Public lakeside recreational area | Informal Campsite

Mexico

Details

Verified:
6 months ago
Altitude:
677.0 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
Fabian Pickel

Amenities

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

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Description

Public recreation area. Level grassland right by a nice artificial lake. Space for even the biggest truck, great to pop a tent. Free.

Several roofed picknick tables, benches, boats for rent, decent restaurant open every day (lunch only, 60-100 pesos), free bathrooms open 24h (bucket to flush). Perfect climate, 18-28'C, but sometimes windy. Very quiet, a few locals on sundays. Campfires ok. Large roof available under which you might also pop your tent in case it's raining. Stayed for a week around New Year's, when you have a no-rain guarantee.
In the village there are small shops selling only the most basic stuff, so you might want to do your groceries elsewhere. Also, this town has no cellphone signal, no internet café and no (working) wifi.

The night guard asked me for a tip (100/night) and I agreed to 50 pesos/night. However, the ladies running the restaurant (who pay him) don't approve of that, so camping is free. Overlanders are very welcome here.
That said, the guard closes the fence/gate at around 17h and sleeps on the premises. And the restaurant surely welcomes some business. Food is decent (fish from the lake was good), prices are low.

Great place, also to linger for longer. Can swim/fish in the lake. Spent a nice ten days here.

From the highway just follow the tarmac into town and down to the football field, then straight on to the lakeshore. Woop-woop!

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Had lunch here. It's a lovely spot by a lake and a small village. But with being risk adverse and noticing a few dodgy reviews regarding locals and the potential for robbery we decided to move on. The checkpoint up the road is obviously for narcotics so this area does have security issues.

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We spent one night on this beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Very quite and safe. The owner of the restaurant left at 6pm and closed the gate. And opened it at 8:30am. We were alone. They let us use the bathroom of the restaurant. The facilities are Very basic ( they will go through restoration)
They ask for a donation for the night, to help them restore the place. Worth a stop.

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Stopped for lunch. No one said anything.
Abandoned and didn’t convince me to spend the night.
By the time I was getting my dishes done, a super stoned dude came by, offering his almost overt joint. Of course he wanted something else… After half a second talk, asked politely for money, and once I said I had none, started to be not that polite, and actually threatened he could rob me.
I managed the situation as I speak some Spanish, and he went away with a cold beer in hands, but not happy.
I finished my dishes up by the highway.
Ask the locals, but it didn’t feel right for me. Good luck!

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Town is open. very friendly people. You can go to the lake but not with the vehicle, only walking. Very beautiful place. we slept in our big rig in the entry of the lake.

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Pueblo cerrado, Lago cerrado!
No nos dejaron entrar por la Pandemia.

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Spent a night here and loved the place. Super quiet and safe. A lot of space to park and tables to use. Toilet available 24/7 inside the restaurant but accesible even when it's closed. The village is small but found some sweets in a family run cute bakery. No cell signal.

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Can confirm. Great spot. Pretty and fairly quiet, as far as any spot in Mexico goes.

Everything is as described. Cute little restaurant. Breezy. Nice break from the coast. There are bugs/mosquitoes, but they aren't horrible... though they were bad enough to prompt us to put up the mosquito net.

We did see a drunk guy this morning fetching water. It was a production, for sure and took him a few times before he got the water without falling down and dumping it all on the ground. He talked to himself a lot. But he was harmless and kept to himself after waving hi to us.

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nice place as described, but seems abandoned in this season.

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Lovely spot! The air is dry and breezy and the lake is the perfect temp to rinse off in. We didn't eat at the restaurant because we had already eaten and are also trying to avoid coronavirus spreading...but the owner seemed nice!
Free, pretty, safe, and quiet. Great relief from the humid, hot coast.

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BEAUTIFUL. BREEZY AND COOL!!
It was quiet and we could have our doors open!
went for a dip in the lake- reminded me of a hot Canadian summer day. Loved it- wish we stayed longer.

Was camped up with a euro couple that stayed for ten days straight.

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Nice place, felt safe and a little noise from music as it was a Saturday. Overall a good stop for 1 night.

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Spent a night in front of the lake with our 24 feet RV. Very quiet. We asked people overthere and they let us camp for free. A bit windy but appreciable after the very hot temperature in the ocean coast. You van swim, fish. Do not know if the gate has been closed at night but at 6pm it wasn't closed yet. Feel safe.

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Everything empty. Enough space to camp, but no amenities. But the lake is pretty nice.

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In a group of 3 Camper we stayed one night- for free. Had some really good fresh fish in the little restaurant which was open at a Saturday. The night was calm and safe. Good stop for a night or some relaxing days at the lake.

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spebt the night here, no problem. but felt reallyalone in the site, restaurant was closed and really noone there...

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Quiet, friendly people, great lake. Really recommend it

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Great Spot

Thx Fabian.

Fish Tacos and Salad is 70... great taste. Always a nice breeze.

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GORGEOUS! Beautifully tranquil, lots of birds and butterflies, plenty of shade, easy access. Lake was perfect to swim in. Really wonderful spot. We didn't stay but ate our lunch here in way to San Cristobal

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this was a nice change from the hot coast. cool mountain temps on a fresh water lake. u are in for a nice swim to wash off al the salt from the ocean. the restaurant seemed open, but noone asked for money. they even let us use their toilets for free (no TP).
bit of noise from the town (rosters and dogs to wake you up early). but otherwise super peaceful.

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everything is as stated! really great stop. the resturaunt was open. we had two really good pescado frito dishes with fresh fish out of the lake and 6 beers in total for 270 peso. Tip well as the resturaunt is rebuilding still and Also they dont make you pay for camping. It was windy but not to bad. we ended up meeting some locals and staying at their casa for a second night and seeing the whole little town. worth a stop! we also found out a local sells his wifi for 5pesos/hour. Ask around they will point you to his house! It doesn't have alot of stores but it has alot of culture and character!! ;)

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muy lindo lugar..baños 24hs, gratis, lago hermoso donde también nos Bañamos..dormimos dos noche sin ningún problema..nos sentimos muy seguros

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Lake is beautiful with lots of nice birds. It's really quiet we saw only one other person. The restaurant didn't look open but there was music coming from it.. maybe people working on it? Make sure you pack all your trash out because the garbage cans here get pushed over by the dogs and there is trash everywhere.

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We got here at dark, no one on site so we camped free. Looks like it doesn’t get much use but nice for a night!

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Nice and quiet, as described. Restaurant was open, nobody asked us to pay anything for camping so we gave 50 pesos to the lady at the restaurant before leaving.

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Beautiful spot to stay for the night. Very peaceful. We parked near the covered picnic table where we had our dinner. Much nicer spot than the Pemex down the road!!! Free:)

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Restaurant not open roof damaged walls are falling down but the music system survived the bloody earthquake... great windy night spot in a public FREE Parking

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Lovely lake! Stayed two nights. The area is quite overgrown (out of season?) some local traffic, but no one came to ask for payment but did chat to some friendly locals.
Two sides of the lake...we originally parked on the right side of the lake (when facing the restaurant) but this side has a gate from the village and a few inebriated hombres came for a (naked) swim and drunkenly, and mildly uncomfortably, for too long...especially since one ended up losing his machete and was stumbling around trying to find it.
We moved to the other side and had no further issues!
The restaurant didn't look as if it was in operation ....
Overall, some weeds in the lake but we swam in it a couple of times....and still haven't kicked the bucket ;)

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pleasant area at the lake. we payed 120 for 2 nights. first they asked for 100 for one night .
good place for hammocks under the shelters (left from the restaurant, other side of the "river"). restaurant still without roof and probably not operating. after heavy rain road could get a bit more tricky.

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Nice recreational site at the lake with a friendly family running the place (used to be a restaurant before the earthquake). We had to pay 100 Pesos for the group (2 cars / 4 people) and could use the shaded table & bench as well as the restrooms
We‘ve been told the lake is swimmable (locals were standing hip deep in the water fishing) but didn’t go because of the wind being chilly.

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Endroit agréable, on se gare ou on veut, il y a des toilettes mais pas d’eau. Personne n’est venu nous demander de l’argent ou autre. On peut acheter des boissons fraîches et se restaurer dans la petite cahute collée au restaurant détruit par le tremblement de terre. Vous pouvez vous baigner sans problème dans le lac, il y a des tables à pique-nique ainsi qu’un éclairage de nuit pour veiller plus longtemps dehors. Les portes du parc sont fermées pour la nuit, c’est calme, le réveil se fait avec les oiseaux.

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This place looks dead right now:(
We were supposed to sleep here but only stopped for an hour and drove to the Cascadas El Aguacero instead.

The bathrooms are clean, but the lake doesn't look so nice to swim in. When we came there were a lot of people, nobody was in the water even though it was super hot outside....it's up to you.

You can make a donation for the roof. Seems like without the restaurant, this place looks a bit sad...

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We stayed one night and it was pleasant. No one came to ask for money. We washed our hair with the lake water ;-) swimming was not so tempting with lots of roots, plants and natural stuffs growing near the shore.

It was very peaceful and felt safe. Village road was good except near the gate. It was not at all an issue with our 25’’ RV.

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Traverser le long du village et descendre le long du second terrain de foot et non le premier.
Grand parc communal , éclairage solaire .
Géré par un employé sympa qui demande toujours ses 50 pesos pour une nuit ...
restaurant en reconstruction depuis le dernier tremblement de terre ...

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Nice spot. Restaurant roof was damaged due to earthquake but still serving. We didn't order food. Friendly guy provided a ladder so I could clean solar panels after two weeks at the beach. A woman tried to charge us 100 per vehicle. We managed to pay 50p per vehicle. Wifi in town by code. Good option. Bathrooms were clean. No cell signal

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great place to spend the night with friendly people and very peaceful.

the tile roof had fallen off during the big quake on 7 September so the place has a bit of a derelict and abandoned feel right now but they said they were going to start renovation work soon.
also since it's at altitude it's a great place to get away from the heat of the coast! :)

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Lovely spot! Lots of space and no one else here. You can swim in the lake despite what the man who runs the restaurant tells you - he told us there were crocs there but the locals swimming disagreed. You can get lunch at the restaurant and use their toilets which are fine. The foods isn't great but it did us fine. There is a man who sleeps next to the restaurant and kind of acts as security so you feel safe. Beware the massive load of tiny flies that attack any light at night! Otherwise enjoy the peace and quiet.

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Beautiful, quiet spot to stay the night. Many birds, frogs and minimal mosquitoes (it was windy). Camping was free, but unfortunately we paid 200 pesos in the restaurant to have 4 fried eggs with tortillas...

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Good overnight spot. Free, toilets 24h...
Every day (9 - 10 AM) a motorcycle come at the restaurant for selling pure water ! It's possible to buy him : 10 pesos/18 liters.

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Public recreation area. Level grassland right by a nice artificial lake. Space for even the biggest truck, great to pop a tent. Free.

Several roofed picknick tables, benches, boats for rent, decent restaurant open every day (lunch only, 60-100 pesos), free bathrooms open 24h (bucket to flush). Perfect climate, 18-28'C, but sometimes windy. Very quiet, a few locals on sundays. Campfires ok. Large roof available under which you might also pop your tent in case it's raining. Stayed for a week around New Year's, when you have a no-rain guarantee.
In the village there are small shops selling only the most basic stuff, so you might want to do your groceries elsewhere. Also, this town has no cellphone signal, no internet café and no (working) wifi.

The night guard asked me for a tip (100/night) and I agreed to 50 pesos/night. However, the ladies running the restaurant (who pay him) don't approve of that, so camping is free. Overlanders are very welcome here.
That said, the guard closes the fence/gate at around 17h and sleeps on the premises. And the restaurant surely welcomes some business. Food is decent (fish from the lake was good), prices are low.

Great place, also to linger for longer. Can swim/fish in the lake. Spent a nice ten days here.

From the highway just follow the tarmac into town and down to the football field, then straight on to the lakeshore. Woop-woop!

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