Welcome to Piura!

Piura has streets lit up by the constant northern sun. Its spas and beaches destinations are popular with surfers: Máncora, Colán, Los Órganos, Vichayito and Cabo Blanco (famous for having hosted the writer, Ernest Hemingway) and Lobitos. In the region of Piura 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.

Sights

Main attractions in the city

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 representing freedom that was donated by President José Balta around 1870.

Founded in 1588 and dedicated to the Virgen de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption) and San Miguel Arcángel (Saint Michael the Archangel). The site features a Churrigueresque altarpiece with the Virgin of Fátima carved in Nicaraguan cedar and covered with gold leaf; probably one of the first in Peru. The high altar was rebuilt by the Spanish sculptor Julián Alagua in the Plataresque style after the 1912 earthquake. In its capacity as mother church, it is home to the Piura parish archives.

An ancient cloister built by the Franciscan Fathers during the 18th century, with a neo-classical altar atrium. Piura declared its independence at the church, under the blessing of the Franciscan saints, on January 4, 1821. It was declared a national monument in 1969 and 1980.

This is the house where Admiral Miguel Grau, hero of the War of the Pacific (the war against Chile, 1879) was born and lived. One of the best preserved clay and adobe structures from the end of the 18th century. Its hall, spacious rooms and orchard are all typical of architecture from that period. The house has four rooms and a library. Converted into a museum in 1978, the site is home to the hero’s family treasures, including photos, letters, diplomas and documents, as well as period furniture.

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 18th centuries. It was declared a National Historic Monument in 1974 and is home to religious art from the vice-royalty period in the 17th century, highlights of which include a Baroque altar and pulpit covered in gold leaf, and beautiful doors with carved and coloured effigies. There are also large paintings that are presumed to belong to the Quito school, depicting the fathers of the Catholic Church.

The site has 8 rooms: Visual Art Hall, Piura Archaeology Hall, Piura Territory Hall, Hall of Death in pre-Hispanic Piura, Piura Identity Hall, First Settlers of Peru Hall, Hall on the Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage, and the Gold Hall, with a collection of 61 gold objects that show the level of development and technology achieved by the Vicús civilization.

A town with many excellent handicraft professionals dedicated to making pottery, weaving with toquilla straw and cotton, and crafting gold and silver filigrees. Its food is an example of the best regional gastronomy.

Located in a house declared to be a historic monument, housing a pulpit and carved wood altar bathed in gold leaf, from the Quito school. The site also houses an old Piura image of the Virgin of Holy Water, as well as paintings showing colonial art and a silver ornamental model of the Basilica of the Virgin of Mercedes de Paita.

Main attractions beyond the city

Considered a local pre-Inca Civilization known as the Tallán. The buildings consist of adobe platforms held together by mud mortar and organised into four areas. The total site area covers 6 hectares.

An old colonial and Republic building from the 19th century, which is the property of the National Customs Superintendency.

Considered a historic site as it was the home of Manuelita Sáenz, the woman that captivated Liberator Simón Bolívar.

A sandy beach, with calm and warm waters. The bay is characterised by wooden houses on stone terraces and built on stilts, from whose balconies the best coastal sunsets can be enjoyed.

Built in the 16th century in the Baroque style. Believed to be the first church built in the South Pacific region, brimming with important artistic heritage. Recognised as a National Historic Monument.

A small, sandy beach that is perfect for swimming.

The park is shared by Piura and Tumbes (it is easier to reach the park from Tumbes), and has an area of 91,300 hectares and an altitude of between 200 and 1,613 masl. A view dominated by the hills and slopes of the La Brea or Amotape range. Average annual temperature of 24 °C. An equatorial dry forest with great biological diversity. Typical trees include the carob, hualtaco, charan, sapote, pasallo and guayacan. There is a rich variety of local wildlife: the Andean condor, oncilla, red deer, peccary, grey deer, Guayaquil squirrel and cherry-headed conure. The site forms part of the north-east Biosphere Reserve.

A long, wide beach located at the foot of the Peña Mala hill. Small pockets of dried carob trees and a traditional fishermen’s dock can be seen.

A peaceful beach, highly recommended for relaxation, found between Los Órganos and Máncora, reached by walking along the shore. The area has various rustic accommodation, houses to rent and hotels.

With warm waters and fabulous sunshine, this bay is considered to be one of the best on the Peruvian coast. Among its highlights are the waves, which are perfect for surfing and body boarding. The beach, located between the Fernández (Máncora) and Cunulsa ravines, is spacious and wide, featuring little natural pools formed by the sea. The area offers hostels, restaurants and an active nightlife.

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