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
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Piura Attractions Beyond the City
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Piura Festivals
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