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The department of Piura is one of the most touristical in the country. The department is characterized by the Sechura Desert in the west, and the Andes in the east. The capital city, also known as Piura was the first city founded by the Spanish in Peru. Catacaos a town located 12 kilometers from the city has a beautiful main plaza and a magnificent cathedral. This town has many works of pottery and its restaurants are exquisite. The Piuran coast is home to many tourist attractions and receives tourists from all over the world. Mancora, located in northern Piura, is one of the largest beach resorts in Peru. It is commonly visited by international tourists as well as domestic tourists. Not only are the beaches known for their quality and secludedness, also their waves are a favorite among surfers. The town of Mancora, is home to a variety of nightclubs and bars frequented by youth throughout the year. Cabo Blanco, located south of Mancora, was once home to Ernest Hemmingway. Cabo Blanco is known to have some of the best waves for surfing in all of Peru.

Piura Tourist Information

The department of Piura contains many types of terrain. The coast features the largest desert in Peru, Sechura, which also includes the lowest place in Peru, the Bayovar depression at 37 mbsl / 121 fbsl towards the east, in the Andes, the terrain becomes rougher. The Porculla Trail is located there, (2138 masl / 7014 fasl); it is the lowest Andean trail in Peru.
Piura, full of joy and song, was in 1532 the first city founded in Peru by Francisco Pizarro. At present, it is an important center of economic development in northern Peru. Just twelve kilometers from the city is Catacaos, known for its artisans who work in straw and cotton and gold and silver filigree and for its exquisite restaurants. The town of Chulucanas is another famous place, but this time for pottery and excellent chicherías (taverns where chicha, a local drink, is served).
The coast of Piura offers many diverse attractions. Máncora, located close to the Piura-Tumbes border, is a small cove with beautiful beaches much prized by surfers, fun loving youths, and entire families. Toward the south lies Cabo Blanco, famous for the people cut from the same cloth as Ernest Hemmingway, attracted by ocean fishing for marlin, swordfish, and grouper. Today, it is the perfect place to surf since some of the best waves in Peru are found there. Colán is the main beach resort for the inhabitants of Piura, lovely for its typical wooden houses set upon pylons at the edge of the sea.
On the way to the highlands in the province of Huancabamba, you find the Huaringas, an enclave for shamans and mystic healers and an area of medicinal lakes and apus, protector mountain.

Map of Piura
Map of Piura
Piura Photo Gallery
Piura gallery Picture
Piura Accomodations

Piura - Peru Hotels directory

Hotel directory with a comprehensive listing of the most important bed and breakfast, homestay, hostel, hotel, lodges, haciendas, estancias, and other establishments where you can stary during your visit.

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Useful information
Capital:Piura (29 masl / 95 fasl)
Lowest point: 3 masl / 10 fasl (Paita and Los Organos)
Highest point: 2709 masl / 8888 fasl (Ayabaca)
The city of Piura tends to be arid and hot, with no rain all year. The average annual maximum temperature is 31,2ºC (88,1ºF) and the minimum is 17,7ºC (63,8ºF). During the presence of the El Niño effect, it rains, especially between December and June. 
Access routes
Access routes
By land Lima – Piura: 1035 km / 643 miles by the Pan-American Highway North (12 hours by car)
By air Regular flights to Piura from Lima (1 hour and 15 minutes), Trujillo (40 minutes) and Chiclayo (30 minutes).
Distances from Piura
-Ayabaca(Province of Ayabaca) 229 km (142 miles) / 6 hours
-Huancabamba(Province of Huancabamba) 214 km (133 miles) / 7 hours
-Chulucanas(Province of Chulucanas) 60 km (37 miles) / 45 minutes
-Paita(Province of Paita) 60 km (37 miles) / 45 minutes
-Sechura(Province of Sechura) 50 km (31 miles) / 55 minutes
-Sullana(Province of Sullana) 39 km (24 miles) / 35 minutes
-Talara(Province of Talara) 118 km (73 miles) / 1 hour and 30 minutes       
Carlos Concha Iberico Airport
Avenida Corpac Piura Telephone: (073) 34-4503 / 34-4997
Talara Airport
Upper Talara Telephone: (073) 38-1604 / 38-1363
Overland Transport
Overland transport
There is no bus terminal, but the majority of bus companies are located downtown
Health Centers
health centers
Reategui Hospital: Avenida Grau 1150. Telephone: (073) 33-1157. Attention: 24 hours
Cayetano Heredia Hospital: Avenida Independencia, Castilla. Telephone: (073) 34-2648.
Local Police
police station
Piura Police Station: Avenida Sanchez Cerro, block 12. Telephone: (073) 30-6266
San Martin Police Station: Prolongacion Avenida Grau, San Martin. Telephone: (073) 36-1197
Kraft market
craft market
Catacaos: Calle Comercio
Morropon: La Encantada, Chulucanas.
Postal Service
postal services
-Piura: Calle Ayacucho Telephone: (073) 32-7031.
Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
-Sullana: Calle San Martin 778 Telephone: (073) 50-2143.
Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.; Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
-Paita: Jiron Bolivar 126 Telephone: (073) 61-1016.
Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Tourist Information
tourist information
-Regional Government of Piura
-IPerú, Tourist information.Email: or click here
Piura Transportation
Company name Contact Web site / Email
Cetin - Central de Empresas de Transportes Interprovincial y Nacional
(073) 31-1369
Cooperativa de Transportes Loja
(073) 30-5446
EPPO S:A Empresa de Pequeños Propietarios de Omnibus S.A.
(073) 30-4543
Atrunor Empresa de Transporte Atrunor S.A.
(073) 30-9687
Empresa de Transporte Ave Fénix S.A.
(044) 22-3981 / 22-2122
Cautivito Empresa de Transporte Cautivito E.I.R.L
(073) 30-2031
El Sol - Empresa de Transporte El Sol S.A
Garce - Empresa de Transporte Garce S.R.L
(073) 30-4213
Etipthsac - Empresa de Transporte Interprovincial de Turismo Huancabamba S.A.C
(073) 34-5174
Empresa de Transporte Las Vegas
(073) 30-8729
Linea - Empresa de Transporte Línea S.A
(043) 32-2416
Empresa de Transporte Milagros E.I.R.L
(073) 30-3930
Empresa de Transporte Ronald E.I.R.L
(073) 50-2497
Empresa de Transporte Triedro S.A
(073) 32-8012
Turismo Express H y D - Empresa de T  ransporte Turismo Express H y D
(073) 34-5668 / 34-4330
Cifa -Empresa de Transportes Cifa
(073) 30-5925 /(072) 52-7120
Dora- Empresa de Transportes Dora E.I.R.L
(073) 30-7949
El Dorado - Empresa de Transportes El Dorado S.A.C
(044) 29-1778
ETHMOPESA - Empresa de Transportes Montero Peña S.A.C
(073) 33-5043
Sechura Express - Empresa de Transportes Sechura Express S.A
(073) 30-2414
Transportes Tambogrande - Empresa de Transportes Tambogrande S.R.L
(073) 30-6558
Turismo Dos mil - Empresa de Transportes Turismo Dos Mil S.A
(073) 37-8030
Oltursa - Empresa de Transportes Turísticos Olano S.A
Turismo Pacaipampa - Empresa de Turismo Pacaipampa S.R.L
(073) 34-1313
CIAL - Expreso Cial S.A.C
(043) 42-9253
ITTSA - Internacional de Transporte Turístico y Servicios S.R.LTDA
(044) 25-0587 / 23-1454
Poderoso Cautivo - Transporte El Poderoso Cautivo E.I.R.L
(073) 30-1478
Cruz del Sur - Transportes Cruz del Sur S.A.C
(043) 32-1283
Tepsa -Transportes El Pino S.A.C
(043) 35-0072
Civa Turismo Civa S.A.C
(041) 47-8048
Piura Cuisine
Typical dishes :
Below you can check the list of representative dishes of Piura ::
  • Seco de chabelo: beef jerky or dried beef stew with sweetened bananas.
  • Seco de cabrito con frijoles: 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.
  • Cebiche: raw fish filet cut into pieces and marinated in lemon juice, onions, and aji (hot pepper).
  • Majado de yucca con chicharron: Cooked and crushed yucca with aji (hot pepper) and accompanied with chicharron (fried pork rinds).
  • Chifles: Fried banana chips.
  • Natilla: a typical dessert made from goats milk, chancaca (sugar syrup), and very fine rice flour.
  • Chicha de Jora: boiled and fermented corn in mud vats.
Tumbes cuisine
Seco de Cabrito con Frejoles
Piura Tourism Info
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