Piura

(29 meters) above sea level

 

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Beaches and a never-ending summer

Piura has streets lit up by the constant northern sun. Its spas and beaches are popular with surfers: Máncora, Colán, Los Órganos, Vichayito and Cabo Blanco (famous for having hosted the writer, Ernest Hemingway) and Lobitos. In this region you can find colonial temples and artisan towns, like Chulucanas and Catacaos. Additionally, there are magical lakes like Las Huaringas.

Piura is home to the largest dry region in Peru, the Sechura desert. Its festivals include that of the Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca (Captive Lord of Ayabaca), and Catacaos’ Easter festival, characterized by profound religious devotion.

It has a wide selection of varied food. Piura is the land of eternal summer.

  • Location: Located in the north of Peru, and shares a border with Ecuador in the north-east. Most of the land is coastal (desert and dry forest ecosystems), and there are some towns and villages in the mountains (moorland and cloud forests).
  • Size: 35,891 km2 (13,858 sq.miles).

Routes & length of stay

3 Days

(minimum
recommended
length of stay)

  • 1 day: Piura: Catacaos and Chulucanas.
  • 1 day: Piura: Colán and Yacila.

Recommended for Piura and Tumbes

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  • Handicraft collectors, who will find decorative pottery in Chulucanas and in Catacaos, as well as hats and silver and gold filigree.
  • Nature enthusiasts, who, upon visiting the Cerros de Amotape National Park, the Tumbes National Reserve and the Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary, will discover forests within very different ecosystems and abundant wildlife.
  • Bird watchers, who will have a day to remember in Puerto Pizarro and El Angolo.
  • Water sports lovers, who enjoy surfing (Cabo Blanco, Órganos, and Máncora), sport fishing, diving (Punta Sal and Máncora) and rafting (in the Tumbes River).
  • People in search of sun, sand, and sea, who will find this in Máncora, Colán, Punta Sal and Zorritos.

What to buy?

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Many different types of handicrafts are made in Piura. For instance, in Catacaos, artisans work in silver and gold, especially filigree, while those in Chulucanas (in the town of La Encantada) create eye catching pottery, while in Santo Domingo, it is about straw hats. If you go to Huancabamba, flower arrangements that incorporate sea shells are what you will find as well as traditional back-strap weavers who specialize in saddlebags, shawls and ponchos. Craftsmen in Tumbes are known for their wood carvings and works using marine products.

 What to eat?

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Tumbes is famous for its fresh cebiche de conchas negras (an intensely seasoned dish of scallops, marinated in key lime juice, spicy chili peppers, salt and onions, served with boiled sweet potato and corn), its caldo de bola (a dish featuring bananas that are mashed and formed into a ball, then filled with beef and fried xxx) and its majarisco (green bananas, mashed and fried, accompanied by all sorts of seafood).

There are also many different styles of cebiches in Piura. You can use grouper or mackerel or any other type of freshly caught fish, but essential ingredients are limes from Chulucanas and sarandaja beans. Piura is also the land of the seco de chabelo (a combination of a strong flavored beef jerky with mashed, seasoned and fried banana) and the sudado de cachema (a strong soup made with weakfish and served with large chunks of onions and tomatoes). As you patiently wait for these dishes, fried yuca (cassava) and chifles (fried banana chips) are your hors d’oeuvres. And for dessert, try the sweet natilla (a custard) and to a drink, a cold beer or chicha de jora (corn beer). There are fine restaurants in the cities of Tumbes and Piura as well as in Catacaos and the beaches of Órganos, Máncora and Punta Sal.

Typical dishes Piura

  • Dry kid with beans: stew made of tender baby goat meat marinated in chicha de jora (a fermented corn liquor whose origin dates back to the time before the Incas) and accompanied with beans seasoned with fried onions and garlic.
  • Mashed yucca with pork rind: Cooked and crushed yucca with aji (hot pepper) and accompanied with chicharron (fried pork rinds)
  • Natilla: a typical dessert made from goats milk, chancaca (sugar syrup), and very fine rice flour.
Piura Attractions in the City
El Carmen Church

El Carmen Church

Visiting Hours: During mass. Location: Jr. La Libertad No 366. Described by the historian Del Busto as the most “Baroque church in the city,” this was the setting for Piura’s religious worship and artistic life in the 17th and...

Admiral Miguel Grau Museum and House

Admiral Miguel Grau Museum and House

Visiting Hours: Mon – Fri 8.00 am – 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm / Sat – Sun 8.00 am – 12.00 pm. Location: Jr. Tacna No 662 This is the house where Admiral Miguel Grau, hero...

San Francisco Church

San Francisco Church

Visiting Hours: Monday – Saturday 9.00 am – 12.00 pm and 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Location: Crossroads of Lima street and Malecón Eguiguren No 516. An ancient cloister built by the Franciscan Fathers during the 18th century, with...

Piura Cathedral

Piura Cathedral

Visiting Hours: Mon – Sun 7.00 am – 12.00 pm / 5.00 pm – 8.30 pm. Location: Huancavelica street No 362. Founded in 1588 and dedicated to the Virgen de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption) and San...

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

Visiting Hours: Daytime and at night. Location: Piura city centre. Surrounded by tamarind plants that were brought from the Yapatera estate and sowed from 1870 onwards. Located in the centre of the plaza is the “Pola,” a marble statue...

Piura Attractions Beyond the City
Las Huaringas – Piura

Las Huaringas – Piura

Piura Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: On the heights of the province of Huancabamba and 214 Km . of Piura and 1,953 m.s.n.m They are considered the main center of quackery in northern Peru. Its name would derive from the Huari words,...

Sechura – Piura

Sechura – Piura

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 55 Km kilometers from Piura. Important for their bay and the current fishing center Parachique , exploitation of phosphates and location of the pipeline that comes from the forest and ends in Bayóvar . In...

Balneario  Mancora – Piura

Balneario Mancora – Piura

  Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 182 kilometers from Piura Mancora is a resort and a town in northern Peru . It is capital of the district of Máncora in the province of Talara, Piura department.The resort is characterized by its...

San Lucas de Colán church (Paita)

San Lucas de Colán church (Paita)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 18.5 km from Paita, Pueblo Nuevo de Colán district (20 minutes by car). Built in the 16th century in the Baroque style. Believed to be the first church built in the South Pacific region, brimming...

Colán Beach (Paita)

Colán Beach (Paita)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 65 km west of Piura (55 minutes by car) or 15 km from Paita (10 minutes by car). A sandy beach, with calm and warm waters. The bay is characterised by wooden houses on stone...

Manuela Sáenz House (Paita)

Manuela Sáenz House (Paita)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: Jr. Nuevo del Pozo No 390, Paita. Considered a historic site as it was the home of Manuelita Sáenz, the woman that captivated Liberator Simón Bolívar. A: Piura B: Manuela Sáenz House 

Edificio de La Aduana (Customs Building) (Paita)

Edificio de La Aduana (Customs Building) (Paita)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: Ave. la Merced de Paita. An old colonial and Republic building from the 19th century, which is the property of the National Customs Superintendency. A: Piura B: Customs Building) (Paita)

Narihualá Archaeological Site, Narihualá Fortress (Piura)

Narihualá Archaeological Site, Narihualá Fortress (Piura)

Visiting Hours: Tue – Sun 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Location: Olmos street w/o No, Narihualá Hamlet, Catacaos. The archaeological site is 3 km from Catacaos (5 minutes by car). Considered a local pre-Inca Civilization known as the Tallán....

Piura Festivals
Mountain Biking in the Plaza Huamanmarca Junin

Mountain Biking in the Plaza Huamanmarca Junin

In the Plaza Huamanmarca in Huancayo, it is carried out, since 2011, the “International Cycling Tour Wanka Pride”. The circuit allows to know the beautiful Mantaro Valley, part of the path of travel; another area that presents the circuit...

Piura Jubilee Week

Piura Jubilee Week

Begins:  October-01 Ends: October-30 For one jubilee week, Piura offers the best in music, crafts, and food in a party where artistic, social, and cultural events are held daily.

San Clemente Fair (Feria de San Clemente)

San Clemente Fair (Feria de San Clemente)

Piura Begins: 23-November Ends: 23-November In this festival, the Lord of Miracles of San Clemente is honoured. It is characterized by the joy and active participation of visitors. Bull fights are also held.  

Virgin of the Mercedes (Virgen de las Mercedes)-Piura

Virgin of the Mercedes (Virgen de las Mercedes)-Piura

Piura Begins: 24-Septembe Ends: 24-September A festival that brings together a large number of devotees who undertake long pilgrimages from various places to renew their faith and fulfil their promises in the presence of the Virgin. Celebrations include processions, passacaglias and...

Captive Christ of Ayabaca (Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca)-Piura

Captive Christ of Ayabaca (Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca)-Piura

Begins: 14-October  Ends: 31-October Thousands of pilgrims come to Ayabaca from the north of Peru and the south of Ecuador in order to keep their promise of faith to the Captive Christ. The streets are covered with flower petals, and people...

Chifles

Chifles

Flaked fried bananas.

Majado de yuca con chicharrón

Majado de yuca con chicharrón

Yucca cooked and mashed with chilies and served with chicharrón (pork cooked in its own fat).

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