Accommodation & Camping in Peru

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In Peru we stayed at a couple of campsites but we mostly rough camped in the wilderness or in parking lots of ruins. We felt safe camping in Peru and greatly enjoyed it. Although we met enough people along the way, we didn’t stay with them, nor did we use Couchsurfing as we have in other countries.

Let’s take a closer look:

Camping in Peru

During our first 3 months in Peru we mostly traveled around Lake Titicaca and in the Cusco/Sacred Valley area, and finally did a run via Arequipa to the Chilean border to renew our visa.

Around Lake Titicaca we parked in the plaza of a village/town for the night and in Cusco is the basic but splendid Campsite of Quinta Lala where we met a lot of overlanders. To visit Machu Picchu we found a reliable place to park the Land Cruiser as well: Campsite Cola de Mono Ziplining in Santa Teresa.

We took the old road from Cusco to Arequipa (recommended) and enjoyed rough camps along the way.

Read More: Ziplining to Machu Picchu?

Sacred Valley

From Arequipa we drove to Lima, mostly along the coast. It offered a number of stunning campsites, most noticeably in Paracas National Park.

Read More: A Tumor, an Earthquake, and Lots of Desert

After Lima we returned to the mountains, hit a number of impressive dirt roads and rough camps, and ended up in Chavin, where we stayed in a restaurant’s garden for a bit.

Read More: Travel in Peru – Lima, Mountains, and Ruins 

The Cordillera Blanca was impressive to drive and offered good places to camp, but the weather was bad. We were happy to return to the sun, which we found at Huanchaco’s beach so camped there for quite a while. It’s a great place to chill out.

Read More: Peru’s Historical Past

Huanchaco.
Dirt roads around Huaraz.

GPS Waypoints of Campgrounds & Free Camping Sites in Peru

Let there be no misunderstanding: no, you don’t have to go to these places. No, these are not by definition the best spots. After having traveled in South America for so long we realize that it’s no problem here to find your own beautiful spots for camping. We decided to continue the page anyway, for travelers who would like some tips about camping spots which we enjoyed or found practical. Please note that this is always our personal experience.

You can also check out iOverlander, where you can see where other overlanders spent the night. And if you prefer staying at a paid accommodation, find one here.

Drinking Water from the Tap
Note that sometimes we write ‘drinking water from the tap’. This means we drank that water because locals told us it was safe and we didn’t get sick from it. Things change, including quality (and safety) of water, so always ask local people if the water is still safe to drink.

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Yunguyo: -16.244010, -69.092370
Chucuito: -15.888780, -69.885570
Sillustani: -15.724100, -70.150960
Cusco: -13.505610, -71.985170
Llachón: -15.722990, -69.784210
Santa Teresa: -13.141260, -72.609260
Santa Teresa, Baños Termales: -13.109140, -72.600700
Ollataytambo: -13.258590, -72.266110
Las Salinas of Maras: -13.303060, -72.152660
Pisaq, campsite: -13.422380, -71.837920
Mahuayam, parking lot: -13.605480, -71.229410
Paucartambo: -13.321850, -71.591740
Tres Cruces: -13.122370, -71.611930
Cock of the Rock Lodge, parking lot: -13.055270, -71.546540
Shintuya: -12.664110, -71.298740
Lares: -13.109850, -72.054770
Lares rough camp: -13.119580, -72.079610
Ollantaytambo, east of: -13.286730, -72.154240
Lago Huaypo: -13.410830, -72.140090
Rio Cahquimaya: -15.204660, -71.146970
Baños del Inca: -15.502520, -71.469060
Arequipa: -16.400330, -71.542340
Mejia Beach: -17.102480, -71.909030
Puerto Inca: -15.838620, -74.312540
Ciudad Perdida Ruins: -14.530860, -75.274370
Along the off-road from Ica into Paracas NP: -14.161080, -76.092460
Carhuas, in Paracas NP: -14.216410, -76.164210
Paracas Visitor Center: -13.868210, -76.273850
Club Germania in Lima: -12.130000, 0.000000
San Pedro de Casta: -11.759050, -76.596210
Huayllay: -10.984320, -76.344510
Kotosh: -9.928830, -76.280820
Conoc: -9.798690, -76.804500
Chavin: -9.599990, -77.177410
Monterrey: -9.469030, -77.536140
Chacas: -9.161800, -77.365990
Llanganuca: -9.094930, -77.698040
Chuquicarca: -8.655720, -78.234760
Huanchaco: -8.069990, -79.120950
Sipán: -6.799220, -79.600240
Tucume: -6.512610, -79.847910
Almendrac: -5.783430, -78.703470
San Ignacio: -5.140640, -78.987820
San Pablo Valera: -6.042250, -77.919430
Chachapoyas: -6.228570, -77.873810
Karija: -6.161710, -78.030810
Kuelap ruins: -6.426280, -77.926680
San Bartolo: -6.541650, -77.870330
Bambamarca: -6.656150, -78.538650
Cajamarca: -7.163160, -78.528810
Huanchaco: -8.074796, -79.118937
Lambayeque, Hotel Manita Helmita: -6.701980, -79.895660
Bayovar, rough camp: -5.835800, -81.002660
South of La Tortuga, rough camp: -5.330750, -81.043570
Mancora, parking lot at Hostel Kontiki: -4.108630, -81.055020
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Yunguyo
Yunguyo – la Plaza. Quiet place to spend the night (3844 mtrs, May '13). Read more here.
gps: -16.24401, -69.09237
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Chucuito
Chucuito – alongside Lake Titicaca. Scenic spot to rough camp (3830 mtrs, May '13). Read more here.
gps: -15.88878, -69.88557
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Sillustani
Sillustani – parking lot. No problem to get permission to spend the night here. The historical site is well worth a visit (3865 mtrs, May '13). Read more here.
gps: -15.72410, -70.15096
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Cusco
Cusco, Camping Quinta Lala. Right outside town, next to ruins of Sacsaywaman. Large field with hot shower, kitchen, barbecue, laundry and WIFI. Price: 10 soles pp + 10 soles for vehicle, WIFI 5 soles per day (3550 mtrs, Jun '13). Read more here.
gps:  -13.50561, -71.98517
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Llachón
Llachón – peninsula in Lake Titicaca. Quiet night on the plaza, next to the hostel run by Prima, who can organize a boat trip to the Uros people as well (3882 mtrs, Jun '13). Read more here.
gps: -15.72299, - 69.78421
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Santa Teresa
2 kms out of Santa Teresa, at the far west of Valle Sagrada lies Cola de Mono's Campsite amidst nature of forest-clad mountains and along a fast-flowing river. Great place to camp, fantastic place for ziplining with 7 cables (160 soles) and a place to leave your car for a visit to Machu Picchu (hike the 2-3hour trail to Agua Calientes from the nearby Hidroelectra or take the train from there) (1581 mtrs, Jun '13). Read more here.
gps: -13.14126, -72.60926
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Santa Teresa, Baños Termales
Santa Teresa, Baños Termales. For 5 soles you can soak for hours in warm baths some 2 kms outside Santa Teresa. Enough place to camp. Toilets and showers. Guard until 12pm and from 4am on (1600 mtrs, Jun '13).
gps: -13.10914, -72.60070
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Ollataytambo
Ollataytambo, parking lot ruins. Quiet place to spend the night, nothing special. On walking distance from train station where you can find El Albergue, a hostel that has an organic garden where you can buy vegetables. Worth a visit (2875 mtrs, Jun '13).
gps: -13.25859, -72.26611
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Las Salinas of Maras
Las Salinas of Maras. We parked across from the Salinas, near a storage building of salt. Quiet place to spend the night ((3075 mtrs, Jul 13).
gps: -13.30306, -72.15266
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Pisaq, campsite
Pisaq, Campsite El Molle. Just outside town, direction Pisaq ruins. Hostel with small field for 1 or 2 cars. Price 20-30 soles for 2 persons and vehicle (3008 mtrs, Jul '13).
gps: -13.42238, -71.83792
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10 thoughts on “Accommodation & Camping in Peru”

  1. Hello Karin and Coen!
    My boyfriend and I are hoping to follow your route along Lake Titicaca next week on our way to La Paz and are very excited to do some camping at Chucuito and Yunguyo, but with one main difference- we will have to hitch or take buses along the way. Do you have any advice for us?
    Emma-Jane and Alex 🙂

  2. Hi, compliments for the informations wrote on site, are many interesting.
    After making Namibia’s trip in camper (4X4), I’d like to do a similar trip in Perù.
    I’d like rent a 4×4 pick-up, with 2 beds and kitchen.

    Can you answer my questions?

    1) are simple to found the campsites (or similar structure), with shower and WC?
    2) Are campsites too much expensive?
    3) what is the status of the principal roads? (Lima-Pisco-Nasca-Arequipa-Puno-Cusco)?
    4) there are dangerous area? (theft, robbery)
    5) is simple to found, services areas with diesel, or shops for buy the food?
    6) Any other advice is good for me! 🙂

    (Sorry for my bad english)
    Thanks
    Alex

    • Alex, these are the campsites / camping spots we know. I’m sure there must be others. In Cusco we paid the equivalent of €10 / in Arequipa €15. But in many places you can rough camp or camp in a parking lot free of charge.
      Principal roads are asphalted and in good condition. Maybe there will be road work going on in the mountains so you may have to wait.
      We didn’t encounter dangerous places or situations. Whether theft, robbery occurs often is a personal situation that can happen for a lot of reasons. While being more alert in big cities – as in any big city on this continent – there is no reason for us to describe Peru as unsafe.
      Easy to find diesel, markets, and restaurants everywhere.

      A good place to get update information is on https://www.facebook.com/groups/panamtravelers/

      Hope that helps.

    • Hi Alex!
      If you deside to start your roadtrip, you are always welcome in Casa Lena, camping and Bed&Breakfast, near the panamericana in Curahuasi (gps:-13.54361,-72.68801)l.Check out our website: casalenaperu.com and don’t hesitate to e-mail us for all your questions consurning Peru! (casalenaperu@gmail.com) Greetings, Stefanie (Belgium) and Gilder (Peru)

  3. I just want to make sure. You are allowed to drive to all these spots without a permit? I want to hike, but I don’t want to spend $500-$1600 on a guide and food and hotels and permits. I want to do a little self guided trip with some friends.

    How much was it to rent a 4X4 vehicle?

    • Heya Alex, sure you can drive / hike to all these places. You do not need a guide. You do not need permits. We did not rent a vehicle, as we are driving our own for the last 14 years. You and your friends should be fine by foot, on a horse, bicycle, cheap car, whatever. Go explore and have fun!

  4. Hello, thanks for your blog!! planning my overland to South America. Do you have your camping places, and or routes in one kml file, all together?
    Would you mind to share?
    Did you go all the way down for South America, do you have similar info for Ecuator, Bolivia, Chile?

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