Pátzcuaro, Michoacán – 5*-campground

Mexico isn’t really the land for friends of free camping as we are. An exception is southern Baja California where we could stay cost-free on many public beaches. Otherwise we stand a bit uninviting at gas stations along the highway, on other parking lots or around plazas. Or we have to pay for a campground, which is not always quiet and cosy, and not clean at all. A noteworthy exception is Villa Pátzcuaro Hotel and RV Park in Pátzcuaro. The pretty town and the scenic lake are each only 20 to 30 minutes walk. The small facility rents out besides 24 lots with electricity, water, sewer and internet some hotel rooms as well. Since we are once more the only campers we have the choice for the parking areas, all on grass, some even with shadow. The swimming pool and the sanitary facilities are up-to-date and clean.

But it comes even better: In a neighbouring building a big common kitchen is situated with stove, refrigerator, sink and dining room for meetings. A second small adjacent building with large panorama windows is directly located next to our campsite with some rustic chairs, tables and sofas, and a fireplace with firewood. We are in 2100 m elevation, even in early summer the nights are cool and can stand a little fire. Immediately we make this room our office for the next days. Here we stay, since we have to make up so much work. I spontaneously forgive the camp ground owner who didn’t let herself be persuaded to concede a discount to me. She wants 180 Peso per night, with 10 % discount for a whole week. It’s worth the money anyway.

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