|Piura||36 m.a.s.l||Dry tropical|
|Anniversary||Best time to visit||Main destinations from Piura|
|August 15th||August, September, and October||Lima, Mancora, Zorritos, Rioja, Tumbes|
The best period to visit Piura is from September to November, a period when the temperature stays below 77 °F (25 °C) and there are several important dates that are celebrated.
-Many towns of the Piura department, and among them Paita, Talara, Sechura, Piura, Chulucanas, Morropón and Ayabaca, have an arid and warm weather, without rains throughout the year and a half atmospheric humidity.-The minimum temperature is 61 °F (16 °C) and the maximum 93 °F (34 °C).
Location: 634, Arequipa street
Hours: open from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
This bar is a place to listen and dance the best music, hits of all times. They have also food in case you want to take a snack.
Location: Jr. San Ramón with Av. Panamericana A3
Hours: from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
It’s a place that you can enjoy having drinks with friends.
Location: Avda. Sánchez Cerro
Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to the early morning
It’s a nightclub with the best music and dancing atmosphere.
Location: 579, Ayacucho street
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Price: about 30 soles per person
At this restaurant they are specialists in creole food. We recommend the dish “arroz con pato” (rice with duck), if you go on Sunday to the restaurant.
Location: 786, Tacna street
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Price: 20-50 soles the dish, 5 to 12 soles the coffee
Capuccino has a lovely dinning room where you can try traditional, classic dishes for lunch or dinner. Don't leave without trying the shrimp grilled in olive oil.
Location: 1001, Libertad street
Price: around 40 soles per person
At this restaurant we recommend the classical ceviche and cabrito con frejoles (kid with a kind of beans). They offer an assorted menu of fish from the area, cooked on the most traditional way.
Location: 362, Huancavelica street, in front of the Plaza de Armas of Piura
Hours: open everyday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Price: free entrance
The cathedral of Piura was built in 1588. The largest altar was sculpted by the Spanish sculptor Julián Alagua, of plateresque style, and substitutes the ancient baroque altar, which was destroyed by the earthquake in 1912.
Location: 662, Tacna street
Hours: Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price: free entrance. But you must sign on the visitors registration book
The Grau House is where the admiral Miguel Grau was born in 1834 and he passed part of his childhood. He was a Peruvian hero on the war against Chile. The house harbour numerous objects that belonged to the admiral and are part of Peru’s history.
Location: 893, Huánuco, crossing with Jr. Sullana
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 9.00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Price: 2.5 soles for the public in general
The Gold Museum Vicus exhibits gold objects, among the ones a gold belt with cat heads in real size stands out.
Location: It’s located at 4 mi (7 km) to the south-west of Piura
Hours: open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Price: there is no information
This park is an educational and ecological tourism center. There you can enjoy observing its wealthy in flora and fauna (deers, glasses bears, wild cats, red headed parrots and boote eagles among others); besides that it offers the possibility of going on a boat ride and make excursions.
Location: 7 mi (12 km) at the south-west of Piura
Hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How to get there: Take a bus at 1 sol and that takes 15 minutes
Catacaos is characterized for its cotton and textile on straw production and for the gold filigree in gold and silver. Catacaos is also famous for its gastronomy: we recommend you to taste its specialties as the “seco de Chabelo”. Besides that, if you go in Easter, the Catacaos processions have a good name.
The north of Peru has numerous beaches famous for their waves, that attract the surf lovers around the world. Beaches as Cangrejos, Máncora and Órganos are the favourite destination of surfers.They propose also horse rides through the beaches.
Location: Quebrada Fernández, at 10 minutes from MáncoraThere are many adventure activities that can be done: a canopy circuit (you slide through cables on air, with a harness that holds it). It’s also a sighting of birds.
For the bravest, at the desert of Sechura you can make motocross.At the Yacida beach, you can practice rappel. Mountain cycling in Huancabamba. You can surf in sand as well in the Médalo Blanco dune.
This dish is made with boiled mannioc mashed with chilly pepper and served with pork rind.
It’s a delicious dish, original from the Chulucanas. Among the ingredients, we can find the green banana, smoked meat or “cecina”, seasonned fresh meat, onion, tomato, coriander, dried chilly pepper, boiled mannioc and “cancha” (a sort of dried corn). Just delightful!
It’s a classical dish where the fish is seasonned with salt, “chicha de jora” (a sort of alcoholic drink) and pepper.
Chifles are fried banana chips.
|Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca||(October)||For this festival thousands of pilgrims from northern Peru and southern Ecuador flock to Ayabaca to demonstrate their fidelity to the Cristo Cautivo. This is not to be missed, and if you're adventurous and like to get to know people, we recommend participating in the pilgrimage.|
|Semana Jubilar de Piura||(October,1st to 9th)||Piura offers the best musical, handmade and gastronomic repertoire to celebrate this festival where artistic performances and social and cultural events become daily.|
|San Clemente Fair||(November, the 23rd)||Festival in honour of the Señor de los Milagros de San Clemente. It's known for its joyful atmosphere and the active participation of its attendees. The most noteworthy of all the various activities is the bullfighting.|
|Día de la Algarrobina||(March, the 15th)||The carob tree (prosopis pallida), representative of Piura, is the most important forest tree (from an economical point of view) of the dry forests in the Peruvian North-East. In this area large and leafy trees of carob grow and their fruit is the raw material for the production of the famous “algarrobina”. At this festival they make a competition to the best algarrobina cocktail, a competition to the biggest pod of carob tree, and even dishes based on algarrobina.|
|Virgen de las Mercedes||(September, the 24th)||A festival that joins a large number of devotees who make a long pilgrimage from various places to renew their faith and keep their promises before the Virgin. The celebration is accompanied by processions and parades, among other cultural activities that bring together locals and visitors from different areas of the region and the country.|