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GENERAL DATA

Location: In the department of Piura, province of Talara, in the coast north part of Peru.

Capital: Piura (altitude 29)

Altitude: 3 masl (Paita and Los Organos) Lowest point. 2709 masl (Ayabaca) highest point .

Average annual temperature: 26°C (79°F) maximum, and 19°C (66°F ) minimum


CLIMATE
Tropical and dry, good climate throughout the entire year. Average temperature: Between 36ºC (97ºF) and 17ºC (62ºF). Light rain from November to March.

 

SURF SEASON
The entire year.

ACCESS ROUTES
187 km / 116 miles from the city of Piura (2 hours by car), near km marker 1164 of the Pan-American Highway North.
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 THE CITY OF PIURA TO THE FOLLOWING CITIES
-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

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GENERAL INFORMATION
Warm waters with an average temperature between the 28.2ºC (83ºF) and 24.4ºC (76ºF). It features variable currents according to the strength of the swell. Wave type: long and even left hand reef break with heights up to 2 meters (6,5 feet). Very sporadic tubes. (During the El Nino phenomenon) Level: Beginners / Intermediate

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 mountains.

ATTRACTIONS IN PIURA

Province of Piura

Main Square
Downtown Piura
This plaza is surrounded by tamarindo trees, whose seedlings were brought from the Yapatera plantation and planted in 1870. At the center, you find the marble statue of the “Pola” who represents liberty and was presented by the President Jose Balta around 1870

Cathedral of Piura
Calle Huancavelica 362. Visiting hours: Mon. – Fri. 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M; Sat. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
It was built in 1588 under the protection of the Virgen de la Asuncion (Assumption Virgin) and San Miguel Arcangel (Michael the Archangel). Preserved on the inside is the Churrigueresque shrine of the Virgin of Fatima carved from Nicaraguan cedar and covered in gold leaf. It was probably one of the first in Peru. The upper plateresque altar was reconstructed by the Spanish sculptor, Julian Alagua, after the 1912 earthquake. As the department’s main church, the Piura parish archives are kept there

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MACHU PICCHU HOTELS
 

 
Las Arenas de Mancora
 
   
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Mancora Beach Bungalows
 
   
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San FranciscoChurch
Intersection of Calle Lima and Malecon Eguiguren 516. Telephone: (073) 31-1111
Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Mass times: 8:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M.
An ancient cloister constructed by Franciscan priests during the eighteenth century, it was declared a National Monument in the years 1969 and 1980.

Casa Museo de Almirante Miguel Grau (Museum of the House of Admiral Miguel Grau)
Jiron Tacna 662. Telephone: (073) 32-6541 / 33-1961. Visiting hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
This is the house where Admiral Miguel Grau, hero of the War of the Pacific (the war against Chile, 1879) was born and lived. The home consists of four large rooms and a library. Besides the furniture used by the Great Admiral, you can see pictures, letters, diplomas, and documents.

Del Carmen Church
Jiron La Libertad 366. Across from the MerinoPlaza
It dates from the eighteenth century and was declared a NationalHistoricalMonument in 1974. Today, it houses the Museo de Arte Religioso (ReligiousArt Museum).

VicusMuseum
Intersection of Avenida Sullana and Jiron Huanuco. Telephone: (073) 32-7541. Visiting hours: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M; Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
There are three halls, Ceramic Hall, Metallurgical Technology Hall, and Hall of Gold, the last of which houses sixty-one gold pieces that demonstrate the development and technology reached by the Vicus.

Los Ejidos National Tourism Center
10 km / 6 miles from Piura (Approximately 15 minutes by car). Visiting hours: Sat. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
The center of this site is a pool of water, 20 km / 12 miles long, that was created by the damming of the PiuraRiver. Animals such as the iguana, the grey heron, the grebe, and the wild geese inhabit its shores.

Catacaos Town
12 km / 7 miles southwest of Piura (15 minutes by car)
This town is home to excellent artisans who work with straw and cotton fabrics, and also elaborate silver and gold filigree.

Fortaleza de Narihuala (Narihuala Fortress)
3 km / 1,8 miles from Catacaos (5 minutes by car). Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
It is considered to be the capital of the Tallan, a pre-Inca culture. The buildings are constructed of platforms of adobe with mud mortar and organized into four sectors. The total area covers 6 hectares.

Province of Talara

Mancora Beach Resort
187 km / 116 miles from Piura (2 hours by car) at kilometer marker 1164 of the Pan-American Highway North
Because of the warm water and radiant weather, this resort is considered to be one of the most important on the Peruvian coast. The waves make for perfect surfing and body boarding. The beach, located between the Fernandez (Mancora) and Cunulsa Breakers, is wide and features small wells depending on the amount of sea water infiltrating the area. Mancora has hostels, restaurants, surf shops, and handicraft stores.

Los Organos Beach
175 km / 109 miles north of Piura (2 hours by car) at kilometer marker 1152 of the Pan-American Highway North
This large, wide beach is located at the foot of the Peña Mala hill. There are small groves of carob trees and a dock for the professional fishermen.

Barro Pool
Northeast of Mancora (30 minutes by motorcycle-taxi, 2 hours by horse, 1 hour by bicycle, or 4 hours on foot)
A natural, hot water pool that has curative properties.

The Fernandez Breaker Pillars
West of the Barro Pool (1 hour and 30 minutes on foot from the village of Fernandez)
It contains three natural swimming pools, separated by small water falls. The place is popular with camping and nature lovers.

Cabo Blanco Beach
3 km / 2 miles from the District of El Alto (5 minutes by car) and 153 km / 95 miles north of Piura (2 hours and 15 minutes by car)
It is considered a marine paradise thanks to the wealth of plankton that feed a variety of fish, among these being the sword fish and the marlin. It is ideal for fishing, scuba diving, and surfing.

Punta Balcones
1 km / 0,6 miles from the city of Negritos, passing the San Pedro fishermen’s cove
This is a crescent shaped beach with crystal clear water and excellent waves just right for water sports like surfing and fishing. It is the home to fur seals of all sizes who make their dens in the rocks.

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SERVICES

Airport
Carlos Concha Iberico Airport
Avenida Corpac Piura Telephone: (073) 34-4503 / 34-4997
Talara Airport
Upper Talara Telephone: (073) 38-1604 / 38-1363

Land Transport
Terrapuerto
There is no bus terminal , but the majority of bus companies are located downtown.

HealthCenters
ReateguiHospital: Avenida Grau 1150. Telephone: (073) 33-1157. Attention: 24 hours
CayetanoHerediaHospital: Avenida Independencia, Castilla. Telephone: (073) 34-2648

Local Police
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

Craft Market
Catacaos: Calle Comercio
Morropon: La Encantada, Chulucanas.

Postal Service
-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
Regional Government of Piura www.regionpiura.gob.pe

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