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Tumbes

This coastal military garrison (taking pictures strictly prohibited) is the northernmost town in Peru, a common transition point for travelers coming to or heading from Ecuador. Here is where tourists can get on buses such as CIFA and Orme├▒o and head further south to Trujillo, Huaraz, and Lima. However, Tumbes is not boring as a destination point itself; it is a place from which three different ecosystems can be accessed: the Natural Sanctuary Los Manglares de Tumbes, the National Park Cerro de Amotape, and the tropical wood National Forest of Tumbes. Boat tours from Puerto Pizarro offer easy access to the mangroves.

The very pleasant beaches, particularly Caleta la Cruz (16 km/10 mi south), and Zorritos (27 km/16.8 mi south), are not only great swims, but are also home to 200 species of exotic birds, including species listed as endangered. Local fisherman will also rent out their boats. In the city itself, near its Plaza de Armas, a library hosts some ancient pottery discovered on the site. In the same area, there are some historical 19th-century homes.

(Population: 80,000, Altitude: 7 m/23 ft, Phone Code: 072)

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Other places nearby Tumbes: Máncora, Huanchaco, Catacaos, Huancabamba, Trujillo, Los Órganos, Zaña, Lambayeque, Zorritos and Caral.







23 Apr 2012

Top Places to Stay in Tumbes

Hostal Florian

This hostel, two blocks from Tumbes\' Plaza de Armas, offers private rooms, hot and cold water, and television at reasonable rates. Prices are consistent all year round. There is no breakfast, but ...
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Hotel Costa del Sol

A three-star luxury hotel at Plaza Bolognesi in the heart of Tumbes. The Hotel Costa del Sol has the reputation of being the best accommodations in town, complete with 56 rooms with cable TV, ...
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Hospedaje Los Vi├▒edos

Two blocks from TumbesÔÇÖ Plaza de Armas, Hospedaje Los Vi├▒edos is a resting stop that promises the four most important things for the weary budget traveler: inexpensive prices, cleanliness, comfort ...
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Things to do in Tumbes

Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary

The Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary, a half hour north of Tumbes, gives travelers access to 200 species of birds, rare mammals (such as the crab-eating raccoon and the neo-tropical otter) and ...
National Park
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Tumbes National Forest

Tumbes National Forest, which is 75,000 hectares (185,329 ac) wide, protects both flora and fauna within its dry tropical environment, including the mantled howler monkey, the jaguar and the ...
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Tumbes, Peru

Puerto Pizarro

144242At Puerto Pizarro, near the Ecuadorian border, PeruÔÇÖs desert coast frays into lush mangrove swamps. From this port, you can catch a boat down the shaded canals, visiting several islands. Isla de ...
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Top Places in Tumbes

Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary

The Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary, a half hour north of Tumbes, gives travelers access to 200 species of birds, rare mammals (such as the crab-eating raccoon and the neo-tropical otter) and ...
National Park
Tumbes, Peru

Tumbes National Forest

Tumbes National Forest, which is 75,000 hectares (185,329 ac) wide, protects both flora and fauna within its dry tropical environment, including the mantled howler monkey, the jaguar and the ...
National Park, Activity Info.
Tumbes, Peru
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