(6 meters) above sea level


Map of Tumbes


Beaches and mangroves

Tumbes has a beautiful coastline that consists of a variety of ecosystems, such as estuaries and mangrove swamps, the Pacific tropical rainforest (Tumbes National Reserve) and the dry, equatorial forest (Amotape Hills National Park). Tumbes is the perfect setting for aquatic sports or simply relaxing. The white sands of Punta Sal, the serene tranquility of Caleta Grau and La Cruz, Zorritos Beach, the American crocodile breeding center in Puerto Pizarro and the famous “ceviche de conchas negras” (a seafood dish with clams) are all part of the identity of a people who live close to the ocean.

Location: Located on the coast, in the north-west of Peru, it shares a border with Ecuador and consists of large plains, gentle hills, mountainous escarpments and other ecosystems.

Size: 4,669 km2 (1,803 sq. miles).

Routes & length of stay

3 Days

length of stay)

  • 1 day: Tumbes: Puerto Pizarro and the Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary.
  • 2 days: Tumbes: Zorritos, Punta Sal, Máncora and Cabo Blanco.

Recommended for Piura and Tumbes


  • Handicraft collectors, who will find decorative pottery in Chulucanas and in Catacaos, as well as hats and silver and gold filigree.
  • Nature enthusiasts, who, upon visiting the Cerros de Amotape National Park, the Tumbes National Reserve and the Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary, will discover forests within very different ecosystems and abundant wildlife.
  • Bird watchers, who will have a day to remember in Puerto Pizarro and El Angolo.
  • Water sports lovers, who enjoy surfing (Cabo Blanco, Órganos, and Máncora), sport fishing, diving (Punta Sal and Máncora) and rafting (in the Tumbes River).
  • People in search of sun, sand, and sea, who will find this in Máncora, Colán, Punta Sal and Zorritos.

What to buy?


Many different types of handicrafts are made in Piura. For instance, in Catacaos, artisans work in silver and gold, especially filigree, while those in Chulucanas (in the town of La Encantada) create eye catching pottery, while in Santo Domingo, it is about straw hats. If you go to Huancabamba, flower arrangements that incorporate sea shells are what you will find as well as traditional back-strap weavers who specialize in saddlebags, shawls and ponchos. Craftsmen in Tumbes are known for their wood carvings and works using marine products.

What to eat?


Tumbes is famous for its fresh cebiche de conchas negras (an intensely seasoned dish of scallops, marinated in key lime juice, spicy chili peppers, salt and onions, served with boiled sweet potato and corn), its caldo de bola (a dish featuring bananas that are mashed and formed into a ball, then filled with beef and fried xxx) and its majarisco (green bananas, mashed and fried, accompanied by all sorts of seafood).

There are also many different styles of cebiches in Piura. You can use grouper or mackerel or any other type of freshly caught fish, but essential ingredients are limes from Chulucanas and sarandaja beans. Piura is also the land of the seco de chabelo (a combination of a strong flavored beef jerky with mashed, seasoned and fried banana) and the sudado de cachema (a strong soup made with weakfish and served with large chunks of onions and tomatoes). As you patiently wait for these dishes, fried yuca (cassava) and chifles (fried banana chips) are your hors d’oeuvres. And for dessert, try the sweet natilla (a custard) and to a drink, a cold beer or chicha de jora (corn beer). There are fine restaurants in the cities of Tumbes and Piura as well as in Catacaos and the beaches of Órganos, Máncora and Punta Sal.

Typical dishes Tumbes

  • Fish Chilcano: Is a broth is a very representative of Peru’s north coast broth consumed in Tumbes and Piura, is usually prepared with pretty fish head, seaweed and pretty lemon. However, the preparation of this dish has been changing over the years. It is consumed hot and has given the large amount of protein and phosphorus energetic properties. To prepare fish used as ingredients, potatoes, lemons, garlic, red pepper and onion. He served with parsley to taste.
  • The tumbesino majarisco: The tumbesino majarisco is a meal that represents the department of Tumbes. It is a delicious dish that not to be missed if you come to the region. It is a dish made from fried banana served with a sauce of shellfish from the northern region. Bring a variety of seafood as black shells and fan, octopus, squid, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, green bananas, onion, garlic, red pepper sauce, yellow pepper, a cup of chilcano fish head, tomato, coriander, salt and pepper. It comes with weed leaves, shells and salt range open court.
  • Rice with seafood: Rice with seafood is one of the most popular seafood dishes in Peru and most consume together. It is made with various types of seafood such as octopus, shells, squid, prawns, mussels, clams, shrimp or conch. Various types of panca peppers, yellow peppers, fish stock, annatto, cilantro, rice, onions and tomatoes are added. This dish is served with a Creole sauce with hot pepper onion, whose acidity and itching emphasizes even more the essence of the taste of rice with seafood.
Tumbes Attractions in the City
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Tumbes Attractions Beyond the City
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Tumbes Festivals
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