The city of Piura is included to the department Piura and to the province Piura
Presentation of the destination
Historically, the city of Piura has been home to the native peoples of Peru, the Tallanes and Yungas. The Tallanes and Yungas lived in the area before being ruled by Muchik culture which then blended together to form the Vicús culture. Hundreds of years later, the city of Piura was under the rule of Tupac Inca Yupanqui for around 40 years before the arrival of Spanish colonists in 1532.The culture you can see today in Piura is due to the arrival of the Spanish. The mestizo culture, as it is known, mixes the already existent cultures in Peru with the cultures of the southern Spanish regions of Extremadura and Andalusia. In addition to the mix of Peruvian and Spanish culture, the arrival of slaves from Africa, particularly Madagascar, added an African element to the culture and the appearance of the Chinese from Canton and Roma Gypsies make the culture of Piura what it is today.
Points of interests / things to see
The coastline by Piura and the fantastic weather that earned Piura the title of “the city of eternal heat” make this a fantastic area for those who enjoy surfing. While surfing is becoming more and more popular in Peru, the origins of surfing in this country date back to the original inhabitants of the country. Those native to Peru prior to the arrival of Spanish colonists would rely on the sea for food and fisherman would head out to sea on reed boats before returning to the shore with style and aplomb by riding the waves with the catch of the day.Of course, surfers now ride boards rather than the small reed boats that the ancient fisherman would have used and Piura is a surfing paradise where surfing takes place every month of the year.The surfing in Peru and around Piura is considered to be world-class and while it certainly favours those with experience in surfing, there are great opportunities for beginners to learn how to surf as there are many places that offer surfing lessons. There are also fantastic surfing tours that even the most experienced of surfers will enjoy as well as the popular Punta Sal, Organos, Cabo Blanco, and Nunura beaches, which are incredibly popular in the surfing community.
Nature lovers will enjoy the Kurt Beer Ecological Park. The park itself serves three main purposes and is not just for recreation and ecotourism, but also as a centre of education. The Kurt Beer Ecological Park covers 75 hectares and this vast area is dowsed in beautiful scenery where a great deal of animal species are protected and conserved. As well as the animal life protected, the centre also aims to protect a number of plant species native to Peru.While you can spend a lot of time enjoying the magnificent scenery of the park, guests can also play games on a number of sports fields that are present in the park. The park is a great place to spend with the family as while younger children may lose interest in the scenery, there are a number of activities to keep them occupied, including hayrides.Within the park is a small zoo where guests can see a great variety of animals. The park has deer, monkeys, bears, cats, otters, parrots, lions, horses, and lizards, to name a few. Families should have no problem spending an entire day at the Kurt Beer Ecological Park and because of this, it is a great attraction that every tourist to Piura should make the time to visit.
The centrepiece of Piura, like many Spanish-style cities, is the Plaza de Armas. The Plaza de Armas in Piura is a beautiful square and is considered not just one of the most beautiful places in Piura, but one of the most beautiful places in Peru.The Plaza de Armas is a beautiful court square surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers and in the past would host military parades. The tradition of these military parades is upheld every Sunday where the national flag of Peru will be hoisted and displayed in a wonderful ceremony of military precision and national pride.Piura’s Plaza de Armas is also the gem in the crown of Piura and the traditional meeting place for locals and visitors alike due to its central and convenient location within the city.The monument in the centre of the Plaza de Armas is the monument to freedom, known as “La Pola”, and the oldest monument in the city proper. “La Pola” was placed in the square during the Balta government in 1870. The monument is known as “La Pola” after the wooden statue of Policarpa Salvatierra that once stood there. Policarpa Salvatierra was a revolutionary heroine who helped gain independence for Colombia.
The Piura Cathedral is a fantastic and wonderful cathedral and basilica in the centre of Piura. La Basílica Catedral de Piura, to use its Spanish name, is a wonderful example of baroque art and architecture. The cathedral itself and is estimated to be between 330 and 350 years old and operated as the main altar of the basilica. The altarpiece in the church is of Our Lady of Fátima and is thought to be one of the first constructed in the world.The pulpit in the cathedral is also a sight to behold and is considered to be artistically valuable as it is carved from solid wood and covered in gold leaf. The altar, which is also plated with gold, was made by Julian Alagna, a Spanish artist, in the year 1960.The cathedral also hosts a number of valuable paintings, specifically the San Martin de Porres by Ignacio Merino, a famous Peruvian painter. While the Merino painting depicts a miracle and is an impressive piece, the Basílica Catedral de Piura also houses the painting of the Holy Conception dating back to the latter half of the 17th century and a number of smaller painting from the Cuzco School which can also be seen on display inside the cathedral.
For those wishing to learn more about the city, the region, and the country of Peru, the Museo Municipal Vicus is a fantastic place to start. The museum has been open since May 18, 2001, and since then it has imparted knowledge to both locals and tourists in Piura. There are around 2700 pieces from the Vicus culture, including a famous collection of Frias gold and a number of pieces that explain the technological heritage of the ancient peoples of Peru.There are a number of rooms to visit in the museum and visitors can go from room to room in order to appreciate the vast number of objects on display. Within the Olleros Room, visitors can enjoy viewing a number of pieces excavated from graves, known as grave goods.The rooms each follow a theme or an archaeological classification, such as an entire room devoted to the early intermediate period of Vicús culture with a collection of pieces that is a great example of the culture of the region in and around Piura.The vast collection of the museum will allow visitors to spend a good deal of time in the museum as well as enjoying the fantastic pieces of pottery, metalwork and stonework, not to mention wonderful pieces from excavations of human remains.
History lovers will enjoy the fantastic birthplace of Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau. Grau, who was born on July 27, 1834, fought in the War of the Pacific against Chile between 1879 and 1883. Now Grau’s colonial home serves as a naval and maritime museum. Within the Casa Grau, visitors can learn about naval conflict as well as seeing a model of the British-built warship that was captained by Grau himself, the Huáscar.Entry to the museum is free and can be found on Calle Tacna, 662. For more information the museum, the museum can be contacted by telephone on (074) 326 541. The museum is open from 09:00 until 12:00 and 15:30 until 18:00 on weekdays and from 09:00 until 12:00 on weekends.
Arts and crafts lovers will appreciate the Centro Artesanal Norte, which can be found in the Villa Ostendorf. The building itself was declared a national monument and was restored prior to housing the arts and crafts centre as part of an initiative to preserve the architectural heritage of the city. The Centro Artesanal Norte can be found right in the heart and historic centre of the city of Piura. The centre is nestled on Calle Libertad just between the Plaza de Armas and the Plazuela Merino. Visitors should look to visit the Centro Artesanal Norte the same day they visit the Plaza de Armas.
Much like many of the other cities founded by the Spanish in Peru, the church in Piura was founded by the Franciscan order. The Iglesia de San Francisco is a beautiful church with a wonderful main altar. The main altar is constructed in an impressive neoclassical style surrounded by columns. The church is particularly unique given the wooden seating on the side whereby the monks would watch ceremonies, services, and masses. There is also a pretty bell tower which houses two bells. While the Iglesia de San Francisco is hardly as impressive as the cathedral, it is a beautiful sight and if you have the time, you should certainly pay it a visit.
If you are visiting Piura and have both time and money to spare, the shops in the Plaza del Sol Shopping Centre will always be happy to take your money. Of course, there is no obligation to spend any money in the mall and some guests may just prefer wandering through the shopping centre and doing a bit of window shopping.Guests who do not wish to purchase anything from the retail chains can dedicate a couple hours of their time taking in a film at the cinema present in the shopping centre. The shopping centre also has an area for restaurants where visitors can pick up a bite to eat.
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How to get there ?
The best way to reach Peru from outside of the country is by air. The Piura airport operates only domestic flights to and from the Peruvian city of Chiclayo and Peru’s capital, Lima. This means that in order to get near Piura by air, visitors will be required to first fly to either of these cities. The airport at Lima operates direct flights to South America and to the US and Canada, most of which are operated by Avianca. Connecting flights are available to and from the major cities in the Caribbean, in Europe, and in Asia. However, once in Peru, it is highly recommended to travel by bus.There are a number of national bus services that run the length and breadth of Peru and even to the bordering nations. Most of the national buses operate from Lima to Tumbes, with the journey taking around four and a half hours. Transportes Loja operates a bus service between Loja and Piura three times a day with the journey taking around 8 to 9 hours.The prices for these bus services are very reasonable and while the journeys can be somewhat long and arduous, a number of services offer sleeper seats on the “Especial” service.
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