Often called the gateway to the Cordellia Blanca or the White Mountains in English, Huaraz is the trekking capital of Peru.
Crossing the land border | Ecuador to Peru
Land border crossings are always a worry especially post covid as things seem to change by the day. This one from Ecuador to Peru couldn’t really be simpler. We found the actually process of the crossing stress free and although, quite time consuming, was conducted with a great deal of professionalism.
Where to cross the border from Ecuador to Peru?
There are three land border crossing points from Ecuador to Peru. La Balsa, which I believe is a complicated crossing which involves an adventurous journey through a jungle pass. La Tina which we have been told is a quite easy crossing with a simple immigration process however if you’re travelling from the Cuenca area, this route, requires multiple bus journeys that can take up to two days to complete.
We will concentrate for this blog on the border crossing we used to get from Ecuador to Peru. The Aguas Verdes crossing between Huaquillas, Ecuador, and Tumbes, Peru is close to the coast and the most convenient method of crossing the border at the time of writing the post. This route is especially easy as there is a direct bus service between Guayaquil or Cuenca in Ecuador and the coastal town of Mancora in Peru and beyond.
How to get the bus from Ecuador to Peru?
Immigration and the border crossing from Ecuador to Peru
The bus pulls up firstly at the bio security office where you must prove that you have the correct covid passes to get into the country. At the time of writing, you required two jabs to get into Peru. After completion of the required proof process you were issued with a stamped ticket to indicate to the border control that you were allowed to proceed.
We then got back on the bus and were ferried round to the immigration office although those at the back of the queue were left behind and had to walk over. Both the Ecuadorian and the Peruvian immigration are in the same building you queue to get the stamp out at one desk and then move over to the other to get the stamp in. Basically that is it. Once everyone has been through the immigration process the bus continues on its way. The whole process took about two hours to get everyone through and back on the bus.
What to do in the beach resort of Mancora?
There were a lot of people there to learn to surf, we didn’t have time to take part but it looked really good conditions for the beginners with good gentle breaks. One of the most popular day tours is to take one of the many boats out to watch for whales. Lynne had been looking forward to this for a good few weeks and wasn’t disappointed. Between July and September the whales migrate down the coast from the north to breed and give birth in the shallow waters. If you’re have keen eyesight and your lucky you can actually see them from the beach although they are very distant.
We stayed in Mancora for three nights mainly because we didn’t realise the bus went further. We stayed at Eco lodge Mancora which was quite pleasant with a great breakfast although we thought it was slightly overpriced for what you got. The room was good and it was in a quiet part of town down a dusty track away from the noise of the road but still quite close to the beach.
Booking resources for your stay in Mancora
Tours & Tickets
You can book your visits as you go at the entrance to your chosen attraction or site. Or you could use the following links to book in advance or just to find out what your choices are in the area. GetYourGuide and Tiqets are our go to choices you could try Viator to see how they compare.
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The Santa Cruz trek is one of the best multi day treks in Peru if not the world. With stunning views that take your breath away.