Huaraz to Guayaquil by bus in 2 easy steps! Be sure to check out Cruz del Sur and CIFA for bus tickets and timetables.
While researching the Huaraz (Peru) to Guayaquil (Ecuador) route online, I failed to find information that helped with our travel plans. In this article I will explain how we made the journey and provide some tips that we picked up along the way while en route to Salinas. This beach town is just 2 hours from Guayaquil on the coast where we did a 2 week workaway in a hostel.
Huaraz is a beautiful town in Peru that is the base for a range of adventures such as Climbing Mount Vallunaraju – 5,686 meters above sea level. Guayaquil is the biggest city in Ecuador. It’s not the capital but it is the commercial centre of the country.
The journey from Huaraz to Guayaquil is divided into two parts. Firstly, we had to travel from Huaraz to Trujillo and then from Trujillo to Guayaquil. Trujillo – in the north of Peru – is a hub for bus travel and was our first stop on the way to Ecuador.
The bus ride was 7 hours from Huaraz. We used a company called Movil Tours who travel daily to Trujillo. The ticket cost us 50 soles each.
We arrived at Trujillo Terminal Terrestre at 5am. We had to purchase the bus tickets for the next leg of the trip but everything was closed until 9 am.
There are 2 options for the Trujillo to Guayaquil leg of the journey:
1) From shopping around the terminal, we discovered that Cruz del Sur was the only bus company in the Terminal Terrestre that did the Trujillo-Guayaquil route. We waited for their office to open at 10. We luckily secured 2 seats from the remaining 4 available. The price for the ticket was 190 soles each and was leaving at 23.45 that night from the Cruz del Sur terminal in the center.
2) One thing we didnt know was a bus company called CIFA. From talking with the owner of Chan Chan hostel, we found out that there is another option from Trujillo to Guayaquil with another bus company called CIFA. They have a bus at 13.30 everyday and the tickets cost around 50 dollars each. I’m keen to tell you this because if you arrive at 5 am in Trujillo – CIFA is probably the best option as you dont have to wait until 23.45 like we did. Unluckily for us, we had already purchased our tickets with Cruz del Sur otherwise like many other travellers, we would have purchased the tickets with CIFA from Chan Chan hostel.
The trip from Trujillo to Guayaquil takes 18 hours – including the time spent at the border. Once we got the Ecuadorian stamp on our passports it only took a further 3.5 hours to reach Guayaquil. The trip was smooth and we enjoyed movies on the bus(The interview and Dumb and Dumber 2), had comfortable seats, acceptable food and great sevice.
Things to do in Trujillo
We had 14 hours to wait for our bus so we rented a room in a hostel to catch up on some rest after the overnight bus. We chose Chan Chan hostel across from the Cruz del Sur terminal on Av. Amazonas. They offered us a double bedroom ensuite with wifi for 35 soles. It is worth it especially if you have a heavy backpack!
The main street is called Avenida Pizarro y Colon. Here you can find shops, restaurants, and coffee bars. As we couldn’t find the Pizzeria “Roma” that we were looking for, we opted for “De Marco” restaurant. Here we can easily say that it was the worst Pizza ever! Don’t make the same mistake as we did!
Try dining at “El Celer de Cler“. We had dinner on a beautiful balcony and we were more than satisfied with the food. It’s a little bit more expensive than other places but well worth it.
Take a walk around the Plaza de Armas just a few steps away from El Celer de Cler. This very lively square is dominated by a new Church that is freshly painted bright yellow and an LED sign that makes it look more like a Casino than a Church!
1) Taxi drivers may ask for more than 10 Soles for a ride to the center, do not pay more than 6 Soles.
2) Consider CIFA as an alternative to Cruz del Sur
This is our advice for when you travel from Huaraz to Guayaquil and we hope it helps you. If you have any questions or comments please reach out to us for more information.
Have you travelled this route? How did you get from Huaraz to Guayaquil?