Camping with Palapas & River | Informal Campsite

Mexico

Details

Verified:
about 3 years ago
Altitude:
624.0 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
phil

Amenities

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

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Just over the next ford from the formal camping area is a green field with well built palapas next to a gorgeous bit of the river. We pulled on around 4pm on a Sunday afternoon and it was quite busy but soon cleared out.

We felt it was a slightly nicer camp area than the official camp areas and we were astonished when they only asked for 20P for parking as we were sleeping in our car. If you come for the day and evening I think it would be fair to pay 120P.

Toilets are basic (no seats and bucket) but clean and serviceable.

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Dog people: dogs are welcome here but not allowed in the river (even though you drive through it three times to get here).

Cost:
25 pesos per person to enter
30 pesos to park here but I think you can park elsewhere for free
100 pesos for palapa (we arrived late and the fee still applied)

Nice place and great location for Guatemala border.
Clean bucket flush toilets open all night.

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Right after you pay at the entrance (20p) turn left and follow the sign to the archeological site. You'll have to cross 2-3 "rivers" with your car then you will see a sign saying the parking is 30p. We decided to park there and pay the fee per day and parked at the back under trees, near palapas #10. The spot was perfect with lot of shades!

We slept one night by the laguna near to the main entrada and didn't like it at all. It was super noisy and there were cars running all night. Toilets are closed after 6pm and cost 3 pesos during daytime. We slept here (in the 30 pesos parking) two other nights and really enjoyed! Toilets are open all night and don't cost anything. Plus, the spot to swim is better, clear and clean water.

The ruins are not too far by walk from there and worth the visit! You can still park your car nearer the site if you want.

(Be careful while crossing the river, we lost a part of the van (under the fuel tank) lol it was very rusty anyway.)

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We arrived on New Years Day around 3:30pm. It was hard to reach the place because of all the cars leaving and some sections on the last 100 meters are too narrow for two vehicles. When this happens to you, have someone walking ahead and looking out for a policeman. On busy days they have several local policemen along the road and they will stop for you the outgoing traffic thus allowing you to reach the final place. There is space to park your vehicle even on such crowdy days. After 5:30pm the place gets empty and you can park next to the river.

Our van is 7m long, 3m high and 2.4m wide (with side mirrors folded in). I assume it will be hard to reach the place with a much bigger rig

It is a nice spot though, worth a visit.

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GPS couldn't find the road to the coordinates.
Follow the signs to the archeological side en after two 'water crossings' your there!

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I am talking about the camping spot when you turn right as soon as you enter the park and pay 20p.
It is owned by a married couple that has been there for years. The have rooms for 150p or palapas for 50p. It is a long piece of land bordering a lake. A very beautiful spot. Extremely friendly. Safe to park. I hung up my hammock in the back where they have beautiful trees. No wifi, cold showers, need to make a fire to cook. Almost empty. Low season

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Just over the next ford from the formal camping area is a green field with well built palapas next to a gorgeous bit of the river. We pulled on around 4pm on a Sunday afternoon and it was quite busy but soon cleared out.

We felt it was a slightly nicer camp area than the official camp areas and we were astonished when they only asked for 20P for parking as we were sleeping in our car. If you come for the day and evening I think it would be fair to pay 120P.

Toilets are basic (no seats and bucket) but clean and serviceable.

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