Beaches and a never-ending summer in Piura, Peru
Piura is Best For
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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 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.
Location: Located in the north of Peru, and shares a border with Ecuador in the north-east. Most of the land is coastal (desert and dry forest ecosystems), and there are some towns and villages in the mountains (moorland and cloud forests).Size: 35,891 km2 (13,858 sq.miles).
Surrounded by tamarind plants that were brought from the Yapatera estate and sowed from 1870 onwards. Located in the center of the plaza is the 'Pola,' a marble statue representing freedom that was donated by President José Balta around 1870.
San Francisco Church
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.
Admiral Miguel Grau Museum and House
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.
Bust of Admiral Miguel Grau, a National Hero
The Carmen Church
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 colored effigies. There are also large paintings that are presumed to belong to the Quito school, depicting the fathers of the Catholic Church.
Founded in 1588 and dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption (Our Lady of the Assumption) and Saint Michael the Archangel (Saint Michael the Archangel). The site features a Churrigueresque altarpiece with the Virgin of Fatima 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.
This hot northern city has been added to the list of luxury destinations. With its white sandy beaches and turquoise-blue sea, it only gets rave reviews from visitors. Investment in hotels and first-class services has been in the millions over the last few decades. This natural paradise has been improved further by luxury infrastructure that ensures rest, along with the famous local cuisine and entertainment under the sun. The most luxurious accommodation in Máncora and Vichayito, boutique hotels for couples only, with spa, steam rooms, massage treatments for couples, jacuzzis overlooking the sea, private terraces with pools next to the lounge bar and horseback-riding.
Hotels with family suites and connected rooms, lounge bar areas, outdoor dining areas, terraces facing the beach, play areas and children's activities. Journeys to and from the airport are in comfortable cars with air conditioning and champagne included.