Category: "Tumbes Guide"

The Santa Chilenita

March 13th, 2010 |

Just a few kilometres south of Tumbes, Peru’s northern most region, is a colorful little chapel that grabs the attention of passers-by. It is here that dozens of believers stop off to renew their faith in the Chilenita, a mysterious figure apparently from the country’s opposite border in the south.


February 8th, 2007 |

We had crossed the border from Ecuador and had arrived in the Cifa bus station on the panamericana in Tumbes.

As we stepped off the bus someone grabbed my forearm, tugged on it forcefully and screamed something incomprehensible in my face.

Another voice, with a beaconing hand, screamed “no no, come with me, I’m official, come come, quickly”