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Tumbes (Peru)

Practical information on Tumbes

  • Relaxation
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Park and garden
  • River
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
9 hours by bus from Chiclayo
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Tumbes

Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

A border city with Ecuador, Tumbes is perfectly situated by the sea which confers upon it some magnificent beaches.

My suggestion:
The seafood there will have you licking your fingers! I suggest that you try the delicious ceviche during your stay in Tumbes, as it is a Peruvian speciality, but also a local one, with the city being by the sea.
My review

On the Pacific coast, right in the north of Peru, Tumbes is situated on the Ecuadorian border. The city enjoys a hot climate the year round and white, sandy beaches - who could ask for more than that?

I didn't stay there long, as my objective was to travel to Ecuador, but I was able to enjoy some superb beaches. It is the perfect destination if you want to go and enjoy the seaside tourism, and practise water sports such as surfing.

Peru is full of natural treasures and the Tumbes Mangals National Sanctuary is one of them. Several kilometres further away, the Tumbes national reserve is another little paradise, but unfortunately not many people know about it. It is on my list of things to see during my next visit to Peru.

Eva Martin Seasoned Traveller
181 written opinions

A town on the northern coast of Peru, near to the border with Ecuador.

My suggestion:
If you are planning to stay in the area, choose instead to stay at Zooritos, still a quiet little fishing village for now but about to become a leading seaside resort.
My review

Tumbes isn't the most interesting town that you will discover during your trip to Peru. It also has a poor reputation, as do many frontier towns. Nevertheless you will notice if you go there that this supposed insecurity isn't at all evident.

A little square in the centre is quite sweet.. and then it seems to me that we've seen everything of interest. By contrast, a lovely spot not to be missed about 9 miles away (at Puerto Pizarro to be exact) is "el Santuario Nacional Los Manglares de Tumbes", one of the largest mangrove swamps in the country (the other one being near Piura). The ecosystem is fantastic; birds, unusual plant life and even crocodiles... I loved the boat trip! You can get there from any of the coastal villages in the area, there are even excursions leaving from Mancora. In short, in all sincerity, nothing to report about this town, there's no point in staying here.

A little anecdote all the same; if ever you go over into Ecuador, don't panic, the border guards are really cool. It must be thanks to the holiday atmosphere!

Tours and travel ideas Tumbes

  • Off the beaten track
Off the tourist track Peru
Length 12 days Approx. $2,400
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