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Old 31 Jul 2005
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Central and S. America: camping or Hotel?

Hi Everyone,
We are two Brazilian friends, riding R1200 GS from Fort Lauderdale to Ushuaia and Rio de Janeiro.
Question: Is it worth taking tent, sleepings bags etc to camp, or there are plenty of hotels along the roads at reasonable prices that makes camping unnecessary?

Thanks for the help
Homero
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HI
I DID LIMA-RIO TWO TIMES AND I RUN LIMA-NY-LIMA ONCE , I COULD TELL YOU IS NOT NECESARY CAMPING EQUIPMENT IN SOUTH AMERICA, EVEN MORE COULD BE RISKY. YOU COULD FIND HOTELS SINCE 10 US. YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE COMUNITY PEOPLE FROM HORIZONS UNLIMITED IN EACH MAYOR CITY.
HAVE A NICE AND SAFETY TRIP AND WHEN YOU PASS BY LIMA LET ME KHOW TO INVITE YOU A BEER AND A PISCO SOUR.
JORGE LIRA


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Hi Everyone,
We are two Brazilian friends, riding R1200 GS from Fort Lauderdale to Ushuaia and Rio de Janeiro.
Question: Is it worth taking tent, sleepings bags etc to camp, or there are plenty of hotels along the roads at reasonable prices that makes camping unnecessary?

Thanks for the help
Homero
www.vamumansu.blogspot.com

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I drove a van from canada to Panama loaded with camping equipment. We stayed in hotels or motels from mexico on. this was 4 of us.

Leave the camping gear home.

Accomadations are plenty and cheap if you are happy with basic amenities.

Have a great trip.

Rick
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Hi Riq and Jorge,
I am the type of guy that if 3 people say I dranked too much, it is time to go home. So far, two said do not camping. My friend from Rio say we should camp in the vale de la luna , where it is supposed to have the clearest sky from any part of the world. Others tell us we should camp in the Salar de Yiuni where it is imperative not to miss it. Any third person agrees with Riq and Jorge?
Thanks for the imput
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Hi, we are currently in Peru, coming from the US: We had a tent and it was worth it. In Mexico u can camp pretty often, esp. in Chiapas and Yucatan. In Guatemala there are some campgrounds out of the big cities in nice places, f.i. if u want to visit Tikal, all hotels are in Flores or Remate, costing some money, but there is a campground right at the ruins, so u can try to get in at night or in the early morning without tourist. In all of Central America we often camped in Hotel Gardens, which means, u have shower, pool, etc. for 3 to 5 Dollar and everybody else pays 25 Dollar for the room. IN SA u can camp near volcanoes and National Parks and do not have to pay expensive refugios. Check under

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Hallo Martin
Thanks for the tips and the link to your site. Nice pictures. I will decide this week if taking the camping equipment or not. It is very tempting...

Gute reise ( I used to live in Trebur, near Russelsheim, Mainz etc.
Homero

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Homero,
We've been sleeping in Hotels, Motels and even a cowshed one night, all the way down from California. (In Antigua, Guatemala right now). I wouldn't like to carry camping gear all the way, just for the odd night out, it should be easy enough just to pick up some basic stuff somewhere when you need it.
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