The pre-Columbian history of the region shows that the territory was dominated by Tupac Yupanqui, although there was a great resistance by the settlers of the place. It was a crossing point for the Spanish troops on their way to Cajamarca, and afther the conquest they settled in the territory. Chulucanas was part of the Yapatera property for more than 200 years, until in 1839 it was declared an independant town by the Huancayo Congress. In 1866 was created the district of Yapatera and was declared capital of Chulucanas.There was a debate in 1935, the time when it was being decided the legal system of those lands, since Yapateras and Morropon wanted to become the province in charge of those territories; then the settlers of Chulucanas were opposed and argued that the province should have its name for being a bigger town and with more trade. Everything ended in 1936 with the Law 8174, during the Oscar R. Benavides government, when it was declared the creatioon of the Morropon province, whose capital would be Chulucanas.
Travel tips for Chulucanas
-Using pale color clothes and cotton clothes will help to maintain you cold to support the heat of the city; it's recommended not to forget the sunscreen against the UV rays.-When you approach the river, it will be useful a repellent of insects.The most common mean of transportation in the city is the mototaxi, but there are also taxis, buses and the locals get around by motorbikes and vans.The lowest rate that you obtain travelling by mototaxi is s/ 0,50 in short distances. The cost of the public transportation is about s/ 1, depending on your destination. To get around by taxi the cost goes from s/ 3 to s/ 10, depending on how far is the place where you want to go to, and it's usually faster and more direct. Keep in mind that you can negotiate with the driver before boarding the vehicle.The downtown of the city is quite safe, while the far away areas or surrounded by vegetation can be a place where the thieves take advantage to commit thefts and assaults. When the night arrives, you should be cautious in areas without pavement, since there can occur thefts by motorbike.
Best time to visit Chulucanas
The best time to visit Chulucanas is in June, for the Feria Agropecuaria Artesanal (agriculture and livestock fair, with lots of activities to participate in).
Climate in Chulucanas
-The climate in Chulucanas is desert and has an average temperature of 77 °F (25 °C).-There is a rainy season that goes from January to April, being the most rainy March; the rest of the year is nearly dry.
Things to do in Chulucanas
Nightlife in Chulucanas
Location: Ca. Junín 1345 Hours: no available information Price: no available information Enjoy dancing in all the rooms of the nightclub Faborit, enjoy a fun night with your travel mates and taste drinks and cocktails that are provided in the bar while you listen to the live invited DJ; there are also themed parties with special artists from all around the country.
Location: Calle María Parado de Bellido #100 - Int. 2 Hours: 03:00 p.m. to 03:00 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays Price: no available information Discover this new proposal of amusement in hours morning-night listening the mixes of the best DJs from the area, taking the most refreshing drinks and varied cocktails of the drinks menu and enjoy dancing with your friends until late at night.
Where to eat in Chulucanas?
Restaurante Cevicheria El Riojano
Location: Jr. Ica 100 Morropón Hours: 08:00 a.m. - 16:00 p.m. Price: no available information Enjoy the gastronomic experience of Chulucanas with the diversity of dishes that you can taste at this ceviche restaurant. We recommend you seco de chabelo, seco de pollo, pescado rebozado, tacacho con cecina, among others.
Restaurante La 26
Location: Jr. Ica N°809. Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 19:00 p.m. Price: no available information There is a great offer of ceviches, shellfish, soups and rices with fresh fishes. La 26 waits for you in a welcoming place and the special seasoning of Piura.
Location: Libertad 656 Hours: no available information Price: no available information The Chepeano has 26 years of experience and propose diverse dishes from the jungle and from the mountains; one of the specialties is the ceviche. Its a tidy place with a pleasant service.
The tourist places to see in Chulucanas are:
Plaza de Armas
Location: downtown of the city, crossing point of Jr. Apurimac with Libertad Hours: all day Price: free entrance The main square receives all the visitors who can enjoy the gardens that include plants from the area, resting under the shadow of the intense heat of the city and to have a fast access to diverse places of interest in the city. Close to the square you can find the Cathedral of Sagrada Familia, which has a plain but attractive desing.
Location: at 1312 feet (400 meters) from the Plaza de Armas Hours: all day Price: free entrance Its a natural viewpoint that offers a beautiful view of the whole city of Chulucanas. The Nananique hill was declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation since there were found archaeological remains of ceremonial temples and semi underground houses, which could be a sign of a culture that settled the place. However, thos remains are covered up, since the authorities are not interested in the area and the human settlements located nearby can harm them.
Location: in the outskirts of the city Hours: all day Price: free entrance This river allows to the travelers to do natural routes while in its banks you can contemplate the diversity of plants and trees of the area. The weekends the locals swim in the waters if and when its flow is not so high.
Archaeological hill Vicus
Location: close to the property Guasimal Hours: no available information Price: no available information This hill was an important ceremonial center to the Vicus culture, and besides there are recognized burial places where there have been found graves with the shape of a boot, what makes imagine that down there were put diverse funeral offerings. Its not possible to obtain clear details of the area, due to the constant sacking that suffered in previous periods, but there are signs of worked metal tools and human bodies in a rare state called land of dead, which is a dark color dust that apparently is due to the incineration of the human body.
The town of La Encantada
Location: at 3,10 mi (5 km) from the city of Chulucanas Hours: all day Price: free entrance Its one of the most important handicrafts center of the region, of which pottery objects have its origin in the vicus culture. Costumbrist images are drawn as well as the lifestyle of the settlers and their traditions, although in the last years the locals have painted also more modern scenes, without abandon the art that characterizes them.
River La Pilca
Location: the town of Panecillos, at 6,2 mi (10 km) from Chulucanas Hours: no available information Price: no available information Enjoy the crystalline and cold waters of this river where you will have a relaxing and refreshing moment to face the heat of the Piura environment. In the surroundings there is also access to beaultiful river pools surrounded by nature.
The things to do in Chulucanas
Go through the motocross circuit
Location: Motocross circuit of Yapatera Chulucanas This sport has been practiced in the area due to its ideal field to do impressive jumps and for being a natural and challenging obstacle land. In the route it can occur falls and hits, but the excitement and adrenalin that you feel when jumping in the air with the motorbike compensate all of it.
Location: La Encantada The district of Chulucanas is specialized in the creation of flashy ceramics with the style called in negative, which gives a special feature to the produced piece, being black the predominant color. In different places of the city and in nearby towns you can acquire those pieces which have a fine finish and are product of the vicus and tallan cultures style. Some objects are not just decoratives, but also useful as vases and jugs.
Typical dishes in Chulucanas
It's similar to the pachamanca serrana, a dish made of the mutton head and leg; it's seasoned with garlic, chili pepper, coriander, salt and pepper, among other ingredients and a clay pot is put in a hot oven with carob tree firewood. It's served with potato and lettuce leafs, an unforgettable flavor!
Seco de Cabrito
Small pieces of kid meat seasoned with tomato, garlic, salt and pepper, with rice, beans or manioc give to this dish a special flavor, don't you miss it during your step in Chulucanas. You can also eat it with a tamal verde (a salty corn pastry).
Seco de chabelo
Delicious fried banana slices that are seasoned with garlic, pepper, cumin, chilly pepper, onion and tomato go with a dried meat that can be frayed or grounded and is served with potato and lettuce, an exquisite to taste in Chulucanas.
Fresh fish cut in pieces that the locals add salt, pepper, and coriander, lemon juice and the not to be missed spicy flavor of the large chili. This dish is quite refreshing to face the heat of the city and served with the called canchita -a famous Peruvian garnish- and sweet potato.
Chicha de jora
It's a drink from the Inca's period, made of ferment corn and of unique flavor, reason why it's not rare that in the Incan period this drink was taken in ceremonies and important events.
How to reach Chulucanas
Chulucanas by train
There is no railway to Chulucanas nowadays.
Chulucanas by flight
As the city of Chulucanas does not have its own airport, the airport that is closest to Chulucanas is the airport of Piura. The airport of Piura has direct flights from Lima, a travel that takes just 1hour and 40 minutes. The airlines that provide the route are Lan, Avianca and Peruvian Airline. Once in Piura, you can get to Chulucanas in about 1h 15 minutes by terrestrial means of transportation.
Chulucanas by bus
The distance from Lima to Chulucanas is 647 mi (1041 km). The travel by bus from Lima to Chulucanas is provided by the company Civa. There are several schedules to choose for your travel from 3:00 p.m. to 4:25p.m. and various rates, from US$ 22 to US$ 32. The buses leave from the terminals of Plaza Norte or Paseo de la Republica. The travel takes approximately 16 hours.
Accomodations in Chulucanas
Gran Hostal Plaza
Location: Calle Apurimac 771 Rate: no available information
Location: Jr.. Ica 209 Rate: no available information.
Hotel Sol del Valle
Location: Jr. Ayacucho y Jr. Ica Rate: no available information Close to the downtown of the city you can lodge in the rooms of Sol del Valle. Spend a comfortable night with the services of private bathroom, cable TV, wifi, snack bar, room service. You can also enjoy its restaurant called La Oficina, that you can access being a guest or not.
Hotel Rio Grande
Location: Jr. Lambayeque 502 Rate: no available information Its placed in one of the most exclusive areas of Bogota and their excellent service is a great option for the demanding traveler. In the large and modern rooms you will have wifi, a good light, large windows with the best view, furniture, minibar and a plasma TV. Furthermore, you can taste everyday the best buffet breakfast (although there is not a great variety). In the counter you can get information about each of the tourist places to visit.
Hotel El Diamante
Location: Jr. Puno N° 300 Rate: no available information Its an exclusive hotel with large rooms where each room has a unique design to have an unforgettable experience. The rooms have TV, wifi, a minibar, laundry service, a garage and a snakc bar to take a coffee or other infusions in good company, one of the varied cocktails.
Important dates in Chulucanas
Anniversary of the Morropon province
Once a year is celebrated the anniversary of the politic creation of the province that includes parades, beauty competitions, artists presentations and music shows which commemorate this important date.
Fiesta de San Sebastián o San Chabaquito
Its a religious celebration that worships San Sebastian, also called Chabaquito; during this period it usually rains and in the past it didnt rain or it rained too much the legend says the locals had to wash the image in the river. The celebration starts in Yapatera, but the spectators go to Chulucanas. During the celebration days there are food shops in the streets, devoted and not devoted who celebrate the important date and there are various religious activities.
Its a religious festival that join the catholic people to commemorate the sacrifice of Jesus in the cross and his divine rebirth; there is a crowded procession with the image of the Lord throughout the streets, there are masses and open-air dances and the people contemplate the burning of castles with fireworks as a party while music bands go with them during the route.
Feria Agropecuaria Artesanal
In June takes place the agriculture and livestock handicraft fair, where diverse artisans and artists exhibit their works in order to not forgetting the importance of this art. Besides that, as part of the event there are passacaglia, pottery competitions, painting, folcklore groups, games for children, among other activities to cheer up the spectators.