Piura Main Tourist Attractions

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Beautiful sunset at Mancora beach, Piura

The Cathedral of Piura

It was founded in 1588, and dedicated to the Virgin of Assumption and Saint Michael Archangel. Inside, there is a baroque altar of the Virgin of Fátima, carved in cedar wood from Nicaragua and covered with gold sheets, which probably was one of the first in Peru. The Main Altar was rebuilt by the Spanish sculptor Julián Alagua, after the 1912 earthquake, in accordance with the plateresque style. As the Mother Church, the Cathedral holds Piura’s parochial archives.

The Admiral Miguel Grau’s Museum House

The Admiral Miguel Grau, hero of the Pacific War against Chile (1879), was born and lived in that house which is composed of four rooms and a library, where pictures, letters, diplomas and documents are exposed, along with the furniture used by the Great Admiral.

Catacaos

12 km. South-west of the city of Piura (15 minutes by car), is that village of excellent craftspeople dedicated to weaving straw and cotton fabrics, as well as to the elaboration of gold and silver fine pieces of work.

The Archaeological Complex of Narihualá

From the locality of Catacaos, there are 3 km. to get to the archaeological site (5 minutes by car). Narihualá is considered as the main urban center of a local pre-Incan culture called Tallán. The constructions are delimited by platforms of sun-dried mud bricks, with mud cement, and organized in four sectors. Its total surface is of 6 hectares, and its construction shows Chimú influence. It also has a Site Museum.

The Huaringas Lagoons (3,957 m.a.s.l.)

Las Huaringas is a circuit of 14 lagoons, located in the Huamaní Mountain Range, at 3,950 m.a.s.l., pertaining to the Province of Huancabamba, and which were converted, since ancestral times, into one of Peru’s most magnetic places, due to the energetic potency, as well as healing and magical powers they concentrate, according to what thousands of visitors and knowledgeable people in Andean esoterism, say. However, there are two lagoons preferred by the healers and shamans, to do their healing work: The Shimbe Lagoon, in which Flourishing Baths are performed, and the Black lagoon, where all kinds of healing and magic are done.

Huaringa is an Aymara word which comes from the word Huari, meaning thick liquid or also God of Strength. It is said that the Huaringas´ freezing cold waters have healing properties, and by means of the rites performed by the healers or shamans, many people were cured from health problems, as well as from love and poverty related problems. In that part of Peru, the esoteric tradition is millenary and it stands out thanks to the eloquent descriptions made by the chroniclers, as well as that of thousands of travelers who visited the place.

In order to get to that magical place, from the locality of Huancabamba, one goes by bus to the hamlet of Salalá, in about 2 hours and a half, followed by a 15 km. stretch, on mules or on foot, to the Shimbe and Black lagoons, which takes from two to three hours, respectively. There are fourteen lagoons famous for their medicinal properties, and the main one, the Black Lagoon or Huaringa (The meaning of which in Spanish is The Inca's Lagoon), gives its name to all of them and it is the favorite of the majority of healers. Meanwhile, the lagoon called Shimbe or Siviricuche (Turquoise Lake) is the largest and the only one in which fishing is authorized. The area’s climate is very cold, as well as the water’s temperature, and all around, the ichu grows, along with the chilhua, totora fields and bushes like the vilco and quinahuiro.

The Cascade of Citán

5 km. from the village of Sóndor, this cascade, with 25 meters in height, is located in the Curlata Gorge (2,600 m.a.s.l.). It is recommended to visit it during the dry season.

The Chira Valley

It is located 39 km. north of the city of Piura (45 minutes by car). It shelters rice fields, lemon tree plantations and palm trees from Marcavelica. It also is a propitious place for the practice of aquatic sports, such as jet-ski or boat rides. In the heart of the valley, lies the city of Sullana, known as the Chira’s Pearl.

The El Angolo Hunting Estate

It is located 115 km. North of the city of Sullana (2 hours by 4x4 pickup truck), with an area of 65,000 hectares, of which only 10,200 are fenced. It extends on part of the Amotape Mountain Range’s foothills. The landscape is dominated by a dry forest and a set of gorges and hills. The altitude varies between 540 m.a.s.l., in the hamlet of El Angolo, and around 1,613 m.a.s.l., on top of Mount Carrizal. It shelters a varied fauna, among which 17 species of mammals stand out, like the white tail deer, puma (Mountain lion), wild cat, sajino, squirrel and the ant eater bear.

There are 150 species of birds, such as the condor, royal vulture, sparrow hawk, kestrel, mountain partridge and doves, as well as 13 species of reptiles, 7 of amphibians and 10 of fish.

Among the flora, the carob tree stands out, along with the faique, palo santo, almond tree, polopolo frejolillo, ceibo, zapote and hualtaco. Hunting in the area, is regulated and controlled. This area is included in the North-western Biosphere Reserve, recognized by the UNESCO, since March 1st 1977.

The Amotape Mountains National Park

It is located 90 km. North of the city of Sullana (1 and a half hour by car), nearby the hamlet of El Papayo; control checkpoint and access way to the park which is shared between the regions of Piura and Tumbes, and covers a territory of 91, 300 hectares, presenting variable altitudes, between 200 and 1,613 m.a.s.l. It has a geographical relief marked by hills and mountains of the Brea or Amotape Mountain Range, with an average annual temperature of 24? C.

This dry equatorial forest shelters a great biological diversity, and among the most characteristic trees, carobs, hualtacos, charanes, zapotes, pasallos and guayacanes. The wild fauna is also very rich in species representative of the tropical forest, of arid areas and the Andean Cordillera, among which the Andean condor stands out, as well as the tigrillo, red deer, sajino, grey deer, white-necked squirrel and red-headed parakeet. The park is part of the North-western Biosphere Reserve.

San Pedro’s Mangroves (San Isidro Cove or Beach)

They are situated 45 km. South-west of the city of Piura (25 minutes by car), and cover 1,500 hectares, of which 400 are mangroves. The geographical relief is flat in the mangrove and rolling in its surroundings, due to the presence of dunes, and very near, the Sechura River runs parallel to the coast, in its last five kilometers.

There, the river’s original delta filled up with sand, forming a barrier which prevents it to directly get to the sea. This deviation originated, towards the North, a strip of marine bank which varies between 200 and 350 meters in width and forms the river’s right margin. The most abundant vegetation is the black mangrove tree, and the fauna is characterized by the presence of 17 bird families. On the Southern side of San Pedro, we get to the Chulliyachi Cove (Caleta de Chulliyachi), located only 8 km. west of the city of Sechura. This cove is very frequented during the summer.

The Colán Beach

It is located 65 km. West of the city of Piura (55 minutes by car) or 15 km. from the city of Paita (10 minutes by car). It is a sandy beach, with calm and warm waters.

The seaside resort is characterized by its wooden houses located on stone terraces and raised on piles, and from their balconies, one can contemplate some of the best sunsets on the Peruvian coast.

The Los Órganos Beach

It lies 175 km. North of the city of Piura (2 hours by car), at the level of Km. 1,152 of the North Panamerican Road. It is a long and broad beach located at the foot of Mount Peña Mala. In that area, one can appreciate small patches of carob trees and a handmade pier for fishermen.

Máncora’s Seaside Resort

It is situated 187 km. from the city of Piura (2 hours by car), at the level of Km. 1,164 of the North Panamerican Road. With its warm waters and excellent sun, this seaside resort is considered as one of the most important on the Peruvian coast. Its waves stand out, as they are perfect for the practice of the Hawaiian board and body board.

The beach, located between the Fernández (Máncora) and Cunulsa gorges, is broad and characterized for presenting small pools which depend on the sea’s infiltrations. Máncora is equipped with hostels, restaurants, surfing board rental shops and handicraft centers.

The Cabo Blanco Beach

It lies 3 km. West of the District of El Alto (5 minutes by car), and 153 km. North of Piura (2 hours and 15 minutes by car). It is considered as a marine paradise, thanks to the richness of its plankton which propitiates a greater diversity of fish and marine mammals, among which the golden swordfish and merlín stand out, as well as certain species of cetaceans.

The place is ideal for altitude and underwater fishing, as well as for surfing.

The Vicús Archaeological Zone

The archaeological complex is situated 7 km. South-east of the locality of Chulucanas, on Mount Vicús and surroundings (10 minutes by car), and is a sample of the development of an important culture which left precious works in goldsmith work and ceramics. It encompasses the Vicús and Yecala mountains (50 km. from Piura).

The Vicús Museum

It contains 3 halls: The Olleros Hall, Metallurgic Technology Hall and Gold Hall which shelters a collection of 61 gold objects which show the development and technological progress reached by the Vicús culture.

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