Hogar Infantil | Established Campground

Mexico

Details

Verified:
4 months ago
Altitude:
815.0 masl
Phone:
None
Contributor:
Song of the Road

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - At Sites
Wifi:
Yes - Average
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Cold
Water:
Yes
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
Yes

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As described, nice place, water, electricity (poor), dump on site. Stuff not very friendly, the kids leave you alone. You shouldn’t be higher than 3,75 m (see pic) because of the gate. Very loud roosters very close, beside that surprisingly quiet.

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What a magical place! You’ve gotta love when your stay can support a really good cause of helping kids without families. We stayed for two nights at this very peaceful spot for $200 pesos a night. It does have power and running water and could fit a big rig. It’s nice and flat for sleeping and very quiet.
You can interact with kids / workers if you want or not. We just said hola and started conversations. But no pressure at all. I asked what they needed and they said: soap, rice, beans, toilet paper, pencils, erasers, and pencil sharpeners. I asked about soccer balls and they said they have some.
In addition to doing a little good, our dog loved running around here in the nice grass and we loved all the trees and birds in this peaceful spot.

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It's OK. On a busy country road, so there is a lot of road noise, and made me uncomfortable with the idea of sleeping with my doors open for the breeze. Also a LOT of barking and fighting dogs. Cement pads are pretty level. Temperatures were much cooler than the city, and the wind blew in one consistent direction the entire time I was there, which is helpful for ventilation. There's also a good restaurant about 5 minutes walking. Plenty of exposure for starlink and solar.

Staff asked for $200. Website says $200 but don't pay the staff.

Not the best, not the worst, but ultimately it's a good resource that I'm happy is there. Stayed for 3 days because it was a quiet, cool place to sit down and get some work done, and at least (hopefully) the money goes to a good cause.

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Just as described by others. We asked how much it was to camp and we were told it’s free. We insisted on paying 200 pesos. The work they do here is heartwarming. I wasn’t feeling well when we arrived so unfortunately didn’t get to spend time with the kids. They help so many kids and provide a safe environment for them. We donated a few things for the kids, acrylic paint, shampoo, reading glasses, deodorant and a few other items. This place is only funded by donations so if you can give please do. It’s a great space to camp. Very peaceful and relatively bug free. We used the power and it worked great. Water and dump available at each site. We really appreciated the concrete to park on. Our dog enjoyed running around the green area. Would definitely stay again.

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Spent 2 nights here. The guy working charged us $200 MX/night, which we were happy to pay to support the orphanage. However, we later noticed the website is very clear to only donate online- not to pay cash. So, something to consider. It was very quiet at night and great sleep. The electrical outlets look new and nice but only provide 500 watts, which may be the lowest wattage we’ve seen for a 15 amp plug. We had chosen the spot for the full hookups noted in another post and had already paid, so we just used our generator for power. It was too hot for our cats to manage without AC. There’s water at each spot. The bathroom is a bit creepy… it could use a solid cleaning and some maintenance. We didn’t use the toilet. But the shower had good water pressure (cold) and worked for us after a week without showering on the steamy Oaxacan coast.

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They charge 200 pesos for a rv. Due to covid we could not interact with staff & kids.

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As described. The bathroom is usable but has seen better days.

HOWEVER it was not free! Juan Francisco asked us to pay 200mx but shortly after only wanted 100mx.

Unfortunately we could only stay one night, its a good place.

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Great and quiet place to spend a night or a few days to do repairs, restock. Great concrete pads (5) complete with new 15amp electrical plugs, water and drain. Staff and kids of the orphanage really respect your privacy if you wish. THIS IS A FREE SPOT but kids always need school supplies, soccer balls, reading glasses, toothbrush, feminine hygiene products… all which you can find at the Wallmart in Tuxla 40 minutes away. Enjoy!!!

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COVID-19 UPDATE: In the interest of slowing the local spread of COVID-19 virus, Hogar's local board has decided to close the campground until further notice. Please connect with us via Facebook and Instagram. We thank you all for your support and look forward to being able to accept campers in the future.

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as described. Our kids loved playing football with their new friends !

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We were greeted and pointed towards the parking area by the security guard. The rules and overview brochures were supplied to us a little later. The water has little pressure so I used an auxiliary pump to fill our tank. The water here is an issue as they need to haul it in to have their water tanks filled. We did not use the electrical as we have solar and were in a sunny area. The bathroom is basic but clean. Once again, there is very little pressure in the shower as water is gravity fed by tanks. There was lots of room for our dogs to run. Please be sure to donate for your stay through PayPal as all resources are a cost to this charity run facility.

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Stayed just one night; didn't checked the restrooms; the guard registered us and let information for us about the place and the kids; the water tap at the sides just worked out for a short filling of our 10l bottle- in the morning it doesn't work; we had a calm night; we donated per Paypal;

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Lovely place, with great camping. Please leave a donation via paypal as this home for Children is funded by donation only.

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Ótimo lugar para descansar e passar uns dias. É um orfanato com 80 crianças, eles recebem viajantes de coração e não te cobram nada, porém é interessante ajudar. Tem lugar plano para estacionar, torneira (as vezes não tem água), banheiro com chuveiro e muita natureza.

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great place, they now have a single shower and bathroom, still working round about so a bit of a building site. Also water/power/dump. Got involved with a couple we met previously in Baja & painted the bakery among other things. They have about 70 kids at the moment & appear very committed & worth helping.
please remember when you come here that the home is funded by donation not by the government, they have to bring the water you use by truck, electricity has to be paid for, trash has to be removed, all this costs!

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We arrived yesterday for a day or two and now we are planing to stay for at least one week. What an incredible place an incredible people. There's new bathrooms for travelers. Just come and then you'll decide what to do here, just stay, enjoy, play or work

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Please stop here! We spent 4 days here in our truck camper with our 3 dogs. We didn’t have any problems. We didn’t see the prior review so we left our stuff out all night for 4 days. They have a night watchman and they lock the gate at night. The kids are told and DO stay away from the camper area. You are not obligated to interact with the children. You are left alone. We chose to spend our time with them and it was a wonderful experience. If you want to bring something with you pick up a soccer/futbol on the way. They go through quite a few of those. Lol
Full disclosure, the toilet was bucket flush and no toilet seat. The guard shack has a little nicer toilet that I am sure he will let you use. They are working on new bathrooms that hopefully will be done in a few months. The electricity worked great! WiFi is by the school. The water was touch and go. This place is a great layover to your next place or a few day stop. You can walk or tuk tuk to town. You can make donations online http://www.hogarinfantil.org or grab some items in town. This place is a beautiful place despite the obvious need. This is a happy place.

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Stayed in the orphanage for 3 days. The kids are wonderful!! And the place is really good for them! Also the managers and the tutors are amazing.
Unfortunately it’s not that safe. At least it wasn’t for me. I had my helmet and my passport stolen from my motorcycle during the night. They have electricity but the baños are unusable and also no shower. So you will need to improvise.

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it's a nice quiet place, with farm animals next door. Easy access which let's you skirt driving thru town if you are bigger or towing. Kids are great and leave you to yourself while you are parked. Close enough to bigger towns, and a Toyota dealer (45 mins away).
Still need to get the water turned on, since I am the only one here.
For a nice little spot to chillax for a few days, I can recommend them.

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You have to see these kids! They are really nice and cute. We played football with them and we had a very good time with the team. We gave 200 pesos after staying 2 nights here. The bathroom didn't work but we can use the guard's toilets.

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great place - friendly people - donated 200 pesos directly to the director. the guard offered 3x that he could pass the money on...
Wifi doesnt work at the 4 sites but fast in front of the office!

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MUST !!! You need to visit this place!!
Awesome place, really safe.
Kids are the best! Our kid plays all day, they share everything, it's so nice.
Please come here and leave donation!! Everything helps.
As RV PARK it's perfect. Green and trees, kids playground . 4 leveled spots with hookup and water. Also you can dump your tanks if you got the hose.
If you want to play you can, if you want to relax and be on your own nobody will bother.
10/10!

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Hermoso lugar, estamos aquí hace 3 días y planeamos quedarnos más. Los chicos son geniales, nuestra niña juega con ellos todo el día. Vamos a pintar un mural con ellos.
Como Parking es perfecto, tiene un enchufe y una canilla, también donde drenar nuestra porqueria.
Mucho verde, juegos para niños, sombra, árboles. Realmente perfecto
Hay un restoran cerca "el tiburón" durante el día, muy rico y precio normal.
El Centro está a 15' caminando.

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Very nice place and lot's of fun with the kids... I gave a talk about my travels for the kids which they really enjoyed... ;-)

If it comes to donations... DON'T GIVE IT TO THE NIGHT GUARD ... he showed me an English written paper on which was written that I can give donations to him... Then he will distribute it to the children... I asked the director and she told me this is completely wrong... So he just wants his peace of the cake... I gave him something for watching my stuff, but the donation went to the director directly...

Enjoy this place... hope you speak some Spanish. Some of the kids got real (also sad) stories to tell...

greetings

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Great stop. Our girls had a great time playing with the children, who are amazing. The children enjoy practicing their English and French. Water and electricity at the sites. You will wake up to turkey, ducks, chickens (no roosters), piglets and sheep grazing. Highly recommend. Free, you can make a donation online or we donated school supplies, socks and a soccer ball. Give donations to an adult at the big orange building for proper distribution. Enjoy.

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Endroit sympa où l’on peut échanger et jouer avec des orphelins Mexicains. Leur donner de notre temps.
Côté camping, 4 places avec électricité et eau sur terrain plat bétonné en plein soleil, les autres places sont sans service avec terrain en pente mais à l’ombre. Douche et toilettes en l’état, nuit calme, fermé sécurisé.
Malgré nos sollicitations, dommage que le personnel encadrant ne nous ait pas parlé du fonctionnement de l’établissement et du bien être des enfants. Par contre les enfants l’ont très bien fait, super moments passés à leurs côtés !
Il n’y a pas de prix fixe pour la nuit de camping, vous donnez ce que vous pensez être juste.

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stayed 2 nights with plans to go to San Cristobal. Met the kids and decided to stay here and get to know them. They are amazing kids. a lot of them want to practice or learn English. They tought us some more Spanish as ours isnt that good. My boyfriend had his longboard with and the kids loved riding around on it. a few of them want to buy one for themselves. On the weekends they love playing volleyball. I encourage you to get in on some games and get to know the kids.

As for the camping situation, it is just as described. although I was expecting the bathroom to be worse than it was based on reports. I recommend staying here. the nights were cool and no mosquitos.

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I come back for 1 night. Great location when you are coming or leaving Chiapas.

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Quiet place. 4 sites with full hook-up, water, sewer, electricity. You give what you want to help the children. I gave 200 pesos for one night.
Nice and quiet.

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Wonderful place. Quiet, scenic. If you are towing (as we are) much easier to visit zoo at Tuxtla Gutierrez (fabulous) and San Cristobal de Las Casas (a must) with your smaller vehicle. Did not want to take trailer through busy T de G. It is fun to watch the children and they will not bother you. 'Guard' at entrance will not accept payment but if you find director, you can make a donation. We paid 500 pesos for five days - a bargain.

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STOP HERE! This place is a great parking spot and it is FREE. Much quieter than Pemex. Much more fun, if you want that. Please note that you can pull in and park without talking to anyone. No kids will mob you. No one asks for anything. It is truly easy to slip into a parking space near the entrance and remain undisturbed. If you want to interact, go to the orange building and ask for an "adulto". You could offer to help with lessons, play soccer, feed animals, draw, paint or whatever your thing is. But nothing is obligatory. The spaces are clearly visible concrete pads near the driveway. The electric and water wasn't working when we were there. There is a rough bańo that is working. There are other facilities available near the orange building if you need them.
After your stay, if you wish to donate to the children's home you can visit www.hogarinfantil.com to make a cash donation. Before you arrive if you want to bring something with you, they welcome basic toys, balls, treats, hygiene, underwear, etc. There are about 80 kids aged 4 to 21 living there. Give your donated items to an adult for fair distribution. (No cash please). But no gift and no interactivity is required. STOP HERE, you'll love it!
(Tents, pets, kids welcome too)

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fantastic place. stay here for 3 days. making presentation for kids about travelling the world and the importancy of dreams.

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Had a great New years eve and day with the children at this home! Electric, water, and bathrooms available. The sites up near the school are nicer and closer to the kids. Bathrooms are functional. Friendly staff. Free with optional donation for stay

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Had a blast with the kids. Played a movie with them and lit off fireworks for New Years Eve celebration. Camped right up by the main building due to the other sites electricity not working. Free.

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Sehr schöner und ruhiger Platz. Nette Kids und Erzieher. Wir gaben gern ein Spende für die Kinder und das Heim.

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Super nice people here. The bathroom facilities are awkward at best as we were shown to a bathroom by casually cruising through someone's bedroom. But you can tell everyone here is nice and well meaning. The kids we met were happy and ready to chat. Definitely worth a stop if you're not put off by the bathroom situation.

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We pulled into this location in the late afternoon.. Wonderful experience as our children played with the kids at the orphanage... Great overnight camping spot .. No charge , but you can make a donation on line ..

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Bathroom had no water, no electricity, no showers

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this place is amazing. these kids are incredible. make sure to go up to the main building (orange) at 4:00 during homework time.

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The kids that live here play in the sun, chase the goats around and sitting here right now, they're all playing a bed time game. If you stay here for free like we did, it's hard to imagine not making a donation at their site.

Minor correction to earlier posts, Hogar Infantil is not a school, but a children's home. The younger children are bused to school in Ocozocoatla and the older children generally attend university in the nearby state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez.

If you use TELCEL for data while traveling, the connection here is fairly good...sometimes.

Although the available baño for camping is somewhat scary, if you ask the camp directors they'll be happy to show you to the facilities within the main hall.

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Stayed here 2 nights. Not really a campground, but a home for children in need. 4 spots with water and electric. No fee for camping, however this place is totally reliant on donations. A great cause! So worth whatever you can afford. We spent our time practicing Spanish with the children, playing soccer and attempting to walk the slack line. Great stop! Friendly, and kids were a blast!

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Very nice place; one of our best souvenirs of the trip. It's a home for kids from 5 to 21 years old who come from families that don't have the money to raise their kids proprely. Free to stay but you can make a donation to the US fundation that takes care of Hogar. 4 paved sites to park with water, dump and electricity. We asked for showers and they gave us a key for a room with a shower that we could use. Everybody was very very friendly and all the kids were super interested in us, our trip, our language and everything we did. We made the younger ones try the bicycles and we played soccer, football and basket with the older ones. We talked and learned them a bit of english after they asked for us to teach them. A very nice time spent there! Also well situated to visit the Canyon de Sumidero in the city of Chiapa de Corzo (more or less one hour driving to get there from Hogar), Sima de las Cotorras (a huge hole in the ground, 45 minutes driving from Hogar on a gravel road) and Agua Cerro (wonderfull falls that ends in a nice and calm river where you can swim ; less than 30 minutes driving from Hogar). We strongly recommend that you stop by for a day or two if you pass near Hogar Infantil!

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Very nice place, quiet and friendly. It's a home for 53 children from 6 to 18 years who are going to the village schools and come back in the afternoon. You can get wifi in a studyroom. The bathroom is not really invating, but there electricy, water dans dump.

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A school for children with 4 pull in spots with power and water. Children are very nice and the camping is free. Highly recommend this spot!

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Good space, water, electricity and Dunping. Quiet, WIFI. Free, but a donation is welcome, the children are also very pleased about sweets.

AParking lotroaching from the 'Pan 190 Ocozocoautla place before the bus left.

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It's a children's home which provides three big sites with water and electricity for free. Sites are on a big grassy field where the sheep are grazing. A very simple shower room (during our stay there was no water) is also provided. The love the idea of making contact between the children and travellers in that way. The director and the kids are very nice, but unfortunately hardly any communication happend which was also our fault.

When we visited the place again five weeks later, unfortunately, there was neither water nor electricity at the sites and the bathroom was very dirty and unusable.

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