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Im happy to be travelling from Lima up to Guayaquil in a few weeks.
I was wondering if anyone out there has any tips for stops along the way, preferably along the beach.
Any good bus companies?
Hope to hear from ya, thanx..
If you want to stay on the Pan Americana (the coastal route is the quickest, but also the least interesting route), a nice place to stopover is Trujillo/Huanchaco (situated a few miles north of Trujillo, Huanchaco is famous for surfing and reed boats). The archaeological site of Chan Chan is also an easy day trip from Trujillo.
I recommend that you get off the coast as you head north from Trujillo and head inland to Cajamarca. This is where Pizarro imprisoned Atahualpa and held him for ransom. Travel northeast from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas and visit the ancient fortress of Kuelap, midway between Celendin and Chachapoyas.
Further north along the coast, the city of Piura is interesting. It is also home to many of the best Peruvian cumbia and technocumbia music groups. Back on the coast, midway between Piura and Tumbes lies Mancora. Mancora is a great place to relax on the beach, with good waves, beachside lodging and cheap restaurants in town.
After crossing the border into Ecuador, head inland to Cuenca if you have the time. Cuenca is a very nice colonial city in the sierra, situated at 2,500 meters.
OLTURSA and ORMEÑO are very good bus companies.
Sure you need to choose any varied thanx