Monte Carmelo | Informal Campsite

Guatemala

Details

Verified:
10 months ago
Altitude:
1862.4 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
johannes.luttmann

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - Not at Sites
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Cold
Water:
Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Description

Nice and wide campground, spots with shade and others with sun. Areas for barbacoa, a field of volleyball and soccer, playground for kids. Up in the mountains, they have opened a tunnel that crosses a small mountain in the property. They also rent small casitas with a bed bunk's Q30 pp. They offer bathrooms and showers. the showers are cold but if you talk to Erick, the guy that takes care of the place, he can show you a small house with a hot shower. So we stayed here one week and they charged us Q20 pp. we are two adults and two kids. they didn't charge us for the kids. We needed this place after border la Mesia and because we needed to fix our truck. You have access to water for your camper and also they sell water for drinking in the property in the small tiendita. Good option for Huehuetenango town.

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Came here CYCLING. We paid 15Q/pp/night. Stayed 2 nights. Very friendly and helpful ppl. Cold shower, toilets. We even could pitch the tent in an empty big closed room. The guy is Eric.
We recommend.

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when I got here one gate was open and other closed. The closed gate had "Cerrado". i went in any way. Checked with the care taker family. They told me I could stay. It’s still29Q/person.
The earlier descriptions are still correct.

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We were hoping we could stay here, but unfortunately we didn’t fit through the gate by about 10-15cm. We are 3.85m high - somebody wrote earlier they went through with 3.6m so I guess the max hight is maybe 3.7m to enter.
Since there is another overnight campsite just across the street we didn’t go through the hassle of deflating our tires, which might have done the trick.

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Stayed here two nights after crossing the La Mesilla border. 2 people and a dog. Q20 pp per night. Eric was very kind. He was fine with our small dog running around the property off leash.

Shower is cold with lots of pressure, more like a hose opening. There’s a pool but after getting in for a split second, I decided it would be better not to use. Got a lot greener the next day.

Brought a starlink and had ok reception with some obstruction when placed in the soccer field. (Needed to work)

This place could be really nice as it had a cave and small walking trails through the hills, but there is trash everywhere. All kinds of trash in every single spot. Every trashcan I saw was overflowing and knocked down. I hope they manage to clean up at some point. It blew my mind that they were okay living among that.

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Still nice campground. Toilets and showers are basic but clean. Camping truck with 3.6 Meter height fits through the gate. If the gate is locked call Eric. 20 QpP

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The place is still open. Eric, the caretaker, is still there. Remember, this isn't a "campground" per se. They are a Christian Retreat Camp that mainly brings in big groups for weekend retreats. They are happy to have overlanders but they don't leave the gates open after 5 normally. Eric's WhatsApp number is on the sign and you can call him to let you in if the gate is locked.

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I think this place is closed, we arrived at 7:30pm and the gates were locked with sign saying it was closed.

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save and nice area after crossing the border. quiet. see the other descriptions.

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Not bad but not great.
Garbage all around, big dump around back when walking around.
People were kind though and price was 40Q so okay.
Good for night
Creek in back was not clean either as garbage again all over. Could use some love

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It’s good for one night after the border. It’s a weird place, not much around.

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Basic campsite for only 20q pp. We were shown the only warm shower on the premises, but it's an electrical suicide shower with the earth wire cut... So we skipped that one. It's quiet and they have a lovely dog called Polar. Btw, don't trust google maps to get here, we got sent down a steep road onto private property.. Navigate to the archeological site and continue a little further across the bridge.

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The road is now open ! 15q pp to camp. Basic showers/restrooms. We have electricity and light next to where we camp. Very quiet and safe.

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Great nights sleep. Very peaceful and our grandson (10 years old) had a couple local kids his age to play with.

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There is a temporary road closure for construction on the route Google maps suggests. We were able to find an alternate route to get here with the help of some very friendly locals. See photos for Google map markup. It requires a little off-roading through a river. We saw everything pass through the “detour” from sedans to chicken buses and made it in our front wheel drive heavy van. Turn north off 7a Calle at a gravel road marked with a sign for La Colina de Don before the Zaculeu ruins. Gravel road is a little steep. Turn left (west) before the bridge. There is space to stop and park out of the way if you’d like to scout out your route or watch the locals show you how it’s done! Drive along side and at times in the river for about 1000 feet. Turn right out of the river before the next bridge and the campground entrance is right there. Kind host Eric and family made us feel safe and welcome. We paid 40q for one night. Cold showers, flush toilets, gated, electricity at a palapa was available if desired and it is walking distance to ruins. Quiet place out of the busy city.

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The bridge directly in front is closed but if you turn right just before the ruins there is another bridge. You then turn left directly into the river and drive in the water up to the camping area. It's dry season now and all the cars and chicken buses are doing the same. Come raining season I doubt this will be an option. We arrived just after 5 pm and the "closed" sign was out but we called the phone number on the entrance and Eric the caretaker came immediately and let us in. A very nice and quiet place, 20q/person and dog friendly! Will definitely stay on our way back to Mexico.

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Wanted to camp here but the road is blocked before the Zaculea ruins. We tried a different route but the road was not passable for our truck and slide in camper. We ended up stopping at Hotel Puerta El Cielo and they allowed us to park in their lot across the street for 40 qtd. They are extremely friendly and the food at the restaurant is very good. We're parked by the road so a bit of that noise but relieved to have found a place to rest for the night. Can use the toilet at the hotel from 6 am to 10 pm.

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60q a night to stay here but really quite nice. a huge campus with many dorms and casitas. lots of grassy areas and tables in the shade by the small river that runs by here. the "public" bathroom here didn't have tp or seats, but if you hiked up the hill to the camper area there were nicer facilities. far from town but was very quiet at night. not much to do within walking distance besides the Mayan ruin just up the road… but the "restoration" is pretty horrible. covered up everything in concrete to look more like Tikal I think.

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Great campground! There is an electric outlet under the canopy next to the tunnel. The showers and bathrooms up by the arena are nicer than the ones by the picnic area. Overall nice, quiet place to stay. Still 20q pp.

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Nice big campground. Very friendly staff. 4km walk to town. Bus stops in front of the gate.
We stayed on weekend and they had a event. Toilets and showers basic but proper. 20 Q pP.

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We spent two nights here, very quiet, with playground for kids and access to water to fill your tank. 20 quetzal per adults.

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Absolutely lovely spot. It's a little family run campground, they charged us 20Q each on entry but never asked us to pay for the second night we stayed. There is an event hall at the back of the property that was booked all weekend (lots of noisy fireworks). Semi clean bathrooms and cold showers. The few walking trails in the area are beautiful. Some telcel, but low bars. There are several barbacoas free for use, and the owner even brought us firewood. Several wild dogs, but they're all friendly. We felt very safe.

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Nice and wide campground, spots with shade and others with sun. Areas for barbacoa, a field of volleyball and soccer, play ground for kids. Up in the mountains they have open a tunell that cross a small mountain in the property. They also rent small casitas with a bed bunk's Q30 pp. They offer bathrooms and showers. the showers are cold but if you talk to Erick the guy that takes care of the place he can show you a small house with a hot shower. So we stay here 1 week and they charge us Q20 pp we are two adults and two kids they didn't charge us for the kids. We needed this place after border la Mesia and because we need to fix our truck. You have access to water for your camper and also they sell water for drinking in the property in the small tiendita they have. Good option for Huehuetenango town.

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