Pasalo Bien Camping | Established Campground

Bolivia

Details

Verified:
over 2 years ago
Altitude:
2841.5 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Contributor:
leoundfabi2016.de

Amenities

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

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Description

Beautiful campground at the bottom of the canyon. Definitely more aimed at tent camping but we could park the car on the small parking lot in front of the gate at the street (sand path, no traffic) and use the facilities inside. Nice grassy field with sitting area and BBQ, good bathrooms, swimming pool, very friendly family who owns the camping. We could even plug in electricity with our very long extension. Just follow the signs on the highway which say Pasalo Bien San Pedro - camping 10 km (actually it is 13.5 km from the highway). It's a rough road but easy to drive when it's not raining. The first kilometers are flat but "corrugated sheet" (not sure if you can say that in English), the next are tight curves and quite steep slopes, the last are flat but rough terrain. All in all perfectly fine without 4x4 and we think medium to big rigs can also manage when they are adventurous and not too long. Oncoming traffic could be a problem but we didn't meet a single other car. 25 BOB per person. A hidden gem.

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We stayed for 3 days at this lovely place. Ariel and his family are very nice hosts. We got fresh fruits from his organic garden end enjoyed very quiet nights. Ariel is also offering short trekking tours to very interesting very old native engravings. Check this out after you entered Bolivia. Take the interesting way to the camp, its an adventure itself. See pictures.

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This place is INCREDIBLE!! The canyon is absolutely worth exploring and what a paradise of a campground. Ariel, the owner, and his family are kind and welcoming. Just enter and find a spot if he is off working the vineyards when you arrive. Fruit trees everywhere. Grills and tables and grass. Covered patio space and an huge pool that he fills on the weekends. Absolutely a hidden gem that you should find! And if my bicycle like we did, expect some of the most spectacular riding and scenery riding in and out of this canyon!

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We spent 2 nights (weekend) at this wonderful campsite. No problem to entry by van. The river nearby and the pool are really refreshing. We made a dam with stones at the river, amazing. Ariel and his family are very friendly and helpfull. We shared a beer and talked in the evening :-) The road is in good conditions. We did it with 2WD (Suzuki APV) from F14 (sign Pasalo Bien Camping). There could be a problem for wide vehicles because of narrow sections. Highly recommended. 50BOB/night (2+van)

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“Hidden gem” as previously said. Keep in mind that the place is busy with local families on weekends for day use. We had great time with a Bolivian family on Sunday!
The road via Choskonty is narrow but in a good condition and we had no issues with it. Far better than the horror stories we saw here.
Ariel (the owner) is a great guy and chatting with him was fascinating.

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Really lovely place to camp - feels like an oasis in the desert with many fruit trees - we roasted fresh walnuts on the fire. Speaking of fires, the parilla ovens are awesome!!! Bring wood and carbon. Lovely owners.

Regarding the “path of the devil” (see below) there’s some hysterical comments below, but if you’ve driven on Peruvian backroads this will be a piece of cake- those roads are way more dangerous. Yes there are steep drop offs, but the worst of the switchbacks are the first bit and then it widens out. I’m a lady driver in a 4Runner and I drove it at around 30km/h no problems. Recommend to beep on the tight turns to alert any oncoming traffic (we didn’t see any). Road has been graded. Maybe a bit hairy for 4wheeled mansions.

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Additional info. There are 3 other ways into and out of this canyon. If you head up the road further north (-21.899718, -65.49816) a few more km, there is a longer road in - extra 20 k but not extreme and very wide (2 vehicles wide for the 20k to bottom of canyon), then you have a single track (-21.88705, -65.419764) that is mostly level for 9k to campsite. If you are squeamish about narrow tight switch backs this is the way to experience the real Bolivian villages where very few tourist go; so few that the kids look at you if you are gringos like you are from Mars. There are 3 churches in the valley within 9 km. The missionaries were here first a long time ago. Worth the visit via the easier way.

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Wow road is interesting, and yes ‘extreme’ as many switch backs and it is narrow with a massive drop over the side. We did it at night which was not the plan but by the time we got across border it was getting dark. We braved road in the dark and did meet 2 cars, 1 pickup and a 5 ton truck (all locals) coming up the road in the dark as we were going down. We waited at the corners to let them pass (could see headlights over side). It’s not for the feint of heart and as long as you don’t mind going down a switch back road for about 6 km with no guard rail and the edge of the road has been washed out in a few places. The road is just wide enough but you definitely want to hug the mountain side when the road gets narrow. We came down with a VW T4 Camper. Once you reach the bottom you cross 2 washes and I would definitely not recommend coming down if its wet or raining before starting. Pick somewhere else, otherwise enjoy the thrill ride. Once you start you cannot turn around until you are almost at the bottom. Campsite is as described previously.

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Never get to this place. I think the risk is too high to get to this site. On the road it says 10km this is false. I drove about 10km and was away from the bottom of the canyon. I found a place where I could turn around and leave behind that path of the devil. Think twice. I made the route of death in Coroico and it is less dangerous than the way to "Pásalo bien"

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Lovely campsite with very friendly owner. He came to check up on us at the start of a thunderstorm during the night! We paid 25 BOB per person.

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Nice place to stay for a few day's, pool was empty, showers cold but I did fix them temporary!!! People are friendly, location is worth a visit and getting there is fun...Enjoy!! price is good too and they sell Homemade bread and wine.:-)))

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Agree totally, but not for the feint hearted, narrow dirt track that descends 500m in 6k, with many tight steep hairpins. we trundled down in 1st gear no problem in a land cruiser, but cooling system needs to be in perfect working order to get back up! Very friendly people and they removed the hanging sign so we could drive in (we are around 2.7m with bikes on). Gorgeous valley and very tranquil.

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Beautiful campground at the bottom of the canyon. Definitely more aimed at tent camping but we could park the car on the small parking lot in front of the gate at the street (sand path, no traffic) and use the facilities inside. Nice grassy field with sitting area and BBQ, good bathrooms, swimming pool, very friendly family who owns the camping. We could even plug in electricity with our very long extension. Just follow the signs on the highway which say Pasalo Bien San Pedro - camping 10 km (actually it is 13.5 km from the highway). It's a rough road but easy to drive when it's not raining. The first kilometers are flat but "corrugated sheet" (not sure if you can say that in English), the next are tight curves and quite steep slopes, the last are flat but rough terrain. All in all perfectly fine without 4x4 and we think medium to big rigs can also manage when they are adventurous and not too long. Oncoming traffic could be a problem but we didn't meet a single other car. 10 BOB per person. A hidden gem.

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