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The department of Tumbes is the smallest of Peru and also the northernmost. It is located near the border with Ecuador. Despite its size, it is home to extremely varied terrain which attracts equally varied tourists. The coast of the department is defined by white sand beaches such as Punta Sal and Zorritos. The protected areas of Cerros de Amotape National Park, Tumbes Reserved Zone and the Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary are all attracted to by tourists world wide. The Cerros de Amotape National Park is home to a variety of wildlife such as the Andean condor, the little spotted cat, the red deer, the peccary, the northern anteater, the spectacled bear, the grey deer, and the Guayaquil squirrel. The Mangroves are made up of aquatic forests home to birds such as black hawks, egrets, and other types of birds. The swamps also contain American crocodile farms a species which is nearing extinction. The department’s cuisine is exquisite and is created using local resources such as black scallops and crabs.

Tumbes Tourist Information

Beautiful beaches, wide open plains, rolling hills, and towering mountains make up the diverse terrain of the department of Tumbes where several eco-systems are located such as estuaries and mangroves, the dry equatorial forest (Cerros de Amotape National Park) and the Pacific tropical forest (Reserved Zone of Tumbes). More than 30% of the territory has been declared natural protected areas.
Cerros de Amotape National Park (91,300 hectares) is located on the Tumbes-Piura border and gathers together a great biological diversity. The wildlife is especially assorted with species like the Andean condor, the little spotted cat, the red deer, the peccary, the northern anteater, the spectacled bear, the gray deer, and the Guayaquil squirrel.
The Mangrove Sanctuary of Tumbes (2,072 masl) that is composed of extensive aquatic forests that create a one of a kind environment between the river and the sea is home to black hawks, egrets, and other birds.
Its closeness to the Equator makes the beaches of Tumbes ideal places for surfing, diving, fishing, or simply for the people searching for fun and sun in summer. Punta Sal is thought to be one of the best beaches in Peru because of its white sand and rich marine life. The Zorritos cove is famous for its tranquil water and wide variety of fish.

To the north of Tumbes, you come across Puerto Pizarro, well known for its islands and for its American crocodile farms, a species unique to Peru andone in danger of being extinct. This is also a city where you find large amounts of black scallops and crabs, the basis for an exquisite local cuisine.
Map of Tumbes
Map of Tumbes
Tumbes Photo Gallery
Tumbes Gallery pictures
Tumbes Accomodations

Tumbes - Peru Hotels directory

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Useful information
Capital:Tumbes (7 masl / 23 fasl)
Lowest point:5 masl / 16 fasl (Caleta La Cruz)
Highest point: 1650 masl / 5412 fasl (Cordillera de los Amotapes - San Jacinto)
All along the coast, there are wide beaches of white sands and warm waters from the tropical seas that reach a temperature of 25°C (77°F). The sun shines all year round, and the variety of activities available there have turned the zone into an extremely frequented and popular area. The average annual maximum temperature is 26°C (79°F) and the minimum of 19°C (66°F). However, when the El Niño phenomenon occurs, the weather can change drastically, causing more rain and higher temperatures, sometimes over 40°C (104°F). 
Access routes
Access routes
By land: Lima – Tumbes: 1270 km / 789 miles (18 hours by bus on the Pan-Americana Highway)
By air: Daily flights to Tumbes from Lima (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Distances from Tumbes
Zorritos(Province of Contralmirante Villar) 27 km (17 miles) / 25 minutes
Zarumilla(Province of Zarumilla) 23 km (14 miles) / 25 minutes     
Pedro Canga Rodríguez Airport
Kilometer marker 1276 of the Pan-American Highway North.
Telephone: (072) 52-5102
Overland Transport
Overland transport
There is no bus terminal but almost all the bus companies are found between the first and eleventh blocks of Avenida Tumbes.
Health Centers
health centers
-JAMO Support Hospital. Calle 24 de Julio 565 and Avenida Tumbes. Telephone: (072) 52-4775 / 52-2222. Attention: 24 hours
-Puerto Pizarro Health Center. Calle José Olaya. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
-Zorritos Medical Outpost. Prolongación Grau. Telephone: (072) 54-4158. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Local Police
police station
-Regional Headquarters of the National Police of Peru
Avenida Tumbes Norte. Telephone: (072) 52-5250. Attention: 24 hours
-San Jose Neighborhood Police Station
Intersection of Avenida Mayor Novoa and Calle Zarumilla. Telephone: (072) 52-2525. Attention: 24 hours
-El Tablazo Police Station
Calle Hilario Carrasco 515. Telephone: (072) 52-4823. Attention: 24 hours
Kraft market
craft market
- Jr. Mariscal Cáceres Cdra. 5.
- Jr. Tarapacá cdra. 8.
- Jr. Tacna cdra. 6.
- Jr. Sucre cdra. 3.
- Pasaje Mayer Cohen.
Postal Service
postal services
Calle San Martín 208. Telephone: (072) 52-3868 / 52-3866
Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Tourist Information
tourist information
-Regional Government of Tumbes
-Contact the service nationwide, 24 hours a day:
Telephone: (01) 574-8000. Email: click here
Company name Contact Web site / Email
Empresa de Transportes Cifa
(073) 30-5925
Empresa de Transportes El Dorado S.A.C
(044) 29-1778

Oltursa Empresa de Transportes Turísticos Olano S.A

Ormeño Expreso Internacional Ormeño S.A
(043) 49-4102
Cruz del Sur - Transportes Cruz del Sur S.A.C
(043) 32-1283
Tepsa Transportes El Pino S.A.C
(043) 35-0072
Civa Turismo Civa S.A.C
(041) 47-8048
Tumbes Cuisine
Typical dishes :
The typical Tumbes cuisine is famous for dishes based on sea bass, grouper, sole, swordfish, as well as mollusks and shellfish from the ocean and the mangroves such as black scallops, crabs, oysters, lobsters, and prawns. The dishes that must be tried are:
  • Cebiches de conchas: scallops with lime, onion, and aji limo (hot pepper).
  • Aji de langostinos: prawns in a bread crumb and aji amarillo (hot pepper) sauce.
  • Chupe de cangrejo: crab chowder.
  • Majarisco: mashed green bananas with a shellfish sauce.
  • Sango de plátano verde: made from black scallops and green bananas.
  • Caldo de bolas: stuffed banana balls

Some typical desserts are:

    • Antecoco: coconut dessert.
    • Antepapaya: paw-paw dessert.
    • Dulce de grosella: gooseberry dessert.
    • Mazamorra: purple corn pudding
The chinguirito is a typical drink made from coconut juice
Tumbes cuisine
Sea food - Cebiche
Tumbes Tourism Info
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