When? Who? Comment Place Location
January 1st, 2011

On the way to the vulcano you have to drive on a gravel road with more than 20 grade. You could go further up to the volcano which we avoided due to the muddy road and therefore spent the night on the first gravel parking lot. The night was very quiet.

Parking at Volcan Chicabal 14.808050, -91.648120
January 1st, 2011

The campground seems to be closed officially (?). There is no electricity and no running water anymore. For this reason we only paid half the price. The owner - Texan Mike - is really nice, but unfortunately suffers from Alzheimer's. Since we had a lot of rain, the grass was so muddy after five days it swept in our shoes at each step and we also left deep tracks - without four-wheel and differential locks we couldn't get out.

From the campsite it's an easy walk to Panajachel.

Caming Campania 14.737980, -91.149310
January 1st, 2011

The park is located about 10 km outside of Antigua on the road to Guatemala City. It's huge and you can choose any site. Many toilet buildings in the park.

(Price is made up of 15 Quetzal / day / person entrance fee for the park. The entry must not for 24 hours, but are paid for the day!)

Parque Ecologico Florencia 14.567980, -90.674130
January 1st, 2011

Unfortunately, the Tourist Police campground was closed for renovations, so we parked in this parking lot. Throughout the day, our vehicle was guarded by a man with a machete. We camped very nice under trees, it was quiet at night and we felt very safe.

The parking lot is centrally locaceted, right across from the bus station and the market. Since the gate is locked at 7pm for safety reasons we received a key from the owner.

(Price is made up of 50 Quetzal / day and 50 Quetzal / night.)

Parqueo, Antigua 14.559710, -90.741580
January 1st, 2011

Parking lot of a small swimming pool next to the house of the owner, about 20 meters away from the road. When cars drive over the bridge of steel Sacapulas at night, it can be a bit noisy. Next to the pool there are toilets and cold showers (unfortunately without water when we were there).

(Price is made up of 10 Quetzal / person entrance fee for the swimming pool)

Turicentro Nelly 15.290170, -91.091380
January 1st, 2011

Huge grassy field right next to the parking lot of the archeological site. New and shady palapas at sites. Very clean area. Clean bathrooms, cold showers. Fee can be paid either at the ticket office or the campsite Guardian (who spends the whole night in the area).

(50 Quetzal / person)

Tikal Campground 17.224810, -89.610340
January 1st, 2011

Beautiful area for backpackers and campers. Friendly staff, many attractive tours to tourist destinations in Guatemala. Many options to camp. Clean bathrooms with lukewarm showers. Restaurant with reasonable prices. Slow free WIFI at the restaurant. Unfortunately, when we were there it was raining extensively for days, so the camping area was soaked and almost impassable for our car.

(25 Quetzal / person)

Finca Ixobel 16.303970, -89.421640
January 1st, 2011

Camping in front of the caves of Lanquin. Pit toilet. The tour to the caves costs 30 Quetzal / person. It is worth visiting at night when at dawn the bats leave the cave. Only parking (without camping) costs 10 Quetzal.

Lanquin - Grutas 15.580240, -89.990470
January 1st, 2011

Camping in the parking lot of the Visitor Center. Clean toilets. The parking lot is located in the area of Semuc Champey, therefore Quetzal 50 / person admission fee is added.

Semuc Champey 15.536580, -89.954930
January 1st, 2011

The highlight of this place is not camping in the parking lot. We stayed on a very full parking lot in front of the hotel. Sitting comfortably beside your car and cooking outside is no fun. However, there is a beautiful, open-air restaurant, where you can easily spend an entire day. Very relaxed atmosphere. Good happy hour, yummie food. Free WIFI. Hot showers. Lavanderia right on the square (40 Quetzal / machine). The boats to Livingstone (200 Quetzal / person or 850 Quetzal / boat) leave from around the corner.

(Large motorhomes 100 Quetzal Quetzal current 25 extra)

Bruno's Hotel (Marina) 15.659430, -89.002100
January 1st, 2011

Fantastic campsite directly on the shore of Lago de Izabal. Very clean area with unfortunately bad toilets. Restaurant. Within five minutes you can drive to the hot waterfall of Aguas Calientes (10 Quetzal / person + 10 Quetzal parking).

Finca El Paraiso 15.571700, -89.196460
January 1st, 2011

Shady camping in the parking lot of the archaeological site. Toilets in the Visitor Center can be used. Since the campsite is located in archelogical site the admisssion fee of 80 Quetzal / person must be paid in advance (the stelae alone are definitely worth the money).

Caution: In February we have been attacked by hundreds of small horseflies which had no problems getting through our mosquito nets!

(Can of Coca Cola for the night watchman)

Quirigua - Ruins (UNESCO) 15.273740, -89.041920
January 1st, 2011

very pleasant spot for the first day in Honduras. Large grassy field in front of the Balneario. The camping fee of $ 6 / person includes the admission fee for the Balneario. Clean toilets, cold outdoor showers. It's about five minutes by car to the ruins of Copan.

Alternative campsite:

Right next to the parking lot of the archeological site you can camp behind the Texaco gas station for 50 Lempira / day.

($ 7 / person)

Aqua Park Hacienda El Jaral 14.868930, -89.060000
January 1st, 2011

Beautiful parking lot right next to the coffee plantation on the farm of Franz of Bavaria. We were allowed to use the toilet in one of the rooms. Since the property is situated in the center it's an excellent base for a stroll. Gracias Lempira is also a very good starting point for a walk in the park Montana El Celaque (admission: 50 Lempira / person). With a high car it is only possible to drive to Via Verde, with a low car you can get up to the Visitor Center. From there a great 3-4 hour hike to the Mirador de La Cascada Santa Lucia starts.

Alternative option for small vehicles:

At the Visitor Center of the National Park Montana El Celaque.

Finca Bavaria 14.591540, -88.579280
January 1st, 2011

Night in the parking lot above the Balnearios. To use the Balnearios an additional 50 Lempira / person admission fee must be paid. The Balneario is made very appealing, has great hot pools and toilets. The parking for the car was not ideal, because we had the feeling that half the population of the village was walking by at night.

Good base to visit the pottery village of La Campa (about an hour drive).

Balneario Aguas Termales Presidente 14.559460, -88.571300
January 1st, 2011

A place for people who are looking forward to a fresh draft beer and nice greasy fast food. The parking lot is very narrow and we had to share the tiny parking lot with several cars. If you want to stay outside of the car this is only possible at the restaurant of the small resort. Clean toilets and hot showers. Small swimming pool. Free WIFI.

(50 Lempira / person)

D&D Brewery 14.946500, -88.038650
January 1st, 2011

Parking lot in the orange grove of very nice hotel facilities. Very well maintained. A place where you could stay for many days. Swimming pool, Restaurant, Free WIFI. Clean toilets and cold showers. The facility is adjacent to the lake, cows grazing on the grass, exhibition of old Land Cruiser.

Finca Las Glorias 14.938580, -88.006580
January 1st, 2011

Camping in the national park. Additional 95 Lempira / person (US $ 5.00) admission fee. Large grassy field with fireplace surrounded by the jungle. Palapa with tables, chairs, light and electricity. Bathrooms with cold shower and toilet. Free WIFI at the restaurant. Great hiking possibilities from the campsite.

Cerro Azul-Meambar NP (Pancam lodge) 14.871580, -87.905580
January 1st, 2011

Beautiful backpacker hostel with huge garden area. Located in the center and only 300 m to the Caribbean sea. Bathroom with cold shower and toilet. Free WIFI. Free rental of bicycles and canoes. Free potable water. Beautiful and very well kept garden to hang out with open kitchen, covered dining area, hammocks, table tennis.

To the fort of San Fernando it's just a 5 minutes walk ($ 4 / person), one hour to the waterfall El Chorro.

Roli's Place 15.777940, -88.044470
January 1st, 2011

Fairly basic, secure campsite between the cabins in the botanical garden of Lance Tilla. Additonal admission fee Lempira 154 / person (8.00 US $). There are toilets at the visitor center.

Botanical Garden "Lacentilla" 15.740420, -87.457370
January 1st, 2011

Parking lot of a hotel complex at the Caribbean beach. Hot showers, clean toilets, free WIFI, pool. Very good restaurant. You even get German beer and you can buy fresh baked white bread and from Germany imported dark bred from the german-honduran owners Gunther and his wife Rosa! Big Book Exchange with a wide selection of German books. Long beach walks possible. In the resort there is laundry service for 80 Lempira / machine.

Casa Alemania 15.924350, -85.945420
January 1st, 2011

Not a classic campsite, but a good example of how to find a safe place to stay for the night. We asked at the front desk of a large hotel with secure parking lot if we could stay there. The answer at the front desk was "No". We then insisted a little pushy that we came "all the way from Germany" to here. Thereafter the boss was called who had no problem to let us camp overnight for free. Clean toilets, free WIFI.

Hotel La Hacienda 14.678690, -86.206420
January 1st, 2011

Great campspot in a small pine forest in the equestrian and recreation park. Small zoo with sheep, deer, tapir, parrots and macaws right next to the site. Clean toilets and cold showers. Small pool. Very good restaurant with Honduran specialties. Mila, the Czech owner (?) let us camp for free but thought a tip of 100 Lempira for the night guardian was as appropriate.

Good base to visit the La Tigra National Park and the old mining town of Santa Lucia.

Freizeitpark El Florida 14.153220, -87.047980
January 1st, 2011

Camping next to the pool behing a small hotel just before Danli. Located on the hillside and far from the noisy main road. Clean bathroom with cold shower. Extremely friendly, elderly owner: Mario Alfredo. Unfortunately the pool was painted so we could not use it. Covered poolside seating.

Villa Alejandra 14.023330, -86.611020
January 1st, 2011

Beautiful gardens, supermarkets and ATMs within walking distance. Electricity / water / waste water on the pitch.

(Usually 200 pesos / day, discount for one week: pay 6, 1 day for free)

Victoria Trailer Park - CLOSED 23.743640, -99.135890
January 1st, 2011

Right next to the pool in the forest, facilities not usable on our standards. Water on site, power which I would not want to make use, sewers are no longer in operation.

El Banito Balneario y Restaurante 21.915000, -98.951390
January 1st, 2011

Beautiful campsite on nearly 3,000 m above sea level, very cold at night. During our stay the toilets were open only on weekends (3 pesos). No showers. We used the toilets at the visitor center of the park. Beautiful hike starts from the Visitor Center.

Parque National El Chico 20.175040, -98.698870
January 1st, 2011

Camping in the parking lot between cars. During our stay the parking lot was completely occupied. Power on the parking lot. Beautiful swimming pool, very slow WIFI, showers and toilets at the pool. On pages of other travelers we read that they had paid only 200 pesos - so it is worth asking.

Poza Rica Inn Hotel 20.516150, -97.441970
January 1st, 2011

Located near the sea, with own palapa, electricity / water / waste water at site. Large swimming pool, bathrooms with hot shower. First day the super nice managers provided us with table and chairs.

(Usually 200 pesos / day, discount for one week: pay 6, 1 day for free)

Mar Esmeralda RV place 20.300910, -96.845620
January 1st, 2011

Camping overlooking the sea, electricity / water / waste water at site. We stayed six days at this place and we never felt welcome. Sometime the men's bathroom was locked for an entire day, sometimes the ladie's bathroom. The same owner has probably built a new campsite close by and maybe tried to attracht guests there. With the excuse that a big event will take place they sent us to a corner at the very end of the area - the event never took place! When a heavy storm passed by they didn't inform us and we had to move our car in the middle of the night. There are definitely better campgrounds in Veracruz (eg Rancho La Condessa. 19.09583, 96.11667 W)

El Rey RV Park and Campground 19.052780, -96.022780