At Puerto Pizarro, near the Ecuadorian border, Peruâ€™s desert coast frays into lush mangrove swamps. From this port, you can catch a boat down the shaded canals, visiting several islands. Isla de los PÃ¡jaros teems with nesting pelicans and frigate birds. The frigate malesâ€™ bright red throat sacks splash the dense forest with color. On Isla Hueso de Ballena and Isla Amor, you can stop for lunch and a swim in the warm waters. The tour ends with a visit to a crocodile nursery, where the native species of croc is being bred, bringing it back from near-extinction.
11 kilometers/6.7 miles north of Tumbes
In Tumbes, catch a Puerto Pizarro-bound minibus from Avenida Mariscal Castilla (block 6-5) and Calle Juan Francisco Feijao ($0.70). Once arriving in Puerto Pizarro, go down to the docks and negotiate for a tour ($5.50-25, depending on the number of passengers on board), or contact Manglaris Tours (Av. Miguel Grau, near bus stop. Tel: 543-047, Cel: 972-634-241).
Mangrove tour: $5.50-25 per person; crocodile farm: adults $1.50, students $0.70, children under 12 years and adults over 60 years: free.
Relative price: Mid-Range
Open Hours from:Daily 9 a.m.
Open Hours to:Daily 5 p.m.
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring:
Peruvian nuevo sol
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