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This was quite a project. Issues to be considered? Price, logistics, and trying to do it without pulling an all nighter.
Flying direct was completely outrageous, and taking even the high-end express bus without stopping was a minimum of 24 hours. We originally thought we would break up the trip to Lima with several bus trips, stopping along the way to see what we could see, such as the ruins around Chiclayo.
The first leg was to Tumbes from Guayaquil on the world class express bus option. These are definitely more comfortable than the crowded local buses we have previously taken. It was a nice double-decker with huge seats, leg room, foot rests, AC, bathrooms, movies and a hot meal and beverage service half-way through the trip. The company is called Ormeno, and you can book your passage with them in Guayaquil at the international bus terminal. One thing we did notice . . . our guide book read as though all of the international entry and exit paperwork would be taken care of on the bus. It really (at least for our experience) is more of a situation where you are guided through the process by the bus staff. You will need to get off the bus each time, wait in line, get the forms, get the passport stamped, etc. However, you do still get across the border without too much difficulty.
Once in Tumbes, there isn’t much to see, although there is a pleasant central plaza area with a precious little folk-art style church, and some other public mosaic art pieces.
One of the art niches in the town of Tumbes.
The church in the main plaza. I thought this was just precious.