Parking Real de Catorce | Wild Camping

Mexico

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Verified:
over 1 year ago
Altitude:
2661.0 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
highfish

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
Yes - Average
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
Yes
Showers:
Hot
Water:
No
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
No
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Slept 2 nights here on this parking lot.
There are toilets for 5 Pesos, probalby close at night.
There is no guard but people said it is very safe in this village.

To get there, you have to drive trough a 2km long tunnel. I guess it is to small for big rigs. But there is also a parking in front of the tunnel. From there you can take a shuttel to Real. To use the tunnel and parking is 30 Pesos.

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Parking is now 100pesos/dia. I stayed overnight for free. Dogs barking at night like everywhere in Mx.

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We drove here from Estacion Catorce. Our 4x4 van is 6 meters long, 2,10 meters wide and 2,8 meters high. It is a beautiful drive. Not super challenging in general. But I would recommend 4x4 and some ground clearance. The road is largely paved, in a bumpy way. Only tricky part is when the old timer collectivo jeeps pass in the opposite direction. But they will make way to let you pass. We payed 100 pesos (during Dias de los Muertos) to park here for the night.

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Stayed two nights while visiting. Stayed for free. Quiet and safe. No clearance problem with our 9.5 feet Mercedes Sprinter through the tunnel. Price to enter tunnel was 127MXP (same as printed on ticket we received)

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Stayed one night, really peacefull, it's now 50 pesos to cross the tunnel.

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Just want to update this location to say that the town is easily driveable, only if you don't follow Google Maps directions. I wanted to stay out of town to the other side but first parked in the main parking lot at the entrance, walked around town and figured out the route the locals take into town. I drive a 2WD 85 VW bus with stock engine, had no issue.

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Great safe place to park for solo female traveler. You can get wifi across from the parking lot at the yellow baños sign right before you walk up the hill into town. It's 15 pesos for 1 hour, 30 pesos for 3 hours, 60 pesos per day, 75 pesos per week or 120 pesos per month for one device. Lots of great vendors in town and hiking trails nearby. Pet friendly but there are a lot of intact male dogs around, which are friendly. Showers at the plaza hotel are still 30 pesos but you should ask in advance as they are storing construction supplies there now so they need to move things for you to shower. Showers do not have locking door but were safe. Lots of souvenirs for reasonable prices in town. Tunnel is still 50 pesos to enter, free to exit. I stayed one week and was not charged for parking although there's a 30 pesos per hour for parking sign. Weekends are busy but very quiet during the week.

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Wire town worth the visit, parked the truck on the other side of the tunnel & thumbed a ride.

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We stayed a night with our roof tent and had no problem. Hot shower (MXN 30) and toilets (MXN 5) available at Hotel Plaza Ogarrio, both was clean. To drive trough the tunnel is MXN 50 now.

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big open free parking area. as others said, roads get very narrow and hairy past this point, best go on foot and make sure you plan your route correctly.

camping is okay here, very safe, very windy, cold and very very dusty, my entire rig inside and out is nasty. the town is touristy on weekends and packed full of vendors but during the week it's much more peaceful. not much to really do in town. if you are interested in hikes or horse rides to see the old mines and such then it's more worth the effort to get here.

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Make sure you don’t drive past the car park when you come out the tunnel. The streets are very narrow and for most parts you need a 4WD. We made the mistake as I was following the coordinates on google maps. Got stuck for half hour on a hill, tired kept slipping. Other then that, peaceful place to sleep.

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nice place to stay for the night just at the entrance or at the Mirador a few hundred feet. The is a guy in a pick up told me not to park near the intracellular and he guided me just a little further. I gave him two coca cola and he was very happy.

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Good place, safe. Tunnel same price, 30 pesos.

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The tunnel to enter the town is 3 m high and 2.5 km.

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Stayed here again for five days with no problems, bathrooms nearby are very clean. There is also a hotel down the street from the palacio municipal with hot showers for $35 pesos, there is a yellow sign that says regaderas, cant miss it. We fit through the tunnel in our toyota rv but just barely!

Side note, make sure you have plenty of cash when you come here, the only atm in the town is out of service very often. We got stuck for three days with no cash before it was fixed.

Second side note, dont miss Gorditas Doña Chila, incredible cheap food, we ate there every day. Its right on the main drag.

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A large parking lot after the tunnel but before town. The road to Real de Catorce is cobblestone for 15 miles, FYI, culminating in a somewhat steep climb before a rather long one way tunnel. We had no safety issues but the town was very full for Semana Santa so maybe more oversight. The town is very lovely, full of buskers and hippies and cowboys and tourists. It's COLD! And windy. Prepare accordingly. I would also not advise driving into town beyond the parking lot as the roads are steep and narrow and if it rains, muddy.

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Camped for 2 nights without problem. there is also a camping spot at the end of town just beside the "Toro Plaza" where you could pitch a tent or sleep in your rig but too isolated to leave your vehicle parked during the day tho. From here walk up the street just above the tunnels exit and follow the main trail up to some beautiful mine ruins above town. You can keep walking up past the ruins to the summit of sevral mountains and some beautiful meadows. Horse tour available everywhere in town.

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Stayed here for two nights, on the second night our RV was vandalized with political rhetoric and reverse camera ripped off. I don't really know what to make of this place. Nice town I guess.

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Slept 2 nights here on this parking lot.
There are toilets for 5 Pesos, probalby close at night.
There is no guard but people said it is very safe in this village.

To get there, you have to drive trough a 2km long tunnel. I guess it is to small for big rigs. But there is also a parking in front of the tunnel. From there you can take a shuttel to Real. To use the tunnel and parking is 30 Pesos.

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