Dangers & Annoyances

The border crossing has a bad reputation, but relatively new infrastructure and immigration offices have improved the situation somewhat.

Tumbes is not the safest city – don't walk around with your phone in your hand, and ask hotels and restaurants to organize a taxi rather than hailing one on the road.

Police Stations

Policía de Turismo Tourism police.

Entry & Exit Formalities

Ecuadorian Consulate

Oficina de Migraciónes Along the Pan-American Hwy, 2km north of town. Handles visa issues.


Banco BBVA Bank and ATM.

BCP Changes traveler’s checks and has an ATM.


Serpost Postal service on the block south of Plaza Bolognesi.

Tourist Information

iPerú Provides useful tourist information. It's on the main plaza.

Sernanp Arranges permits and provides information on visits to regional nature reserves.

Travel Agencies

Apart from offering tours to local sights, Tumbes tour companies can also provide some tourist information.