Anyone crossed the border in Tumbes?

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Anyone crossed the border in Tumbes?

Postby cajun jamie » Wed May 14, 2008 11:30 am

I´m heading up to Tumbes next week to cross the border and renew my visa. Has anyone crossed the border in Tumbes before? I need to know where to stay in Ecuador because I arrive late at night and they may not let us simply cross back over into Peru. I heard today Peru is going to start heavily enforcing border regulations.

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Postby naturegirl » Wed May 14, 2008 11:41 am

You might just stay the night in Ecuador. How's your resident visa going?
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Postby Arroz con Pollo » Wed May 14, 2008 11:45 am

The Chile crossing is way safer and easier. Ecuador is quasi banana republic at the border. If it's not too late head to Tacna then Arica. Arica has numerous hotel choices and is way safer and quieter than Ecuador border. If you get a taxi for about 90 soles each way the taxi driver knows his stuff and escorts you from line to line at the border.
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Postby cajun jamie » Wed May 14, 2008 11:48 am

Thanks for the heads up.

The tickets are bought, the plans are already made. Me and a buddy are leaving on a Friday, trying to do the visa stuff Friday night and then come back to Peru on Saturday and spend the rest of the weekend and Monday in Mancora.

Maybe if we are lucky they let us cross into Ecuador and come right back in.

So, my only option at the moment is planning what to do via Tumbes.

Thanks!

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Postby Arroz con Pollo » Wed May 14, 2008 11:58 am

I just meant that if the entire point of the trip is border crossing Tacna-Arica is easier. Traveling to new places is almost always a good thing.
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Postby cajun jamie » Wed May 14, 2008 2:18 pm

Arroz con Pollo wrote:I just meant that if the entire point of the trip is border crossing Tacna-Arica is easier. Traveling to new places is almost always a good thing.


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Postby KenBE » Wed May 14, 2008 4:34 pm

I have crossed the border with Ecuador. We got ripped of by two con men who claimed to be working for the cifa bus company and a corrupt cop. The border area is very dirty and unsafe.
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Postby cajun jamie » Wed May 14, 2008 4:45 pm

KenBE wrote:I have crossed the border with Ecuador. We got ripped of by two con men who claimed to be working for the cifa bus company and a corrupt cop. The border area is very dirty and unsafe.


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Postby Yuyis » Wed May 14, 2008 4:48 pm

Jamie, I also did my visa stuff in Ecuador, and we also stayed for a weekend. It's quite a hassle, so it's good not to rush and take your time.
We once went to Ecuador from Tumbes and found that to be a no-go. Tumbes es un hueco and we missed our bus, had to wait for hours to catch another one. From Tumbes, there ar no direct buses, so we first had to take a bus to Aguas Verdes, and from there take a mototaxi to the border, then cross the border on foot. Very annoying and arrived in Ecuador at 05:00am.
So the next time I had to go, we took a direct bus to Guayaquil from Piura (Cifa buses, drive like hell). We installed us there for the weekend and then travelled back to the town where the consulate is (don't remember the name right now). That's a 4 hour drive and quite comfortable.
One funny experience at the consulate (so be prepared):
We arrived on a Friday and were told in Lima that the visa would be done 'al toque'. So we expected to be there for only an hour or so. Then, the clerk told us: "For your visa to be issued, I have to call to Lima first (which wasn't true of course) and asked us to get him two phone cards in town. In the meantime, he'd get my visa ready to take with me. He said: "If I can't make the call to Lima, you only have the visa on Monday." So OK, better get him his phone cards than pay for two more nights in that boring town. When we gave him the cards (and he handed me my visa), I saw him put them in his drawer... full of phone cards! So what he does with them is a mystery to me. But for the rest, the visa hunting in itself is a quickie.
So good luck, Jamie, and while there, enjoy Ecuador. Eat good and cheap, and Guayaquil is a great city, FYI!
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Postby cajun jamie » Wed May 14, 2008 4:52 pm

Thanks Yuyi. I have been to Guayaquil, nice place. I might skip the visa then and then just go to Mancora.
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Postby naturegirl » Wed May 14, 2008 6:12 pm

Why not go to Macara? It's a sleepy little border town, but no hassles.

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