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Mexico Accommodation

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Costs are all based on two people. We noticed that there are price jumps from one to two people for hotels. In some locations we had approval for the dog (always okay for camping) but in other hotels we decided to sneak him in and out. Potable water was not available (one exception was Entre Amigos in Urique). Locations included secure parking except as noted. We are missing photographs for many locations in the early part of the trip. We will continue to update this post as we travel.

HOTEL PINON
Nuevo Casas Grande, Chihuahua
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GPS: 30.41906,-107.91507
Cost: 420 pesos/night
Dates stayed: 2-3 October 2014
Pets allowed: Yes but required hotel permission
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes – excellent speed
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes and the food was ok
Notes: This is a good stop if crossing at Douglas or Nogales as it is a good distance from the crossing. There is a TelCel center about 1-2 blocks north of the hotel to sort out SIM cards, etc. It is also in the center of town so easy for walking and access to two grocery stores.

HOTEL – name unknown
Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico
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GPS: 28.48738,-106.91051
Cost: 700 pesos/night
Dates stayed: 4 October 2014
Pets allowed: Yes but required hotel permission. Sign in lobby says no pets.
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes – excellent speed
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: Loewens RV & camping was our intended destination but is no longer in business, hence the need to stay at this overpriced hotel. It was too late in the day to look for other options.

VILLA MEXICANA RV & RESORT – tent camp
Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico
http://www.vmcoppercanyon.com

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GPS: 27.74159,-107.63618
Cost: 200 pesos/night/per tent
Dates stayed: 5 and 12 October 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: unknown but outlets at reception/lobby area
Internet: Yes but weak at campsite
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: We camped in an abandoned RV park (it may have been the old KOA campground that is talked about in travel books). The hotel and cabanas as well as restaurant are still in full swing and they will still let folks camp. Any RV hookups that are still seen are not useable. There are clean bathrooms and hot water showers in the reception for use. And, there is a small store. The restaurant was often busy but we didn’t eat there. The staff were very friendly.

ENTRE AMIGOS – tent camp
Urique, Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico
http://home.comcast.net/~ramsay52/

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GPS: 27.21915,-107.91379
Cost: 125 pesos/night/per tent
Dates stayed: 6-11 October 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes in the communal kitchen
Internet: No
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Notes: We camped in their camping area but they also have two small houses to rent or hostel beds. There is a communal kitchen and lounge area. They provide any produce from the gardens which during our stay was lemons, limes, onions, and garlic. There is no hot water but if you shower in the afternoon there is some warm water that has been heated by the sun. There wasn’t any wifi when we were there but there is supposed to be internet in town (we never figured it out) but we were able to get a connection for some internet on our phone with TelCel. This was fantastic for tent camping as the property was extrememly beautiful and lush. RVs would not fit but small trucks would. It can be a little difficult to find but is about 2 km from the main plaza.

HOTEL JUANITA
Batopilas, Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico

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GPS: 27.02579, -107.73923
Cost: 350 pesos/night
Dates stayed: 13-15 October 2014
Pets allowed: Yes, Juanita loves dogs
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No and couldn’t get the right signal on our TelCel SIM to use the phone for email or anything other than as a phone.
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: Motorcycle friendly (drive through Juanita’s living room for secure parking) as well as pet friendly (Juanita loves dogs and has two of her own). The hotel is getting a little tired (could use some fresh paint) but is very clean and a great place to stay over looking the river. We stayed on the second floor where we spent time relaxing on the balcony that overlooks the river. Juanita is very welcoming.

HOTEL MELINA
Guachochi, Chihuahua, Mexico
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GPS: 26.82018,-107.07144
Cost: 490 pesos/night
Dates stayed: 16 October 2014
Pets allowed: No. We snuck Ducati in.
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes in the lobby and restaurant
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes and the food was good
Notes: This is a fine stop over when leaving Copper Canyon. It was clean and there is a grocery store a couple blocks away.

MOTEL EL CAMINO REAL
Hidalgo De Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico
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GPS: 26.92903,-105.64895
Cost: 700 pesos/night
Dates stayed: 17 October 2014
Pets allowed: No but we received an okay because we met a friend of the owner/manager.
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes – medium speed
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: This hotel is very clean and well kept. It also has a pool though we were not there long enough to take advantage of it.

HOTEL CASABLANCA
Durango, Durango, Mexico
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GPS: 24.02423,-104.67209
Cost: 700 pesos/night
Dates stayed: 18-19 October 2014
Pets allowed: No but we snuck Ducati in
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes – excellent speed
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: While this was not our first choice it did turn out well. This hotel is a little tired (our room needed fresh paint and the carpets needed deep cleaning) but it was clean and there was secure parking at the hotel which we could see from our window. The wifi was excellent and they had nice seating areas on each floor near the stairs. The location in Durango was fantastic. The staff are friendly and reception speaks English.

PARQUE NATURAL MEXIQUILLO – tent camp
La Ciudad, Durango, Mexico

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GPS: 23.71933,-105.67639
Cost: 100 pesos/night/per tent
Dates stayed: 20 October 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes but it was about a mile away from the campsite so effectively no
Shower: No
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: This is a natural forest area between Durango and Mazatlan in the Sierra Madre. There isn’t any wifi or potable water but there is rustic camping. There are cabanas to rent but better for a bigger group (they were 3-4 bedrooms). It was a beautiful spot for camping; we camped in lush grass next to a babbling brook and had some cows walk around. We camped in October and as soon as the sun went down it was quite chilly. Also, the bathrooms (flush toilets but no toilet seat) are far from the camping so we made our own area for morning abulutions. There is good hiking, waterfalls, and caves in the park but we only stayed the one night.

TRAILER PARK LAS JAIBAS – tent camp
Mazatlan, Mexico
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www.trailerparklasjaibas.com
GPS: 23.28629,-106.46954
Cost: 150 pesos/per night/per person
Dates stayed: 21-22 October 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Unknown, but likely outlets by reception building
Internet: Yes, but only at the tables (covered) next to reception building
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: This RV trailer park allows camping in the spots which do offer some with shade. It is very secure with a night guard that closes the main gates. It is a very friendly staff and some have great English. There is a pool and BBQ area. We later walked around the tourist area near the malecon in town and noted that there are some decent looking hotels with secure parking, internet, and aircon for 290 pesos/night which would have been less expensive then camping.

PARAISO MIRAMAR HOTEL & RV PARK – tent camp
San Blas
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http://hotelparaisomiramar.com
GPS: 21.44006,-105.19128
Cost: 100 pesos/night per person
Dates stayed: 23 October 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: unknown though there are likely some outlets at restaurant
Internet: unknown though they advertise “blazing fast” internet
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: This location has everything and is about 10km south of San Blas (no sand flies). By everything that includes: tent camping, RV spots (small rigs), cabanas, hotel, and other rooms. There are two pool areas and a small restaurant. It is on the ocean but the beach looked a bit rocky out front. It is a very beautiful spot and there are bathrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers.

PRIVATE HOME
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Cost: 0
Dates stayed: 24 October – 7 November 2014
Notes: This private home was donated to us for two weeks.

HOTEL PERICO
Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico
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www.hotelperico.com.mx/en/
GPS: 20.30797, -103.21606
Cost: 250 pesos per night
Dates stayed: 9-12 November 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Notes: This hotel was an excellent place to stay with incredible owners and atmosphere. There are many long-term residents at the hotel so it feels a bit like home. Everyone is very welcoming. Dogs are welcome and allowed to run around and play. There are one and two bedroom apartment like units and the price goes down the longer you stay.

HOTEL SAN MIGUEL
Penjamo, Guanajuato, Mexico
Hotel San Miguel
Hotel San Miguel
GPS: 20.43353, -101.71408
Cost: 390 pesos night
Dates stayed: 13 November 2014
Pets allowed: No
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: This hotel doesn’t look like much from the outside but it is one of the cleanest hotels we have stayed in Mexico. The prices are listed at the reception. There is drinking water available in the hallway (there is a pitcher in the room that you can fill along with glasses and instant coffee). There is secure parking.

MORRIL RV Park – tent camping
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
campsite Guanajuato
GPS: 21.024915, -101.252531
Cost: 100 pesos per person per night
Dates stayed: 14-15, November 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Unknown
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: Bathroom was clean but no TP. We were charged 100 pesos per person per night (it was supposed to be 70); we aren’t sure whether we were charged more because it was a holiday weekend, rates increasing, or because they “had” us. We arrived and no one was there and while we waited for about an hour we finally started to set up and then the owners arrived home. The location is fantastic for walking into the town and it is secure parking. It is essentially a grass car park and it does fill up at night (the primary business is clearly as neighborhood car park). As it is up on a hill the sounds of dogs barking echos across the canyons and goes on all night. If you are a sensitive sleeper you should use ear plugs.

SAN MIGUEL RV PARK – tent camping
San Miguel de Allende, Guanjuato, Mexico
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www.sanmigueltennis.com/san_miguel_campground.html
GPS: 20.90698, -100.74915
Cost: 280 pesos per night
Dates stayed: 16-21 November 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes, very fast
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: This is an RV park/tennis club in the center of town. The primary business is the tennis club and there are many long-term stay in the RV park. It is small with only 12 spots. We had spot 6 which was excellent for tent camping because it included a covered area, table/chairs, and a counter top that we were able to set up as a kitchen. Downside is there are many feral cats that some of the RV people are feeding and then took it upon themselves to pee on our stuff. The wifi is excellent and the owner speaks English. We emailed with them prior to arriving and he had reserved the spot 6 for us because it is the best one for tent camping.

PARADOR AZTECA HOTEL
Juriquilla (outside of Santiago de Queretaro), Queretaro, Mexico
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GPS: 20.69730, -100.43564
Cost: 500 pesos per night
Dates stayed: 22 November 2014
Pets allowed: No
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes, in the lobby only
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: We found this on iOverlander and it has changed its name a few times (the sign, towels, and things all had different names). It was clean and there did appear to still be camping. We stayed in a hotel room and snuck in the dog. We needed to fix one of our motorcycles that had broken down and opted not to camp.

HOTEL SAN ANTONIA
Calpulalpan, Tlaxcala, Mexico
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GPS: 19.590835, -98.559620
Cost: 150 pesos per night
Dates stayed: 23 November 2014
Pets allowed: No
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: This is a motel that you can pull your vehicle into and pull a curtain for a garage with the room above that. These can be “love motels” but are also the cheapest accommodation in most towns. The carpet was very dirty but the bathroom was very clean (there were clean towels as well). There was not a toilet seat on the toilet. There was no internet. We used our own sleeping bags and pillows. There was a TV with an English movie station. The parking is secure.

SUITES SAN JUAN
Cholula, Puebla, Mexico
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www.suitessanjuan.com
GPS: 19.062586, -98.310219
Cost: 350 pesos per night
Dates stayed: 24 November 2014
Pets allowed: No
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes, in lobby only
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes, breakfast
Notes: This hotel is in the center of Cholula so perfect for walking to the pyramid and town square. It had secure parking. The room was extremely large and it was clean. There was also a TV with English movie channels. We snuck the dog into the hotel.

OVERLANDER OASIS – tent camping
Santa Maria el Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico

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www.overlanderoasis.com
GPS: 17.044730, -96.640080
Cost: 150 pesos per night (as we were there over a week the price dropped)
Dates stayed: 25 November – 2 December 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes and very fast
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: This has been our favorite campground. The owners, Calvin and Leanne, are absolutely incredible and make you feel like family. They have lots of advice and can be helpful in so many ways. The wifi is really fast (no problem for Skype) and it is very secure. It is recommended to email overlanderoasis@gmail.com your intended arrival as they do get full. There is room for about 7 campers total.

CABANAS LA HABANA – tent camping and cabana
Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico
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GPS: 15.663272, -96.516525
Cost: 70 peso night for tent camping, 100 pesos for night for camping with electricity (small rigs), and 150 peso per night for the cabanas
Dates stayed: 3-11 December 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Cold but due to the sun the water is always warm
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: This is a very mellow beach spot. The accommodation whether tent or cabana is rustic but the bathrooms are kept very clean throughout the day and the internet was good speed. We camped one night and then moved into a cabana. People walk by throughout the day selling types of food (pastries, tamales, etc).

HOTEL TEHUANTEPEC
Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
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GPS: 16.339753, -95.223824
Cost: 200 pesos/night/double for economical room (cold water, ceiling fan, and small), 250 pesos/night/double includes TV, for 450 pesos/night/double (hot water, air conditioning, large with two beds, TV)
Dates stayed: 12 December 2014
Pets allowed: Unknown but owners do have two small dogs
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: The location is very convenient as a quick stop heading east to Chiapas. Very secure parking for motorcycles as you drive through main doors and park in front of the room. There is a large interior courtyard. We snuck in Ducati though there are two resident Chihuahuas and they might have allowed dogs but we didn’t want to risk it. A quick walk west gets you to the bus station where there are many small restaurants and shops.

RANCHO SAN NICOLAS – tent camping
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
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www.campingsannicolas.com.mx/en/
GPS: 16.734075, -92.621733
Cost: 80 pesos per person and 20 pesos per dog per night. They also have rooms with no bathrooms for rent (90 pesos/night/person) as well as cabanas at various rates.
Dates stayed: 13-15 December 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes – slow
Kitchen: Yes there is an area to cook and clean
Restaurant: No
Notes: The bathrooms are really large and clean. Very secure for vehicles. There is both an outside and an inside common areas for use that include fireplaces and there is available wood. It is an easy 15-minute walk into the center of town but feels as if you are in the woods.

TONINA KAYAB – tent camping
Tonina, Chiapas, Mexico
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GPS: 16.898050, -92.002630
Cost: 100 pesos/night for tent camping. They also have small cabanas with bathrooms for rent.
Dates stayed: 16 December 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Cold
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: A VERY rustic setting for tent camping with cow dung and scary bathrooms to boot. a five minute walk to the Tonina ruins. The owners were very friendly and we would camp there again.

MAYA BELL CAMPGROUND – tent camping
Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
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www.mayabell.com.mx
GPS: 17.487519, -92.038558
Cost: 70 pesos per night per person for motorcycle camping (it is more for trucks/campers. We think they assume we don’t plug into the electrical outlet). They also have rooms for rent.
Dates stayed: 17-18 December 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No, but TelCel phone had 3G majority of our stay
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: This is very close to the Palenque ruins (it is the closes you can stay). There are two entrances to the ruins once is about 1k walk and the other about 3k. The bathrooms are very large and clean. There is a pool and large grounds. There is live music in the restaurant/bar every night that can be a bit loud and the howler monkeys make a lot of noise.

RESTAURANT MAYA CAMPESTRE– tent camping
Silvituc, Campeche, Mexico
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GPS: 18.64259, -90.29443
Cost: Free but we ate in the restaurant
Dates stayed: 19 December 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Toilets available but had to add water into toilet tank from bucket in order to flush
Shower: No
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: We camped in the back of the restaurant next to the lake and it was beautiful. We stopped and asked if we could camp because we mis-understood the Spanish language on the sign. They do not actually offer camping but when we asked they said yes and they did not charge us. But, we did eat our dinner in the restaurant even though we had planned on cooking that evening. The owners were very friendly and it worked out well. The restaurant is open air so there is always access to the bathrooms which should be running water but actually the water was not working. To flush the toilet you had to put water from a bucket into the back of the tank.

We are unsure if our camping is a one time deal or if they will take campers in the future. Very friendly so it is worth an ask.

HOTEL CALAKMUL
Xpuhil, Campeche, Mexico
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GPS: 18.50909, -89.40619
Cost: 450 pesos per night, double room
Dates stayed: 20-21 December 2014
Pets allowed: Unknown – we snuck in Ducati
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes – average speed
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: This was a nice hotel in the small town of Xpuhil and made a great base for going to the ruins at Becan and also is walking distance to the ruins at Xpuhil. The hot water in the shower was endless and good pressure. The room was small but very clean.

VILLAS ECOTUCAN – tent camping
Lake Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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www.ecotucan.com/en/
GPS: 18.732499, -88.353145
Cost: 50 pesos per night for camping and 50 pesos per person per day for breakfast (amazingly tasty) so effectively 75 pesos per person per day.
Dates stayed: 22-26 December 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes in dining area
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: This location is primarily set up for cabanas and not tent camping any longer but they will accept tent camping if you email ahead of time. The owners are wonderful and there is a great breakfast served every day. We were able to set up our tent next to the lake and near to the dock which was lovely. The toilets were available in the restaurant area and there was a shower available to use.

YAX HA RESORT – tent camping
Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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www.yaxharesort.com
GPS: 18.561503, -88.249514
Cost: 200 pesos per night
Dates stayed: 27-29 December 2014
Pets allowed: Yes
Water & bathroom: Yes
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: This was a great place to prepare for crossing into Belize. Due to a nice wind there were no mosquitos and we were cool at night. There is lots of green grass and open spaces so plenty of room to spread out. The shrimp ceviche in the restaurant was good.

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