As is true of the whole coast of Peru, the Tumbes area is extremely arid. Also like the whole country of Peru, add a little water from a river arising in the Andes and the place turns green. The economy of Tumbes is built on agriculture, the two main crops being rice and bananas, and fish. Strange to see rice and bananas growing in the desert but it is the tropics.
The boys had a week off from school in mid-October for spring break. After a warm winter, we've had a cool start to spring so we decided to head north to warmer weather. Tumbes is a city of 200,000 on the north coast, the last populated area before the border with Ecuador.
Puerto Pizarro is much more of a tourist draw than Acapulco. People come to see the mangroves, the crocodiles and to eat seafood, including the famous, at least in Peru, black scallop.
Bocapan is another fishing town a few kilometers south of Tumbes and happens to have a nice Casa Andina hotel where we stayed for the week. We have found that tourists from outside of Peru tend to stay a day in Lima, go to Macchu Pichu and then go home. Most of the places seen in the blog are Peruvian tourist destinations and this was no exception. We met two families from Lima, one from a school against which Sam played basketball and another with kids at the same school the boys go to.
Peru continues to be a delight in the birding department and Tumbes was no exception. Slideshow follows:
We post this blog almost halfway through our South America adventure and a week before many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. As we reflect on the bounty we have received this year in terms of new experiences, new friends, and new vistas, we are humbled and grateful. We thank you -- our readers -- for sharing the journey with us.