Sullana is part of the territory where the tallan culture flourished, a culture formed by several ethnic groups that came from the andean gorges located in the Chira valley. It was at this territory that was founded the first Peruvian - Spanish city under the name of San Miguel de Tangara in 1532. But the real foundation of Sullana took place in 1732, under the name of El Principe. Even from the beginning this city stood out for its important development and agricultural production, since the geography of the valley, with fertile lands, favored the increase of this activity. The natural wealth of the Chira Valley attracted the interest of the mochica, chimu and inca populations, who dominated the tallanes in different periods. However the incan conquest lasted approximately half of a century due to the Spanish arrival, who colonized in a progressive way the territory of the pre-Hispanic Peru.
Travel tips for Sullana
-The city of Sullana is also called The Pearl of the Chira and the Girlfriend of the Sun, due to its tropical and very sunny climate.-The maximum temperature reaches 95 °F (35 °C) and the minimum drops to 59 °F (15 °C).-The river Chira goes through the north extreme of the city. The river is the main source for the development of the agriculture of the region.-Due to the strong hot and burning sun that you will feel in Sullana, it's obligatory that you have sunscreen to protect you from the UV radiation.-You can consider using a hat, sunglasses and to have cold water to avoid dryhing.The most common mean of transportation in Sullana is the mototaxi (a 3 tyres Peruvian vehicle). Don't be surprised to see a large number of them through all the urban area. It's not the most safe or recommended, but you can get to them mostly in any street and at a low-cost price (between s/ 0.5 and s/ 3). Another alternative to the mototaxi is the shared taxi, much more recommended and safe if you go to far away places of the center of the city, although it's possible that you travel with unknown people, unless you take a taki with 3 to 4 people. The cost of it will be between s/ 2 to s/ 4 per person.As in any northern town of Peru, the risks that the inexperienced traveller faces are the thefts, intoxications and natural added difficulty (natural disasters, changes in the weather, etc.). In order to not being a victim of thefts or lost of valuable objects, we recommend you to be cautious when taking a mototaxi, since some malicious mototaxi drivers take advantage of the service they cover to steal. Take mototaxis just from the central places and the ones that are in groups. Avoid to eat food in mobile shops or street markets in order to not being sick, since at those places the food is low-cost but the hygiene measures are nonexistent. Finally the natural disasters are isolated and non frequent events, but it's not bad to know that Sullana, due to its location and geography is susceptible of suffering earthquakes, droughts and floods (because of the overflowing of the Chira river).
Best time to visit Sullana
The best period to visit Piura is the summer, although the beaches are crowded in that period. There is always a nice weather, so you can also travel in July for the Fiestas Patrias celebration.
Climate in Sullana
Sullana has a desert climate. The average annual temperature is 75 °F (24°C). There aren't frequent rains, but the period when the city is more rainy goes from February to April.
Things to do in Sullana
Nightlife in Sullana
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Where to eat in Sullana?
Pollería Restaurante Don Carlos
Location: Calle Sucre 473 Hours: There is no information Price: There is no information This restaurant is one of the best examples of the typical gastronomy in Sullana, very popular among the frequent dinners due to the exquisite flavor of each of the dishes, the nice service of the staff and the low-cost rates. The creole and marine food is the specialty here, although among its varied offer we stand out the seco de chavelo and seco de cabrito con tamalito verde because of its unique seasoning and a meticulous preparation.
Cevichería Arriba Alianza
Location: Calle Ugarte 549 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Price: there is no information The best mackerel ceviche you will find in the Arriba Alianza restaurant, specialized in marine food in the different presentations. The place is little and not so welcoming, but due to the great flavor and quality of their dishes, the atmosphere becomes less important. The service is good, but since the plates are very well-prepared, the deliver of them can be slow. If you visit this place, try to taste the unique ceviche de caballa and cachemitas fritas, just a delight!
Location: Calle Ugarte 494 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Price: there is no information available
The tourist places to see in Sullana are:
Plaza de Armas of Sullana
Location: La Mar with Enrique Palacios - facing the municipality of Sullana. Hours: all day Price: free entrance The square is the meeting point where the main fairs and civic activities of Sullana take place. The environment of the square stands out among other cities of the north of Peru with its green areas, trees and calm places where the visitor will appreciate the fountain Pedro Fernandez, that launches illuminated water with lights of choreographied movement in the evening. It's a habit from the people of Sullana to join together at this square on Sunday after the evening mass to share and fraternize close to the monument of Bolognesi.
Iglesia Matriz de Sullana
Location: in front of the Plaza de Armas Hours: Monday to Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Price: free entrance It's a church of modern neoclassic style, that belongs to the parish of Santisima Trinidad, has an impressive tower of 138 feet (42 meters) of height and 2 bells that are known as Maria Carmen and Trinidad, both of high size. The church was built from 1942 to 1945, although once opened there were added more elements as the main nave and the bell tower. It's undoubtedly one of the fewels of the modern architecture of Peru that we recommend you to visit.
Location: between the Av. José de Lama and Enrique Palacios (at 656 feet/ 200 meters from the square). Hours: all day Price: free entrance This square has the name of the famous naval hero from the Guerra del Pacifico, Don Miguel Grau Seminario. One of the attractions that you will see is the bust in marble of the Almirante Miguel Grau, a monument that before that time was disputed between the authorities of the city of Piura and Sullana since it was of great iconic value and representative of the cultural identity in both cities
Museo de Sullana
Location: Plaza de Armas - Centro de Convenciones de Sullana Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Price: free entrance At this museum you will learn about the history of the Piura department through the pottery and metallurgical and archaeological objects of the main cultures that dominated the region of the Chira Valley, as tallanes and incas; but you will also see some pottery of cultures from the south coast (as the Nazca). You will find as well an impressive collection of old photographies where distinguished personalities of the history of Sullana appear.
Historic town of Tangara
Location: at 9 mi (15 km) from the city, at the right bank of the Chira river Hours: all day Price: free entrance This little village is well-known for being the first Spanish city founded in the Peruvian territory (1532) under the name of San Miguel de Tangarara. It's told that its name comes from the word Tallan Tangar Arac. In the center of the square you can appreciate an obelisk and on it a copy of the cross that the conqueror Francisco Pizarro used in the foundation act, so common at the beginning of the colonial period.
La Casona Sojo
Location: in the district of Miguel Checa, at 9 mi (15 km.) from the city. Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Price: free entrance This beautifual and old neoclassic architecture was declared Heritage National Monument. Its construction dates from 1919 and was made firstly in adobe and wattle and daub, although it was completed with marble and the best cane of Guayaquil. In its outskirts you can appreciate some huacas that are the main evidence of the inca's presence in the region.
The things to do in Sullana
Circuito Turístico Triángulo del Sol
Location: Sullana, Colan and Paita There are a lot of agencies in the city that sell tours through a route of summer, rich in beaches, warm climate and tourist attractions to be visited in a fast way. The tour lasts about 8 hours and starts in Sullana, with an exploration of the main tourist attractions of the city, to go later across the area of Colan beach with its calm sea and nearby interest places. The tour ends with the visit to the city of Paita, its pier, the dock and tourist sites as the church of San Francisco and the temple of La Merced.
Typical dishes in Sullana
Seco de Chavelo
When you taste this dish, your palate will taste unmistakable flavors as green banana well fried, dry cow meat, chilli pepper, spices, tomato and onions. You can accompany it with a refreshing chicha.
It's a plate very similar to the seco de chavelo, since it's prepared with green banana, but also with pumpkin and manioc. The word majar means to crush, so the name of the dish makes reference to its preparation where the ingredients are mashed and mixed up. It's eaten as the seco de chavelo, but without meat.
Sopa de novios
It's a delicious soup to love the seasoning of Sullana. The main ingredients that provide the unique flavor are garlic, onions, chilli pepper and spices that dress the water and the pasta called cabello de angel (angel's hair). To the soup it's added olives, in little pieces and mushed boiled egg. Some people like to add raisins to the soup.
Chicha de jora
It's the drink that cool down every typical lunch in Sullana. The origin of this drink, popular in different cities of the 3 regions of Peru, goes back to the period when the tallanes dominated the Chira Valley. It's prepared with corn that has just germinated and is left ferment for some days to intensify its effects and sweet and sour flavor.
How to reach Sullana
Sullana by train
There is no railway to get to Sullana nowadays.
Sullana by flight
Sullana does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is the one located in Piura. The Aeropuerto Internacional Capitan FAP Guillermo Concha Iberico is located at 1,2 mi (2 km) from Piura. The airlines that operate in the airport are Latam, Iberia, Avianca, Aeromexico, Copa Airlines and United Airlines. The distance from Piura to Sullana is 22 mi (35 km) that you can go through in half an hour.
Sullana by bus
You can get to Sullana by bus from the cities of Lima, Huaura and Piura (also from the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil). The bus operators that you will find covering the already mentioned routes are Oltursa, Excluciva, Tepsa and Civa.If you decide to start the route from Lima, you will find buses in those companies in a great variety of schedules, prices and types of services. The estimation of time of travel is 17 hours and the cost of the bus tickets is between s/ 70 and s/ 155 (the rates are just a reference, depending on the season the prices oscillate).
Accomodations in Sullana
Hotel El Churre
Location: Transversal Tarapacá 501 Rate: s/ 35 - s/ 45 This modest hotel is ideal to spend a night. There is not a lot of comfort for the traveller and the quality of the service of the personnel is far from the best, but the low-cost rates balance out it, since it covers the basic needs of a traveller that does not spend many nights in Sullana.
Location: Calle San Martín 738 Rate: s/ 83 - s/ 183 This hotel is an old and conserved mansion from one century ago, located in one of the central areas of the city, with access to the main shops and basic shops for all the travellers. Its rooms have TV, private bathroom and hot water. Besides that, in this building they rent bikes to go across the downtown of the city.
Hotel El Parque
Location: intersectioon between Dos de Mayo and Jose Galvez Price: between s/ 100 to s/ 221 This modern hotel is placed in the downtown of the city and has achieved the category of 3 stars. Its installations offer air conditioning to have more comfort in the warm period, a good wifi, bar, coffee shop, laundry service, garage, safebox and a large room for company's events.
Important dates in Sullana
Feria de Reyes
(January the 6th)
During the first two weeks of January is celebrated this commercial fair where arrive businessmen from Peru, Ecuador and Colombia to exhibit the best of their production. The origin of the fair is related to the cultural exchanges of the first settlers of the region of Chira's Valley. The central day is January the 6th, that coincides with the Epiphany date. The main activities where you can participate are the exhibitions (Peruvian and foreigner), cultural and religious events and a lot of trade. You will also see the famous Festival Internacional de la Cancion that joins locals, peruvian people and foreigners. You can find this celebration in one side of the road Sullana - Piura.