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Ecuador (Macara) to Sullana to Piura, Peru - 8 People In a Taxi

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - June 2009   » View Photoset (4 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Exiting Macara in Ecuador for Peru is straightforward, you can get your exit stamp at the border, walk across the bridge and get your entry stamp
Peru Photo - Donkey and cart in Sullana, a city that is actually mototaxi chaos at its best.
Donkey and cart in Sullana, a city that is actually mototaxi chaos at its best.
for Peru on the other side. Once this is done there are co-op taxis waiting here to take you to Sullana which is about 130kms away. There is also hot food (chicken and rice etc) available while you wait for the taxi to fill up.

Squeeze 'Em In

By the time there were 2 in the front plus the driver plus 3 of us in the back and 2 more in the boot with the luggage and produce we set off for Sullana which took 1hr 45mins driving fast. At one point the driver stopped and tried to squeeze a mother and daughter and their produce into the boot, but they didn't fit. During the ride there were animals walking all over the road including pigs, donkeys and cows. We passed a couple traveling on a tandem bicycle, people in mototaxis, and chicken and vegetables for sale as we travelled through small villages called El Guineo, El Progreso, Partidor and Pedregal. I took a photo of an outside kitchen cookup under a tree complete
Peru Photo - Travel South America on tandem bicycle, between Macara and Sullana.
Travel South America on tandem bicycle, between Macara and Sullana.
with a bicycle shelter and stray dogs.

Sullana

Sullana is a hectic and chaotic little place with mototaxis everywhere. It's a good place to catch a bus to somewhere else which is what I did after getting to the crowded bus station. I headed for Piura on a local bus which cost $2 Soles and took about 30 minutes.

Piura

Piura, again is a hectic and chaotic town with bus companies, co-op taxis and mototaxis lining both sides of the main street. It is an easy place to get north or south from. The more flashier bus companies seem to do their long hauls only in the morning or at night so I settled for a less fancy bus to get me south to Chiclayo during daylight.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Ecuador (Macara) to Sullana to Piura (Peru) to:


Map location: Ecuador (Macara) to Sullana to Piura, Peru. Exiting Macara in Ecuador for Peru is straight forward, you can get your exit stamp at the border, walk across the bridge and get your entry stamp for Peru on the other side. Once this is done there are co-op taxis waiting there to take you to Sullana which is about 130kms away!
 A : Piura to Tumbes - Peru 127 kms 127 kms straight distance | 4hrs 52mins 4hrs 52mins by car (221 kms) | 5hrs 50mins 5hrs 50mins by bus (221 kms) (221 kms)
 B : Loja - Ecuador 93 kms 93 kms straight distance | 6hrs 23mins 6hrs 23mins by car (289 kms) | 7hrs 39mins 7hrs 39mins by bus (289 kms) (289 kms)
 C : Huaquillas - Ecuador 150 kms 150 kms straight distance | 6hrs 45mins 6hrs 45mins by car (309 kms) | 8hrs 6mins 8hrs 6mins by bus (309 kms) (309 kms)
 D : Vilcabamba - Ecuador 72 kms 72 kms straight distance | 7hrs 10mins 7hrs 10mins by car (330 kms) | 8hrs 36mins 8hrs 36mins by bus (330 kms) (330 kms)
 E : Mancora - Peru 167 kms 167 kms straight distance | 6hrs 24mins 6hrs 24mins by car (331 kms) | 7hrs 40mins 7hrs 40mins by bus (331 kms) (331 kms)
 F : Machala - Ecuador 166 kms 166 kms straight distance | 7hrs 12mins 7hrs 12mins by car (341 kms) | 8hrs 38mins 8hrs 38mins by bus (341 kms) (341 kms)
 G : Zamora - Ecuador 108 kms 108 kms straight distance | 7hrs 36mins 7hrs 36mins by car (354 kms) | 9hrs 7mins 9hrs 7mins by bus (354 kms) (354 kms)
 H : La Balsa to San Ignacio - Peru 88 kms 88 kms straight distance | 8hrs 8mins 8hrs 8mins by car (393 kms) | 9hrs 45mins 9hrs 45mins by bus (393 kms) (393 kms)
 I : San Ignacio to Chachapoyas - Peru 155 kms 155 kms straight distance | 8hrs 23mins 8hrs 23mins by car (401 kms) | 10hrs 3mins 10hrs 3mins by bus (401 kms) (401 kms)
 J : Vilcabamba to Zumba - Ecuador 61 kms 61 kms straight distance | 8hrs 28mins 8hrs 28mins by car (403 kms) | 10hrs 9mins 10hrs 9mins by bus (403 kms) (403 kms)
 K : Cuenca - Ecuador 216 kms 216 kms straight distance | 9hrs 41mins 9hrs 41mins by car (501 kms) | 11hrs 37mins 11hrs 37mins by bus (501 kms) (501 kms)
 L : Chachapoyas - Peru 258 kms 258 kms straight distance | 10hrs 18mins 10hrs 18mins by car (511 kms) | 12hrs 21mins 12hrs 21mins by bus (511 kms) (511 kms)
 M : Guayaquil - Ecuador 289 kms 289 kms straight distance | 10hrs 21mins 10hrs 21mins by car (533 kms) | 12hrs 25mins 12hrs 25mins by bus (533 kms) (533 kms)
 N : Alausi - Ecuador 294 kms 294 kms straight distance | 10hrs 56mins 10hrs 56mins by car (578 kms) | 13hrs 7mins 13hrs 7mins by bus (578 kms) (578 kms)
 O : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 299 kms 299 kms straight distance | 13hrs 24mins 13hrs 24mins by car (664 kms) | 16hrs 4mins 16hrs 4mins by bus (664 kms) (664 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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