Tumbes Travel Guide

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  • Sun drying the tobacco leaves
    Sun drying the tobacco leaves
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    Pigs & El_Sueco to the right (an older...
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    by Prinsalsita Written Jan 16, 2005

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    You must try this drink
    Tienes que tomar esta bebida

    it is warm made of wheat, and various herbs
    It is good for your liver, gives you a lot of energy, prevents you from catching a cold, etc

    It is like drinking a warm energy drink
    and it is dirt cheap

    a glass is .50 centavos ( about 15 cents of a dollar)

    It is very healthy

    Favorite Dish: there are several variations of the emoliente drink.

    Emoliente means a boiled mixture of herbs.

    They also prepare it with alcoholic content, but I would not recomend it. I think it is too strong since they use the cheapest alcohol.
    jejeje

    Beach viagra? or a herbal drink
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Tumbes Transportation

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    by suzwa Updated Sep 7, 2010

    I was told by a lot of people (and by the Lonely Planet & Rough Guide) that this border is the worst in Central America, so I was nervous about going through it... but now I've done it twice, in 2 different ways, you can decide which way suits you best!

    1. in either direction, you can get a CIFA bus which stops at the immigration stations and waits for you to get back on before continuing. If you are nervous about travelling alone, this is a very good way of doing the crossing BUT... make sure you check that you will be taking the same bus all the way through, as some ask you to change buses at one of the border posts, which is a bit of a pain. Some buses ask you to change, some don't, and they charge the same, so ask first. It cost me 13 US dollars to go from Guayaquil (Ecuador) to Tumbes (Peru) direct (price August 2010)

    2. You can also use public transport rather than direct buses. If you are only going across the border to renew your visa, this is a good option (that's why I did it). I went from Mancora, via Tumbes, to Huaquillas and back in 6.5 hours, on my own (I'm a single blonde female, so expected problems) with no trouble whatsoever. I did it like this:
    *collectivo (minibus) from Mancora to Tumbes - 8 Soles (1 hour 45 - 2 hours 15)
    *collectivo from Tumbes to Aguas Verdes (Peru Immigration) - 1 to 5 soles (1 hour)
    * go through Peru immigration - this is very straightforward, just go to the desk
    *Mototaxi to the bridge (takes you through most Aguas Verdes) - 1.5 - 2 soles (10 minutes, max)
    *walk across the bridge - this if the official border between the 2 countries
    *yellow taxi to Ecuadorian immigration - $1.50 US (5-10 mins, on the return journey (Ecuador-Peru) don't be concerned by an 'off-road' route, it's an odd one-way system but is safe)
    *from here you can return by the same methods to Peru, or go on towards Ecuador by catching a bus from outside immigration.

    Easy!

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    by Prinsalsita Written Jan 16, 2005

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    This is the common transportation. It is the cheapest to go Around the Beach strip in Punta Sal or in Mancora.

    A moto taxi was about 25 soles during high season (a little less than a taxi)

    but

    mototaxis into and around Punta Sal and Mancora
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    by Prinsalsita Written Jan 16, 2005

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    It is a 18 hour bus ride
    leaves at 3:15pm (115-150 soles in new years time)
    and at 5pm (80-100 soles in high season)
    those are the direct buses

    or go via Trujillo (half way in between) I suggest this way , so you can travel at night and then spend a day surfing in Huanchaco (ck my huanchaco page)

    bus to trujillo leaves in the afternoon at
    6pm but it does not have aircondition
    40 soles in highseason

    1dollar = 3.20 on January and in Mancora

    the civa counter in Mancora
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Tumbes Tourist Traps

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    by cholley Written Oct 1, 2007

    We caught a mini bus out to Puerto Pizarro from our base in Tumbes. There's a lovely dock and not much else. Upon arrival, the local tour agency (a tiny kiosk in the city center) scooped us up with offers to see crocodiles and fishing and snorkeling. S./40 for use of a boat for the day with a driver and a guide seemed like a great deal. We payed a little extra for snorkeling gear hire. After motoring up the river a little, they dropped anchor, 'All set.' We could barely see down the anchor line more than an inch, the water was so cloudy. We asked them to take us to another spot with better (any) visibility. So we drove a little ways out into the ocean and dropped anchor again. Without getting in the water we could tell we wouldnt be able to see any better than in the river. Of course, the guide and driver had known the whole time that there was no visibility, but didn't care as long as we had payed.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't try to skin dive.

    Fun Alternatives: Fishing might be better, but we didn't ask about it since it was getting late in the day. There's the crocodile zoo with a bunch of sad captive crocodiles lying around. You're best bet is to go when the tide is high, since your visit can be cut short (or you'll be pushing the boat) if the river gets too low.

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    by cybergenic Updated Feb 1, 2005

    4 hours drive north from Piura is an ancient Inca pyramid site.
    I was drawn to them after seeing a picture of them in a travel book. I think the picture must have been either a virtual reconstruction or an artists impression. When we went there, we did not see much else except dry rubble hills of dirt and some nasty cactii. Unless you are an archeologist or have some kind of theological connection to this site then you will not enjoy it or find it at all interesting.
    We spent only 1 hour in this hot dry park.

    Unique Suggestions: Visit the small museum on the same premises.

    these are the Inca Pyramid ruins of Tumbes
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    by El_Sueco Written Jan 13, 2003

    Favorite thing: The fruits are in abundance in Tumbes.
    Don't miss the 'Caldo de bolas de Platano'.
    (Sopa with balls of platano/banana)

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    by El_Sueco Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: Going down south from Tumbes, there are miles on miles on miles with beautiful sand beaches.

    Fondest memory: We stopped, I changed to swimming trousers, and run immediately to the beach and out in the water (shocking my toe with a rock) trowing myself right on.
    I left with a bleeding toe, but it was worth it.
    Some 30 degrees in the water, I guess!

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