South to Peru

There are currently five different land border crossings between Ecuador and Peru. The four inland crossings are described below. For river travel to Peru along the Río Napo in Oriente . By far the most efficient and relaxed of all of these is the scenic route from Loja to Piura via Macará. This is much safer and more pleasant than crossing at Huaquillas, where travellers repeatedly report thefts, rip-offs and shake-downs.

Other smaller border posts include La Balsa south of Zumba, as well as Jimbura and Alamor. These remote villages are generally relaxed and friendly but facilities and onward transport into Peru are limited, especially at the latter two where officials may not be on hand to stamp passports and there may not be anywhere to change money. Time and patience are required when travelling these back roads.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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