The city of Tumbes is the capital of the province and department of the same name, and is located in the northern Peruvian coast, only 30 km from the Ecuadorian border. Its name derives from "Tumpis" aboriginal peoples that inhabited this area to the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century.
Given its proximity to the Equator and the influence of the warm ocean current of the Gulf of Guayaquil has a semi tropical climate with an average temperature of 27 ° C in the summer months (December-April) reaches 40 ° C . and no rain.
The city of Tumbes is located along the river Tumbes, the only river in the Peruvian coast by small boats, is surrounded by a vast tropical vegetation and agricultural areas, a uniquely green part of coastal Peru.
Its buildings are republican and modern, has a modest economic development. Near the main square houses nineteenth century some wood and split-bamboo, pedestrian streets and modern monuments around which local people used to meet, local and craft galleries.
Around the perimeter of the main square to enjoy fine dining cuisine of Tumbes in outdoor restaurants, the bandshell, the shopping area and the Mother Church of San Nicolás Tolentino seventeenth century.
The Tumbes River boardwalk offers nice views of the area. In Tumbes can not fail to enjoy its famous seafood, such as black scallops ceviche, chili prawns or majarisco.
Main square of the city of Tumbes
The main square has been recently remolded and the part that stands out the most is an acoustic shell covered with a mosaic. Called the “Encounter of Two Worlds”, the sculpture refers to the arrival of the Spanish and to all the natural richness of the region. In the center, you can see a representation of the chief Chilimasa, powerful ruler of the area who resisted the Spanish forces. The inhabitants enjoy walking or resting in the shade of the trees, locally known as matacojudos (Kingelia pinnata – sausage tree). Around the perimeter of the square is the Cathedral, City Hall, City Library and some colonial houses. The feast days and holidays is the meeting point of the population. It is located 100 m. Benavides Malecon overlooking the Tumbes River.
San Nicolas de Tolentino Church - The Cathedral
Built in the seventeenth century by Augustinian priests, this Baroque church features two Roman arches, a slanted two-level roof, and a rib vault covered with mosaics. Inside, you can see the wood carven upper altar decorated with mosaics, stained glass windows with episodes from the life of Christ, figures of the saints and the Virgin, and a remarkable sculpture of the Christ.
Viewpoint located on the north bank of the Tumbes River, 100 meters from the main square, is on the southern edge of the city and building emblematic of the city. It was restored after heavy flooding caused by El Niño in 1998.
There are many esplanades inviting the visitor to stroll through the city. The best are La Concordia, Los Libertadores, Jerusalén, and Triunfino. The Boulevard of La Madre, the plazas El Beso and Bolognesi, and the park of El Avión are areas often frequented by the citizens of Tumbes.
Palo Santo Tourist Lookout and Private Natural Area
This is a lookout constructed on top of the highest hill of the city, just five minutes away by car, from where you can see a great amount of the geography of the area. The lookout is located inside the Private Natural Area called Palo Santo, which is made up of forests housing characteristic native trees like carob trees, palo santo trees, spruce trees, and charan trees. The zone is home to thirty species of birds, many of them endemic to the Tumbes Region. A trail has been created for visitors to observe the local flora and fauna. It is open all year long..
Within the city's shopping area, banks, ATMs, medical services, craft sales, Internet booths, local tour operators, casinos, nightclubs, bars and restaurants, highlighting the marine food and specializes in seafood and black shells a good infrastructure of hotels. The city's public transport is based on "motorcycle taxis" and few air-conditioned taxis.
The city of Tumbes is connected by the Pan American Highway North, and has bus daily services to other cities of Peru and international services to cities in Ecuador. It also has an airport with daily flights to the city of Lima.
The typical Tumbes cuisine of is famous for dishes based on sea bass, grouper, sole, swordfish, as well as mollusks and shellfish from the ocean and the mangroves such as black scallops, crabs, oysters, lobsters, and prawns. The dishes that must be tried are:
- Cebiches de conchas: scallops with lemon, onion, and aji limo (hot pepper)
- Aji de langostinos: prawns in a bread crumb and aji amarillo (hot pepper) sauce
- Chupe de cangrejo: crab chowder
- Majarisco: mashed green bananas with a shellfish sauce
- Sango de plátano verde: made from black scallops and green bananas
- Caldo de bolas: stuffed banana balls
Some typical desserts are:
- Antecoco: coconut dessert
- Antepapaya: paw-paw dessert
- Dulce de grosella: gooseberry dessert
- Mazamorra: purple corn pudding
The chinguirito is a typical drink made from coconut juice.
Restaurants in Tumbes:
- Restaurante Si Señor
- Las Terrazas
- Restaurante Latino