Batopilas River Side | Wild Camping

Mexico

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4 months ago
Altitude:
550.0 masl
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Caballo Blanco

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Natural Source
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
No
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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BATOPILAS 27.02592 / 107.73872 alt 551m
The road down to Barranca Batopilas has been recently paved witch reduce time from Cusárare from 6h to 3h. The new pavement is thin and holes have already started to appear. Watch for rocks fallen from the cliffs. The rickety bridge La Bufa has been replaced by a sturdy new one.
The road still has a hundred hairpin turns but the vista is so extraordinary down the Barranca that it is worthwhile to discover it. It is my 4th time here in 18 years.
Batopilas is a linear village of 1550 people squeezed between the cliff and the river. Very few places to park along the narrow streets but I found a pleasant and quiet boondock place on the riverside just passed the Puente Colgante passed the little central park. No service of course, but free Wi-Fi access in the park (when it works). There are many small hotels around the park where you can ask to take a shower for a fee. A few restaurants in the village. Old Sr Valentin sells expansive beer near the park.
A rough road brings you 7km further to the quiet village of Satevó where you find one of the oldest Christian church in Mexico.
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The previous post is already two years ago, so here's an update. There's a police checkpoint just before entering batopilas, very friendly and they told us we could park and sleep anywhere in and around town. It is very safe nowadays. We first parked in front of the small police station on the main square, but moved to this spot. There's a little breeze and a bit more quiet. Not very level though. 4G Telcel signal, but very slow.

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Stayed 3 very busy nights over Santa Semana. As recommended in prior comment stayed near pedestrian bridge, and a bit further from Zocalo. Lots of cartel and gun presence, but had no concerns for personal safety. Enjoy Batopilas.

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Got woken up at 4am by a drunk 18 year old boy with an assault rifle. Very friendly and just making sure we weren’t a threat. Likely some cartel underling doing security. We felt safe the whole time in Batopilas, even when having to talk to this kid. But we would not stay here again as it seems this exact place is a construction/cartel(?) hotspot (we also saw armed men here earlier in the day).

Don’t let it deter y out from visiting this great town. But we’d recommend to park by the river in the area 1km north of this location. A bit further from the zocalo, but quieter and less in the way. Also much flatter.

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Same as Ponshare posted, nice place to park/camp for the night. It is the River overflow area so it is probably only usable in the dry months. While exploring the town, we were approached by several people, mostly local women, asking questions and telling us about the area and local culture.

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Easy to get here and close to town. cell service is sketchy (minimal data 2G, but texts worked) as is the free wifi. We asked the police and they said anywhere in or near town is safe and no issues. ot was quiet and peaceful considering how close to town square we were.

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Private parking. I asked for shower and dinner (150Mp) at Monse hotel, owner offer me to stay on his parking. Not for big truck

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We stood at the police station at the plaza. The police said to stay at this place is safe. It was Sunday evening with live music on the plaza and Mexican feeling. Nice but in the middle of the village. Friendly people talked to us. The new road to the village is good, but thousands of falling rocks on the street. Drive carefully. The Mission Church of Satevo was nice. Friendly people. Military Men played Volleyball with the Village People. They told us it is every evening.

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BATOPILAS 27.02592 / 107.73872 alt 551m
The road down to Barranca Batopilas has been recently paved witch reduce time from Cusárare from 6h to 3h. The new pavement is thin and holes have already started to appear. Watch for rocks fallen from the cliffs. The rickety bridge La Bufa has been replaced by a sturdy new one.
The road still has a hundred hairpin turns but the vista is so extraordinary down the Barranca that it is worthwhile to discover it. It is my 4th time here in 18 years.
Batopilas is a linear village of 1550 people squeezed between the cliff and the river. Very few places to park along the narrow streets but I found a pleasant and quiet boondock place on the riverside just passed the Puente Colgante passed the little central park. No service of course, but free Wi-Fi access in the park (when it works). There are many small hotels around the park where you can ask to take a shower for a fee. A few restaurants in the village. Old Sr Valentin sells expansive beer near the park.
A rough road brings you 7km further to the quiet village of Satevó where you find one of the oldest Christian church in Mexico.
Caballo Blanco

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