Today I received exciting news of a new camp option in the Oaxaca area: Overlander Oasis is located in pretty Santa María Del Tule, about ten minutes east of Oaxaca City on Highway 190. Unfortunately, I did not get word of this place while we were in Oaxaca, so I was not able to check it out. But it looks nice. The small park is run by a Canadian couple and features 3-4 camp spots for vehicles, as well as a couple of tent spots and a rental casita, which can sleep up to five people (with one on a cot) and rents for the very reasonable price of 500 pesos a night, with cheaper weekly rates.
Camping rates are 200 pesos a night, with cheaper weekly rates. The owners recommend booking in advance because of the limited space. When I asked if they would charge more for a vehicle with more than two people, they replied, “We are just starting out so everything, including our rates, is flexible and subject to change. We’ve called our space ‘Overlander Oasis’ specifically to attract global travelers (usually referred to as “overlanders”) driving small- to medium-sized vehicles, which typically would only accommodate a couple, which is why we based our prices on double occupancy. So unless there were a complete mariachi band crammed into a Westie, running amok and enjoying endless hot showers, we would likely only charge the standard fee for each vehicle.”
Having recently traveled across Mexico by van with three people, I was happy to hear this. The extra 50 pesos most campgrounds charge for a third person can vault a camp spot into the hotel price range. But unfortunately it sounds like another argument against my tentative plan to go on that road trip with the mariachis…
As for their amenities, the owners post the following on their website: “Having driven overland through Mexico ourselves, we know what you need and expect: secure parking for your vehicle and belongings, bathroom facilities with hot shower and a real toilet seat!, free WiFi, hookups for power water and sewer. Nearby are restaurants, stores, laundry service, drugstores, handcrafts…you need it, just ask. Your dogs are welcome, but we ask that you keep them on-leash because we have resident cats.”
If you visit Overlander Oasis, please report back. We’d love to hear about your experience.