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Camping sites in Ecuador

July 17, 2012


Primax Petrol Station, Ibarra (N0 23.412 W78 06.411, 2237m)

Petrol station. Bought Diesel. Toilets. Free

Below Laguna Cuicocha (N0 17.556 W78 20.890, 3040m)

Free camping spot with view of valley and across Otavalo. Very quiet. No Facilities. No overnight parking is allowed at Laguna Cuicocha anymore.

Cascada De Peguche Waterfall Car Park (N0 14.572 W78 14.562, 2590m)

Could camp here for free.

Rincon De Viajero Camping  (N0 13.128 W78 16.602, 2656m)

Very nice campsite on a slightly sloping grassy area with room for 2 big campers on the only flat bit. Hot showers, kitchen with gas hob, toilets, power (110v and 230v) and water. 20 minute walk into town or 50c bus. On road to Mojanda lakes.   English spoken and very helpful owner Dennis is happy to provide lots of local info. $10 per night.

Mitad Del Mundo Parking (S0 00.241 W78 27.285, 2477m)

Parking for Mitad Del Mundo Monument – May be possible to overnight here.

Town Square, Mindo (S0 03.182 W78 46.460, 1240m)

Parked on Town Square. Quiet overnight. No Problems. Free but no Facilities.

Hotel Quito Parking (S0 12.183 W78 28.847, 2844m)

Parking next to Hotel Quito.  Free when staying at the hotel. With big vehicle do not go through main entrance but side entrance at back. Hotel is lovely but expensive at $111 per night (including taxes). We parked here while in Galapagos for zero charge.

Roadside Turnout, On Way to Papallacta (S0 19.136 W78 13.374,3764m)

Turnout by restaurant on road to papallacta. Free. No Facilties.

Termas de Papallacta (S0 21.715 W78 08.981, 3307m)

Parking in Balneario car park at Thermals. Toilets in camping are. $6 per person. Thermals are $7 per person entry (multiple entry per day allowed). Some of the nicest thermals we have seen.

Papagayo Hotel                (S0 33.469 W78 35.681, 2532m)

Hotel that takes overlanders. Entrance to property down realtively narrow dirt road (ok for us). Turn into gate very tight and we decided not to do it. In a smaller vehicle this would be a great place to stay.

Petro Commerical on Panam near Lasso (S0 38.779 W78 35.657, 3507m)

Free. Parking at Gas Station. Toilets available.

Diver’s Lodge, Puerto Ayora (S0 44.488 W90 18.720, 2m)

Small relatively reasonably priced Hotel on Santa Cruz. 5 minutes walk from Charles Darwin Centre.

Cloudforest Hostel (S0 47.922 W78 55.137, 3192m)

Overland trucks stay here so there is room apparently but with a couple of cars already parked there it looked too tight for us.

Laguna Quilotoa Parking Lot (S0 52.024 W78 54.965, 3878m)

Most of parking lot is slopey but possible to get flat in a couple of places. No facilities although pay toilets are available. $2 per person entry fee. Very windy ! Free to stay night.

Pequeno Paraiso (S1 24.126 W78 17.278, 1499m)

Lovely gardens in campsite with hot showers, kitchen/inside area, wifi. Small campers can park in gardens, big campers in truck park – area by orchard. Electricity and water in both areas. Marc and Sue both English speaking ex overland truck drivers very friendly and can arrange canyoning and white water rafting. Bus into Banos takes 20 minutes and 50c. Highly recommended.  Cost $10 per night.

Ps Petrol  Station (S1 34.269 W78 43.069, 3143m)

Petrol Station Camping. Toilets available. Not bad overnight. Free.

Pircapamba Hosteria, Alausi (S2 11.563 W78 50.771, 2400m)

15 minute walk from train station along nice track. Toilet and warm shower available. Water available. Parking on flat volleyball court. Nice day room with food and games (Table tennis, Pool table, Table football etc.). Cost $10 per night.

Ingapirca Parking (S2 32.444 W78 52.343m, 3170m)

Cold overnight but quiet in mostly flat car park just outside site. 24 hour security. Toilets (very nice) opened at around 8.30am.

Cabanas Yanuncay (S2 54.341 W79 01.689, 2569 m)

US15 per night. Electricity 110v/220v + Water and fast internet. Parking on grass – be careful in wet weather. Humberto and his wife are very friendly and will help you if you need any repairs. Access to Toilet and hot showers in cabin or if full in their house.  About a 20 minute walk from town.

Hosteria “San Luis”, Huizho (S3 19.613 W79 44.424, 51 m)

Hosteria with big swimming pool and water slides. Toilets by pool (Not very nice). Cost $5 per person including free use of pools. Restaurant on site.

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