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Puerto Pizarro - Boating Tumbes - Peru

At Puerto Pizarro, near the Ecuadorian border, Peru’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 Pájaros teems with nesting pelicans and frigate birds. The frigate males’ 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

Tumbes, Peru


Getting There

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).

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Price Description:

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

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Peruvian nuevo sol

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