During the pre-hispanic era, the area of Zarumilla was inhabited by the Tumpis tribe, and archeological remains of this have been found. During the Colonial era serveral spaniards claimed ownership over the lands until the captain Miguel Olmedo won the rights in 1785 and built an hacienda called Zarumilla. In 1821 the locals declared their independence and its owner, Joaquín Olmedo, decided to sell the deeds.
During 1941 the city became involved in a battle with Ecuator, part of the ongoing war, in which Peru won. Zarumilla was named province in 1942 and after the end of the conflict all grudges were cast aside and now mantains an economic integration and respect with neighbooring Huaquillas, the ecuatorian border town.
Best time to visit Zarumilla
The best time to visit the city is in July if you want to take part in the celebrations of the Battle of Zarumilla, or September to witness the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Climate in Zarumilla
The climate in Zarumilla is arid and has an average temperature of 77°F. Rains are uncommon all year long, although they are more frecuent between january and april.
Things to do in Zarumilla
Nightlife in Zarumilla
Location: Jr. Libertad 309 Hours: 09:00 p.m. to 06:00 a.m. Friday through Sunday Price: Unknown Enjoy a fun night out with the latest trends in music as well as music videos. The bar has several different cocktails to choose from, and also offer several local dishes from Zarumilla.
Una Noche Más en París Resto bar
Location: Calle Maximiliano Morán Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Ample spaces and dance floors decorated with LED lights, and also has live music from invited DJ’s with the latest songs to enjoy through the night.
Location: Jr. La Libertad N°210 Centro Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Here you will be able to try all dishes that Zarumilla has to offer during your visit and listen to live music from the guests DJ’s. It also has a variety of national and international cocktails for all tastes.
Where to eat in Zarumilla
El Muelle de San Blas
Location: Av. Panamericana Norte, near the crossing of Leoncio Prado with Arica Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Specializes in preparing different ceviche types. El Muelle de San Blas allows you to try different flavours while you enjoy live music. The service is kind and there is private parking.
Cevicheria El Carajo Latin Show
Location: Calle 503 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown A nice and colourful place with ample spaces to enjoy your meal. It offers several varieties of seafood dishes and also some creole food.
Caba Pizza Cafe
Location: Calle Tumbes 503 Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m. Price: Unknown A place with the several pizza combinations to choose from, including some local ones like like the Lomo Saltado Pizza. It is a quiet and comfortable place that also has a varied menu other than pastas.
The tourist places to see in Zarumilla are:
Location: Outskirts of Huacho Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Archaeological complex discovered in 1973, which owes its name to the Bandurria hill, which in turn was named like that due to a species of bird which inhabited the area. It is located 6.2 miles south of Huacho, and it is speculated that the people that lived there were fishermen who traded with Caral.
Plaza de Armas
Location: Downtown Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Main Plaza of the city, and a gathering point for most events and feasts. It has been modified since it was first created, and now has gardens and other decorations that help differentiate it from the rest of the plazas in the country.
Pampa Colorada Lake
Location: Outskirts of Huacho Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Located 6.2 miles away from Huacho in the Colorada hill, it houses an ecosystem with several species of birds and plants. There are also small rides that take you across the lake.
Lachay National Reserve
Location: Outskirts of Huacho Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown The Lachay National Reserve was created the 21st of June 1977 in order to protect the particular flora and fauna of the area. It covers approximately 5.070 acres with different altitude levels. It is an attractive touristic destination, specially between July and Octubre when the plants bloom and give the are a magical feeling.
The things to do in Zarumilla
Location: El Bendito Beach Feel the emotion of surfing with an incredible view of the mangroves and the beach while you dash through the waves, or head into the sea to dive and witness all the underwater biodiversity.
Location: Road to the Tumbes National Reserve Trekking which makes travelers cross several natural areas where they’ll enjoy varied natural vistas, and you’ll be able to witness the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. It is recommended that you bring boots or good shoes for the long walks and water for the trip as well as mosquito repellent and snacks.
Location: Pizarro Port Take a tour accompanied by local experts that will lead the way to the destinations you want to visit. You’ll be able to admire the exotic flora and fauna, as well the vistas.
How to reach Zarumilla
Zarumilla by train
There is currently no passenger train that has Zarumilla as a destination.
Zarumilla by flight
Zarumilla doesnt have an airport. The closest one is located in Tumbes, about 11 miles away from Zarumilla. It mostly operates domestic flights.
Zarumilla by bus
The city is located 835 miles away from Lima, in a trip that usually takes around 21 hours. The bus fare is around 130 soles. Tepsa covers the route, and has departures from 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. from Javier Prado Este and Plaza Norte.
Accomodations in Zarumilla
Location: Av. Miguel Grau 411 Price: n/d Hospedaje Imperio has comfortable double and triple rooms, and each have private bathroom and cable TV.
Hotel Mi Hostal
Location: Av. Miguel Grau 411 Price: n/d Hotel with several different types of rooms for the travelers comfort. The rooms have private bathrooms, cable TV and free wi-fi. It also has a bar where you can order local drinks, laundry service and you can also order a taxi to the airport with no additional cost.
Important dates in Zarumilla
Anniversary of Tumbes
(7 of january)
A serenade in honor of the city is made and most of the locals participate. There are also cultural activities, food degustation and fireworks during the day.
Anniversary of the Cross
(6 of May)
The Cross was first brought to Tumbres by Francisco Pizarry. This day marks the anniversary of the arrival of one of the most important catholic symbols.
Anniversary of the Battle of Zarumilla
(24t of June)
Commemoration of one of the most important battles of the war between Peru and Ecuator in 1941. War Hero and pilot José Abelardo Quiñones sacrificed himself during the campaign, and is now the face of the s/.10 bill.
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
(28 and 29 of June)
An important festivity to the local fishermen because both saints as regarded as their protectors. During these days there are religious activities, school parades, food festivals, dance contests and a small procession of images of both saints on a ship through the main ports of the area.
Tumbes Tourism Week
(21 - 27 of September)
As in other cities in Peru, Tumbes has its own touristic week in which visitors can try out the best of the local gastronomy, assist to local concerts and be part of the cultural activities of the region.
Feast of the Inmaculate Conception
(1-15 of December)
There are masses and processions during the two weeks of the feast. The main day is the 8th of December, and there are other social and recreational activities during this period.