El Arcotete | Established Campground

Mexico

Details

Verified:
6 months ago
Altitude:
2365.8 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Contributor:
maxtraveling

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - Not at Sites
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
Yes
Showers:
No
Water:
Non-Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
Unknown

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Description

If you follow the GPS point it will take you to the shortest road but it might be a bit misleading because the park is a further down the road, so let me explain: leaving San Cristobal, go toward Tenejapa, at some point you will see a big sign advertising El Arcotete, if you turn right just before the sign you will end up on a slightly longer dirt road that leads to the park. It's better to keep going straight for 100 meters then turn right on a paved road and right again on a dirt road a bit further. You will reach the park faster that way. (UPDATE: This shorter option is no longer possible because of a big gate. Instead, just turn at the big Arcotete sign, and follow the little signs pointing the way.)

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Very much enjoyed our stay here. There is the initial carpark which is highly sloped. But if you continue along the gravel road for a further 400m there's a secluded, flat car park area just before a bridge. Can be cold in the morning though, so advise to drive back up to the main carpark to get the sun. 100Ps/2 persons. If you want to rock climb you need to pay extra too.

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Very beautiful place. You can camp here, climb or go hiking. The entrance has a steep gravelroad, but no 4x4 needed. Quiet and peaceful. We visited the park but didnt stay overnight. Next time we will.

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There’s a fence up around the perimeter now, so the instructions below to go past the sign and through a dirt road don’t work anymore. Neither do GoogleMaps directions. Instead, just follow the signs to Arcotete. The dirt road is quite bumpy but fine for a 2WD. Camping here is so peaceful and lovely. Camped Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights but they only came to collect payment on the first night (70 for two). We parked close to the sway bridge, in front of some palapas, so that no one even collected the 10pp park entry fees from us. We picnicked under the pine trees during the day; Friday was super quiet and Saturday was busier but not at all as rowdy as I expected. Just friendly families. Hard to find super even parking, but you can drive around the perimeter to other areas of the park - including flat land by a calm river. Awesome calm place to chill out before heading toward heat & humidity.

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After Antrance drive a bit further. After 600m you arrive on the "real" Campground. Big nice grassy Flat next to the River. The quitest Night you can imagine, but also chilly. We recommend the Place!

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We spent 2 nights here, great for kids to explore the park as there is so much space and so few people at least during weekdays. No hot showers though but if your cord is long enough you can hook up up to 3 rigs to the power from the restrooms. 30$ per adult per night for camping and 10$ for entrance, following nights are at 25$ per pax per night.There is a small shop selling snacks and drinks only so bring your food and water.

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I didn’t stayed for the night, but I think and feel iT could be super Nice to wake up there!

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Stone arch, amazing cave, zipline, horseback riding, lots of family activities.

10p entry, 25p camping (1 person)

2 toilets for men, 13 for women (hahaha), all flush and relatively clean, but zero toilet seats!

Nice night watchman.

Only camper on a Monday night.

Campground is on sloping hill with large shade trees.

Lots of roofed picnic areas with large, clean tables and chairs.

Outlets at bathrooms.

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Had a nice time in the camping of the arcotere (500mts long cave).

There are different places were to park and camp. We stayed after the bridge. During the day the women pass with their goats. At night were alone.
Managed by local community, there are hot showers in the entrance.

Lindo parque manejado por un ejido, tranquilo para relajar.

El arcotete es una cueva, se paga aparte para hacer el sendero de 400/500 mts. Simplemente lo vimos desde afuera!

Nos recomendaron ir a ver las cuevas del mamut y dormir en el arcotete.

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We stayed here for more than two weeks. We agreed with them to pay only for the night and not for the entrada (10$pp) because we were always going in San Cristobal during the daytime.

This place is very calm and peacefull compared to San Cris so we really enjoyed to sleep there. Very well maintained, beautiful hike and grutas. Nice climbing spot as well! We met lot of overlanders, cheers to them:)))))

We negotiated to pay only 25$ per night per person.

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35p for entrance plus camping. Beautiful spot. There is an amazing arch with a river flowing through it. Also many hiking paths through pine forrests.
Its almost a straight road to central San Cristobal only 10 minutes away.
The camping area is huge but on a slope.
Left all my stuff unsupervised for several days next to my hammock and had no problems.
There is no kitchen but there are fire pits to cook food.
No water, basic toilet without paper, no wifi and no electricity from what I saw.
Grest spot 4/5

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If you turn at the Second panel (fastest way) many big rig will probably hit the back at a left turn: Several lines on the pavement. If you don't have a lot of time in the area maybe not so interesting to drive here.

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wrong localisation : 16.72587, -92.58442
the site is great, you can walk there and see a cave.
the price is per person 35p : 10p for the entrance and 25p to camp. usually the toilets are 5p but if you say you are camping it's for free.

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As stated, 10pp to enter and 25pp to camp overnight. Nice spot to stay a night or two.

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Not a lot of level spots, but this place is great. 25 pesos per person to camp. The Gruta is cool, lots of hiking available and indigenous sheep herders. Flush toilets, but no showers. Very quiet at night. We were the only campers.

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Just follow the signs to the Park is the best way to find it. A nice place but crowded on weekends on the day.

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This area is great! nice trails, BBQ pits, a zip line and even climbing! There are 8 routes total here on fun limestone.

10pp for park entry and 25pp if you want to stay overnight. Bathrooms, tienda and little restaurant. Caves cost an additional 10pp.

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If you follow the GPS point it will take you to the shortest road but it might be a bit misleading because the park is a further down the road, so let me explain: leaving San Cristobal, go toward Tenejapa, at some point you will see a big sign advertising El Arcotete, if you turn right just before the sign you will end up on a slighlty longer dirt road that leads to the park. It's better to keep going straight for a 100 meters then turn right on a paved road and right again on a dirt road a bit further. You will reach the park faster that way.

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This is the correct location for the Parque Ecoturistico El Arcotete. Take the road towards Tenejapa when leaving San Cristobal de las Casas, you will see a large sign advertising El Arcotete, it's very well indicated. They charge only 25p per person. There are a few flat spots to camp or park, and a watchman all night. Very calm place, clean bathroom, and mini market.

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