Norht Peru routes?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 1, 2013 5:19 AM Last Post By: Fieldgate
Jul 30, 2013 6:53 PM
Norht Peru routes?Hi,
I'm trying to plan a road trip from Lima going north to check out some of the beaches. I'm still trying to work out durantion for the trip and whether I want to end in Mancora or go to Ecuador up to Montanita.
So here are my questions:
1. What are the most recomended towns/beaches to check out in north peru? Looking mostly for nice scenery and great food
2. What would be the challenges to trying to drive through the ecuatorian border and up to montanitas? would you recommend going by bus instead? would it be better to maybe fly to Piura for ex. and bus it from there north?
3. What are the beaches/cities to visit on the south of ecuador?
4. how far in advance should i book hostels in the popular areas like mancora, punta sal, montanita?
5. For a 10 day to 2 week trip how many stops would you recommend? I'm thinking of 3-4 to have plenty of time beach bumming.
I did a trip to the south of Peru for last new years, going to Cusco, puno, la paz, and uyuni, had a blast and i'm looking forward to do the north now.
Jul 30, 2013 8:23 PM
1North Peru is indeed a fantastic region - but I wouldn't count the beaches! The coastal strip is largely desert with a busy highway running through it - and much of the area is desolate and rubbish-strewn. Colombia's Caribbean coast it is not.
What time of year are you thinking of going? The weather along the coast is dreary and pretty grim during the northern summer months of May-August...
Now, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Chachapoyas and their spectacular ruins...that's another subject!
Jul 31, 2013 6:47 AM
I did enjoy Mancora, and have a few T-shirts to prove it ;O) yet although the crowds in Mancora are good, better beaches are in Ecuador.
I did enjoy 2 weeks at Chimbote, and took the time to fix my American car there, which had been through some road upheavals. No American parts there, no American cars at all. In Peru most cars are Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Yet, those mechanics know how to improvise. A lot of night clubs in Chimbote, and fishing boats, but no beach, just rocks.
The beach in Mancora is not the greatest; and erosion has caused major damage to the buildings at the shore. But the restaurants -and shopping in general- is great in that town. I stayed in a hotel right there on the beach, had parking inside for my car. It was great. $20 per day.
The coast of Ecuador has large sandy beaches. Montañita, Canoa, even Peñas. Montañita is fully developed –tourism wise- yet kind of too crowded. A lot of surfing, national championships, plus crowds who come to mingle. Canoa is still developing, and for that reason more relaxed and cheap. In Ecuador you fill the tank of your car with only $20. I loved that.
If you go to Ecuador you should visit Cuenca and Guayaquil. No beach, but –like Arequipa en Perú- a lot of history. Do not forget Bahia, nice old town.
Jul 31, 2013 10:00 AM
Aug 1, 2013 4:56 AM
4Peruvian northern beaches are far from my idea of what a beach is. Maybe, that's because I grew up close to nice sandy beaches. The beach in Mancora has grey sand with scattered litter, and the infrastructure in the area is poor. It's not the European or Brazilian style beach culture.
Anywyay, when looking first at the title of the topic I thought OP had different things in mind. I'm thinking of places like Cajamarca, Chachapoyas, but those are far from the sea. Much more to see and do there than in Mancora or Piura.
To pass through Ecuadorian border the easiest way is a direct bus from any place along the coast. I did that trip with Ormeño (in opposite direction). Another bus company does that route is Cruz del Sur.
To get to beaches in Ecuador you'll need to travel to Esmeraldas, and take local busses from there. I don't think you'll have time for that if your trip is 10 days or two weeks only.
I haven't heard of anything good in the south of the country.
Generally, there're lots of interesting places both in northern Peru and Ecuador, but they're not at the coast (and out of range for beach bums).
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