Crossing to Peru

//Crossing to Peru

Crossing to Peru

Huaquillas was considered the worst border crossing in South America by Lonely Planet travel guide 2013 edition. Shady and all of that. Beside being lengthy and lacking logic it wasn’t shady at all. This follows the Ecuador to Peru crossing sequence: first stop 4 km before the border by a large building to cancel Ecuadorian vehicle permit. I parked civilized in the lot few steps from the building, but they wanted me to pull up in the front of the official window. If I would have pulled up right in front they would have sent me away from there. There is something about the parking thing, just like few hours before at Supermaxi. Soon as I park the security shows up and sends me to the other end of the parking lot. That is a guaranteed thing in most of Latin American countries. Kind of micro-power of the parking lot security. Or the gas station, I pull up to the diesel pump and they show me to another pump. Anyways, we cancelled the vehicle permit in 2 minutes, the guy didn’t even look at the van and rolled 4 km to the next location. It’s the “unified” bi-national Ecuador-Peru border crossing. It’s a massive building, occupying 2-3 blocks and when you go in they squeeze both Peruvian and Ecuadorian authorities in one room. The Ecuadorians working behind some folding tables, the Peruvians having their own kiosk. We asked (never hurts) for extension in Ecuador, given the Peruvian flood situation, waited few minutes and we were told that we spent 79 days of the 90, time to move on. Line up at the slow-dragging Peruvian side and reached the counter in about half an hour or so. They asked us how long we want to stay, half year (!) the joke goes out from us and we get stamped in for 180 days. Go figure. Another 4 km drive to the next building block for the vehicle permit and half an hour later we drive off with 90 days of permit and 6 months of insurance ($70 USD for insurance). The ‘system’ does not allow to print out longer permit. So our car has to leave, we can stay. The official assured me that renewal is fast, free and simple at any aduana office in a larger town. We did that in Panama too so probably same procedure. Then we just had to roll another hour to our first camp spot Swisswassi on the seaside. It was clear within minutes that we are out of Ecuador, the road quality, the buildings, the amount of tuktuks and the traffic chaos.


By | 2017-11-30T04:28:23+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Categories: Peru|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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