The city of Piura, capital of the department of the same
name, is located in the Piura River valley, in the extreme northern
part of the Sechura desert. The land is known for its beautiful
valleys, deserts, huge coasts, and magnificent bays. It is
a hot land where the summer basically never ends and the carob trees
serve two purposes for the locals by offering its fruit and trunk,
and also offering a generous amount of shade under which to relax.
The area has an interesting historical past. The most
important culture that grew in the region of Piura was the Vicús,
which stood out because of its ceramics and delicate gold and silver
In 1532, Francisco Pizarro came upon the Tangarara
Valley, and the shoreline of the Piura River, where he established
the first Spanish City by the name of San Miguel. Later, he moved
the city to the high forest of Los Padres (Chulucanas), and then
to the port of Paita, before pirates besieged and took over the
area, when don Juan de Cadalso definitively founded the actual city
of Piura, giving it the name of San Miguel de Piura del Villar.
February 4, 1821 proclaimed the independence of Piura.
The many tourist options offered in the area are concentrated
in two places, places created specifically for interests within
nature, culture, the humanities, technical/engineering, art, and
In the heart of the commercial region the Cathedral
governs the life of the city, where on the high altar you can appreciate
works done by painter Ignacio Merino. In front of the Cathedral,
in the Plaza de Armas, is the "Pola", the white statue
of "La Libertad" that was donated by President Balta in
A few steps from the Plaza de Armas, in a well guarded building
is a museum that was the house where Admiral Miguel Grau was born,
the hero of the Battle of Angamos. Here one can feel the sensation
as if time had stood still.
The Municipal Museum of Architecture in Piura and Museum of Religious
Arte are also worth seeing. La Paloma de la Paz (The Dove of Peace)
was constructed in 1982 by the Piuran sculptor Victor Delfin.
1035 Km (643 mi) from Lima.
How to get
Piura is connected to Lima and several other cities on the coast
by the North Panamerican Highway.
Cathedral of Piura, San Francisco Church, Museum of Art, Museum
of Admiral Grau and cemetery, Municipal Museum of Architecture
Walking/Hiking, photography, culture.
Accommodation, hikes, transportation.
Ruins of Narihualá, Paita, Sechura, La Huaringas, Ruins
of Aypate, Archaeological area of Vicús, Cerro Amotape
National Park, San Pedro Beach, San Pablo Beach, etc.