About Piura

Piura is a department located in northwest Peru and offers a variety of geographic areas to the visitor. From tropical beaches in front to the Pacific Ocean to the Andean mountains as Huaringas in Huancabamba, the vast desert of Sechura and equatorial dry forests.


Ancient pre-Columbian cultures lived here as Vicus, Tallan and then the sequences of the Moche, Chimú and the Incas, who bequeathed important archaeological sites.


The area has an important economic development for its rich deposits of oil and phosphates, the agro-industry with important irrigation projects and tourism in the beaches.


The city of Piura, the capital of the department, was the first Spaniard city founded in Peru by Francisco Pizarro in 1532, with the name of San Miguel de Piura.


The art and folklore have rich demonstrations in Piura, highlighting the famous ceramic art in Chulucanas, the handicrafts of Catacaos, the tondero and marinera dances and Piura has an exquisite cuisine where you can not miss enjoying a cebiche or a ronda criolla with seco de chabelo, majado or carne aliñada.


In recent years there has been an important tourist services associated with its warm beaches for rest and relaxation and paradise for lovers of surfing with big waves and funny holidays, or big-game fishing in Cabo Blanco, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway, where fish the world's largest marlin, and in addition the sportfishing of swordfish and groupers.


Road to the high mountains in the province of Huancabamba are the Huaringas place of shamans and healers, medicinal lagoons and apus or protective mountains.


Piura City Overview

  • Location:

    Northwestern coast, 95.1 feet (23 m.) above sea level

  • Distances to Piura:

    From Lima 647 miles (1,035 Km)
    From Chiclayo 166 miles (265 Km)
    From Tumbes 174 miles (278 Km)
    From Máncora 118 miles (187 Km)

  • Population:

    666,000 inhabitants

Maps of Piura

Maps of Piura

Piura Guide


Piura City

Known as the city of hospitality or the city of eternal sunshine. It was the first city founded by the Spanish in Peru in Tangarará (1532), then transferred to Paita which was plundered by pirates (1577) and then moved to its present location (1587) on the banks of the Piura River inhabited area in which the Tallan. In its historical center is located some churches and colonial houses, highlighting its cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and small museums like the Museum Gold of Vicus and the House Museum of Admiral Grau, all within walking distance from their main square and their effigy of La Pola. Good restaurants and taverns to enjoy the food Piura and a good range of hotel facilities.


Around Piura

The beach area located west of Piura as Paita, Colán, Yacila sandy beaches, calm and warm waters. Paita is known for its wooden houses located on stone terraces and raised on stilts, from whose balconies are seen some of the best sunsets on the Peruvian coast. To the east of Piura, in the Andes, lies enchanted lagoons of Huancabamba, an area of ​​shamanism, traditional healers and sorcerers. To southwest are Sechura area and fisherman towns, its vast desert, mangroves and lagoons San Pedro Ramon and Ñapique. The main archaeological sites of Vicus and Tallan cultures.



Located 12 Km (7 miles) from the city of Piura, famous for its handicrafts and cotton straw, objects in gold and silver filigree, wood crafts. In the Comercio street houses the majority of galleries and craft markets, where you also find Chulucanas ceramics. A beautiful church located in front to the main square and numerous picanterías, restaurants and chicherías to enjoy fine cuisine of Piura. Catacaos are located near to Narihualá famed for its weavers of straw hats and its archaeological place, also Simbilá village of potters.



Located 60 Km (37 miles) east of the city of Piura (45 minutes by car), in the foothills of the Andes, in extensive tropical dry forests and large areas of cultivation of mango and lemon. Chulucanas and La Encantada village are known for their pottery and the quality of their clay. Heirs of the pre-Inca tradition, keep ocher, green, yellow and black. The latter is achieved through the use of burnt mango leaf through a process called "humeado." Chulucanas artisans reflected in its decorative globular pottery customs and traditions of his people, subjects initiated by Max Inga and his disciples as Teodoro Yamunaqué.


Northern beaches

Cabo Blanco, Ñuro, Punta Veleros, Los Órganos, Vichayito, Pocitas and Máncora, are just some of the beaches on the coast of Piura, located north of Talara (120 Km from Piura), with guaranteed sunshine almost all year, and each offer different options, some for big-game fishing, whale watching, other ideal for surfing and katesurfing, for relaxation and rest. Hotels and bungalows for rent on these beaches and how to reach them. Since these beaches is easy access to Cerros de Amotape National Park.



Located 187 Km (116 miles) north of the city of Piura (2 hours by car), the 1,164 kilometer of the North Pan-American Highway, 106 kilometers from the city of Tumbes. Warm water and excellent sun, this resort is considered one of the most important coastal Peru, the Peruvian jet set beach. Emphasize its waves, perfect for practicing surfing and body boarding. The beach, located between streams Fernandez (Máncora) and Cunulsa is wide and is characterized by having small pools that depend on seepage from the sea. Máncora has hostels, restaurants, shops to rent surf equipment and handicrafts.


Protected Natural Areas

The Cerros de Amotape National Park and the Coto de Caza el Angolo have variable altitudes ranging from 200 to 1,613 meters and a landscape characterized by hills and mountains of the range Amotape La Brea. The park shares territory of Piura and Tumbes to the border with Ecuador. With an average annual temperature of 24 °C, the equatorial dry forest, has a great biological diversity. Among the most characteristic trees include the carob, hualtaco, charanes, sapodilla, guayacanes and pasallos. The wildlife is very rich in species representative of the tropical forest, and arid Andes. Highlights include the Andean condor, the ocelot, red deer, peccary, deer, gray squirrel, white-naped parrot red head. The park is part of the Biosphere Reserve in the Northeast.


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