Peru! My second South American country and a new chapter in my travels.
We left Cuenca, Ecuador after a quick world through the city's beautiful old town. Our destination was the Ecuadorian border town of Huaquillas which is the most Western border station and the closest to Cuenca.
The border crossing itself was quite simple. I got my exit stamp in my piggy passport and an entry stamp after filling out the Peruvian immigration form. I got a 60 day tourist visa and did not have to go veterinary controls because of my celebrity status - yes, i am a VIP, a Very Important Pig.
The hazzle was the stuff that happened around the passport issues since there are quite a lot of money makers who specialize in "helping gringos" to cross the border. And since there were no other whities and pinkies around
apart from our group of 7 + 1 pig they helped us.
The most annoying part are the money changers on the border bridge. They literally jump on you. Your nice helpers push hard to force you into changing but don't do it since there is a lot of fake Soles (Peruvian currency) bills in their hands. You can pay everything in Tumbes with US dollars so you do not need to change anything at the border. And you do not have to pay for anything at the border either. So do not listen to any of their stories.
We reached Tumbes which is another 40 km away at around 6 at night and felt really uncomfortable in Peru after the border annyances. But the little town turned out to be quite nice and we had a relaxed evening. Tomorrow we will fly to Lima, on the only daily flight from Tumbes.