AKA – How to travel by bus from Cuenca, Ecuador to Chiclayo, Peru.
One of our homework assignments while learning Spanish was to read about Atahualpa (the Incan King who “surrendered” to the Spanish).
This happened near Cajamarca, Peru. (Stay tuned for more on Atahualpa and Cajamarca.)
When we were looking into traveling from Cuenca, Ecuador to Lima, Peru (by bus – about 30 hours), we wanted a way to break up the trip a bit. Cajamarca was our answer. So, we did this instead:
(FYI – in trying to plan our route we found no one who told us the name of the bus companies… so this post is to help others find their way.)
The bus from Cuenca to Machala, Ecuador:
Pullman Sucre is the name of the company, and their office is inside the Cuenca bus terminal (Terminal Terrestre). In Machala, we switched buses (and bus companies) to CIFA International.
But, the tickets for both buses were purchased in Cuenca through Pullman Sucre.
This bus took us from Machala, across the border of Ecuador, and into Peru.
The border crossing at Tumbes was pretty basic and relatively easy as far as land crossings go.
However, the “no-man’s land” was huge! I would not have wanted to be on my own to find the two in/out offices.
The CIFA International bus was pretty nice. It was much better than Pullman Sucre’s.
It wasn’t the best, but it was good enough.
Through Pullman Sucre, the tickets from Cuenca, Ecuador to Piura, Peru were $15 each.
Cuenca to Piura took 11 hours (with a 30 minute stopover in Machala for the bus change).
In case you didn’t know…it’s a desert in northern Peru.
Here’s the view.
Travel by night if you can.
When we arrived in Piura, Peru (where CIFA ended their route), we had to change buses and bus companies.
We took a taxi (because a Peruvian woman traveling the same route as us told us to).
And, Jonathan forgot what the exchange rate was… either that or he wasn’t awake yet.
In any case, he paid our taxi driver $7 for a 3 block ride. (That should have cost about $1-$2.)
We didn’t need a taxi… Transportes Chiclayo’s terminal is located (as said) basically just 2-3 blocks from CIFA International.
We took Transportes Chiclayo from Piura to Chiclayo.
(3 hours, $6 each for the “Bus Cama” (nicer) seats)
The bus was really nice!
We arrived, finally, in Chiclayo at about 10:00am.
This time, when we got a taxi, the driver first took us to get our tickets to Cajamarca.
Tonight, we will be traveling with Tourismo Dias on a night bus to Cajamarca (approx. 10 hours, $12 each).
Now, we’re in Chiclayo at a restaurant with internet our taxi driver recommended. It’s great!
It’s called Hebron, and they’re really nice and the food is good, and the internet is fast!
Check it out the next time you’re in Chiclayo.