoles -47.44429, -70.92667
90kmh.de

we did the bigger tour for $250 per person.
first stop was at the crocodile farm after a 45min boat tour with öits of photo stops. lots of crocodiles, turtles and birds.
We spent 30min at the croc farm then went to the restaurant with bar and pool. the water was nice and cristal clear. the duration of the tour was
advertised for 2,5 hours. we spent 1hr at the restaurant and it took 3hrs in total.

La Tovara Crocodile Boats 21.53179, -105.24744
oldies-auf-achse.de

Night fell and there was nothing on Ruta del Sol southwards - until we came by this small restaurant, behind which we could park and spend the night on the way to Bogotá. We had dinner here, simple but freshly prepared. Very friendly ladies.

Sol de Verano Alojamiento Campestre 5.13984, -74.59146
miajl823

Nice little spot. Wasn’t really expecting much, but it’s pretty neat. Couple spots with picnic tables and a bathroom. Popular birding area, so far just me and one other camping tonight. Lots of big ass mosquitos near the marsh. No fires allowed. Can stay 3 nights. Very peaceful with the sounds of birds in the background.

White Water Draw Wildlife Area 31.56084, -109.71878
wleason1

As described. The bathroom and shower stalls are on the ground level. Walk past the tables/benches and you will see them. This is open for everyone 24/7.

Free beach showers 28.97168, -95.26154
charl82

Both dump station were Out was out of order

shell 35.26310, -116.08037
hgm046

Checked this place out after hurricane Fiona. The gravel road is now washed out. See photos. Since it was the off season and everything was closed we parked behind the lighthouse museum instead.

Lighthouse - Cape Ray 47.62058, -59.30705
na_liliana

Stayed the night parked in front of the washrooms. it's a safe place to sleep though traffic and trucks can be noisy

washrooms are clean 5mxn to use

we didn't use it but was told showers available for 30mxn

Pemex 17.96836, -91.71128
info

They put up signs that this is now a few site. $20 day pass which starts November 1st. Ridiculous considering you can stay at Borrego Palm Canyon campground for $25 a day and you have everything you need. Ranger told me their are also going to start fees at Blair also.

Peg Leg 33.29311, -116.29757
victoriaspitler1228

Coin operated showers. They take credit cards at the coin machine that is now fixed in front of the bathrooms. $1 is 2 tokens. And time is 2 minutes per token.

Definitely better than a cold beach shower

Hot shower in campground, cold shower on beach 34.46085, -120.02615
sofloyd

Everything along this road is closed. No camping Sign posted at beginning of road w penalties.

FR 9571 34.79644, -111.91656
lessard502

Dump station with water (potable or not, i don't know) at the end of truck parcking lot. Free!!!

Rest Area 32.50375, -85.61159
junkhuskey

There are signs everywhere saying no overnight parking.

Planet Fitness 36.04115, -114.97785
follow_nadle

CAUTION! It's not possible to cross this border from Chile to Argentina. You don't get your exit stamps and TIP Cancellation from Chile, because there are just employees from Argentina here. Nobody from Chile!

Paso Sico Border -23.87388, -67.15726
RoninOnTrail

Vast parking lot for any size vehicle. If You are overnight parking on the casino lot (most semi trucks park at Esso station), You need to register at the casino reception desk—access to washrooms & wifi—restaurant serves breakfast, lunch & dinner (prices are typical casino norm), if You decide to park at Esso gas station, You don’t need to register (according to gas attendant)… the casino parking lot is quieter than the gas station parking lot—Trans-Canada HWY noise dissipates around 10pm and picks up again around 7am.

Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino 51.10149, -115.01465
follow_nadle

If you want to cross the border at Paso Sico from Chile to Argentina you need to cancel your TIP here! At the border of Paso Sico there is nobody around. There are just employees from Argentina.

Chilean Immigration and Customs for Hito Cajón -22.91074, -68.19373
tcowan78

While I was parked up in the main car park the evening before hiking to the falls, somebody came down to warn me it wasn't a safe place to leave a vehicle, with a history of break-ins (this despite the guy at the ticket booth insisting it was totally safe) - said the last victim was a cousin of the footballer Messi, and that he wasn't impressed! I had a peaceful night there but in the morning drove to the first building on the right, several hundred metres back from the parqueo, and they were happy to let me leave the van on their grounds, for a tip.

The hike was pleasant, but stressful in the muddy areas - and there weren't many areas that weren't muddy! Especially down in the valleys, it was better for the section on the ridge. Very grateful to the previous posters who talked about footwear - I was just about ok in hiking boots, but when I was trying to move faster on the way back I ended up in it to the ankle a couple of times. Trainers would have been inadequate, anything else a disaster! As it was a hike that the ticket office guy said should take about two hours return took me four..

I opted not to take a guide and had to ask directions a couple of times. Might have been nice to have one, but for anyone who doesn't want to take one (if you have a tight budget and have had to pay for parking in addition to the Q35 entry fee, for eg), I took some notes of areas where it's not immediately clear which way to go:

15°08′24.96″N 90°07′11.72″W - take the lower path that cuts down and left, over a little bridge across the stream, and then the path that curves round to the left through a separate narrow valley

15°08′24.48″N 90°07′24.37″W turn right up the steeper and what looks like the less muddy path - this section was treacherous though!

15°08′32.12″N 90°07′29.7″W turn right onto the bigger path

15°08′51.7″N 90°07′35.19″W Descent to the falls begins here, bear right and down

15°09′01.21″N 90°07′34.06″W left to the smaller waterfall, El Saltito (just a few minutes' detour - it's actually the top section of a much bigger waterfall but I don't think there's anywhere with a view of it all), right for the steeper descent to the main event. It's signposted. A few hundred metres down towards the big one is the toilet, with a flat space big enough for a tent nearby.

15°09′01.59″N 90°07′30.54″W cross the stream bed amd follow the path out the other side some 10m below

15°08′59.84″N 90°07′26.45″W end point

Cafeteria Chilasco 15.13196, -90.11666
follow_nadle

CAUTION! You don't get your exit stamps and TIP Cancellation neither here nor in Paso Sico. Because there is nobody around!

Chilean Checkpoint -23.82551, -67.44193
victoriaspitler1228

Clean laundromat with plenty of machines. Parking out front and food next door to munch on while your clothes wash.

Suds City Laundromat 34.43588, -119.82300
ricu_cn

40 sol single bedroom
big garage for free
no food no kitchen

Hotel Santorini -5.70843, -78.79894
carsten.tacke

wonderfulplace for riders, but also are other Campers Welcome when the my have a heart for rider culture. Need place with great owners . very helpful. Its possible to sleep in a bus or little cabin. Great social area to meet others.

Toad Rock 49.68646, -116.91525
sophienagel

Free wifi all you have to do is put in your email address. Tons of places to sit and bathrooms, it is a fun place to just walk around too

Wifi at the Grove Arcade 35.59586, -82.55664
couark

Very good owners he speak a very good English they change my steering bar on my Ford E150 for a very good price and during the afternoon
He give a lot of advice for travelling in south Baja with all the good place too see
I highly recommend if you have something to do on your van

German Race Shop 31.85347, -116.58989
dieselbeast.the.bus

Free water, free dump station (ask inside for key), and free air! A fantastic one stop shop for all your travel needs

Holiday Gas Station 45.75569, -108.56589
dieselbeast.the.bus

Especially quiet and spacious cracker barrel. We heard from other folks here that multi day stays are ok, but make sure to be respectful of the space :)

Cracker Barrel - Billings 45.74689, -108.55904
lucy

Next to a day use fee area. $34 per night but every spot has water and power. Hot showers and water flushed toilets are free to camp guests.

I'd be more than happy to pay for these facilities for a night or two, but I've actually been here two nights and yet to see a host or ranger to pay. I've been arriving around 6pm and leaving by 9am. Maybe it's off season. This place is not free, but you never know your luck...?

Sandy Beach County Park Campground 38.14152, -121.69622
oldies-auf-achse.de

Unfortunately, they could not (or would not?) encounter the wheel bearings for my Ford Ranger 4x4 from 2001. Although they were very friendly, I had the impression they did not really care to spend too much effort on the search - more likely to find the parts in Bogotá, they said. As if Medellin was a small town ... Disappointment ...

Agreste 4x4 6.23233, -75.56885
anakrenaud

Nice campground close to the town of St-Helene and the Scappoose bay marina. Water and electricity for 30$/night. First-come first-serve or by reservation. Paved site to park RVs with picnic table and fire rings. Wifi and showers. Pets welcome

Bayport Rv park and campground 45.82958, -122.83840

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