Around Piura




Port located on the Pacific coast, 60 km west of the city of Piura. Founded by the Spanish in 1532 under the name San Francisco de Paita of Good Hope. Many of its houses and churches of the colonial era. Its modern port operates modern movement of large ships, fishing complex, canneries marine and fishing port.


Edificio de la Aduana (Custom Building): Located in Av. de La Merced de Paita. Old colonial building and nineteenth-century Republican, owned by the National Customs Superintendency.


Manuela Sáenz House: Located in Jr. Nuevo del Pozo N° 390. Considered historical place for having been the home of Manuela Sáenz, the woman who captivated the Liberator Simón Bolívar.


Paita bay: a picturesque bay, also called "Window of Paita" by the incomparable view offered.


Elba Aranda de Sarango Museum: It consists of five exhibition halls, two theaters of Paleontology (fauna of the Pleistocene), Archaeology room, a living room and a Republican History of famous people.


Colán Beach

Emerald of Colan. Located 65 km west of the city of Piura (55 minutes by car) and 15 Km from Paita (10 minutes by car). Sandy beach with calm waters and warm, ideal for windsurfing and boating. The spa is known for its wooden houses located on stone terraces and raised on stilts, from whose balconies are seen some of the best sunsets on the Peruvian coast. Good hostels and restaurants specializing in sea food. Famous for the saying "the sun of Colán and the moon of Paita" for its beautiful sunsets and the beautiful view of the moon over the harbor. The southern part of the spa called Las Palmeras (The Palms).


The traditional summer resort for Piura residents. Built in the 1950s in the style of the old coastal residences, the village is known for its typical mansions with terraces raised on wooden beams, shaded by decades-old palm trees. The sea is clear and warm, while every evening provides a fabulous sunset. Stingrays are common here, which is why visitors are advised to enter the water dragging their feet (a practical local solution). Access and services: the beach is reached via a paved detour off the Pan-American Highway north of Piura at kilometer 989 headed for Paita. What better than to try a cebiche (raw fish marinated in lemon juice) by the sea together with traditional tamales (cornmash pastries). Apt for all vehicles.


St. Luke of Colán Church: Data from the sixteenth century and is baroque. Considered the first church built in the South Pacific and possessor of an important artistic heritage. He is currently recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Frescoes, representing passages of life, passion and death of Christ, and are reflected in its walls, interior walls, columns and ceilings. The paintings attributed to J. Gismondo dating from 1905, among them we can appreciate: "The Sacred Family", "The Guardian Angel" and "Santo Domingo". In the nave of the church stands the paintings: "Ascension of the Virgin" and the "Gospel of the crucified Chris " and "Descent from the Cross". Also known as the Sistine Chapel of Paita.


Yacila Beach

17 km south of the town of Paita (25 minutes by car). Fishing cove that becomes summer resort, enclosed between hills of rocks and sand dunes. Rappelling and sandboarding. Opposite the beach is Isla Foca (Seal Island) where you can see sea lions, penguins and many sea birds, ideal for underwater fishing.


Other beaches

Té para Dos (Beach Tea for Two): 1 km from the beach Yacila (15 min walk) Suitable for those seeking tranquility and solitude.


Playa Cangrejo (Crabs Beach): 2 km from the beach Yacila (30 minute walk) Small beach, sand and calm waters, ideal for swimming and water sports.


Playa Las Gaviotas (Gulls beach): 14.5 km south of the town of Paita (10 minutes by car). Sandy, very flat and calm and warm waters. It is surrounded by rocky elevations.


Caleta Miramar: 39 km north of the town of Paita, in the district of Vichayal (25 minutes by car). Town that stands out for its unique windmills, built by the villagers to lift the river water and irrigate their crops.


Caleta La Islilla: 22 km south of the town of Paita (30 minutes by car) located in front of Isla Foca, which concentrates a large number of sea lions, sea birds, penguins. Includes the beaches La Laguna, Hermosa and Gramitas.


Playa Las Gramitas: 10 minutes walk from Caleta La Islilla. Sandy and rocky, clear water. Black has many caves. Among the fauna, the famous sea lions and Humboldt penguins.


Bahía de Nonura

The beaches of Bayóvar are Peru’s last virgin beaches, and without a doubt, the most beautiful. Made up of sweeping, open bays or white granite rocky outcrops that spring out of the sand dunes, the beaches boast an extraordinarily clear blue sea teeming with dolphins, turtles and flocks of seagulls. Fishing here is superb, and sundown will enchant even the most seasoned traveler. Access and services: To enter the area, travelers will have to drive down a detour off Kilometer 886 of the North Pan-American Highway. The detour leads down to Bayóvar and then along the coast. A special permit, which is easy to get, must be obtained from state oil firm Petroperu S.A. at company headquarters in Lima or Piura. The wind picks up somewhat in the afternoons, so travelers are advised to pick a sheltered area to camp in. Apt only for 4WD vehicles.





Located east of the city of Piura, to 214 km, in the Andean region to 1.933 m.a.s.l., along the river of the same name. Known as the cradle of Peru's quackery. In the center of the square a Samaritan sculpture that reflects the hospitality of its people. The Church of San Pedro, colonial church. Small town museum which houses pre-Hispanic archaeological Huancapampas culture. Grand celebration of the feast of the Virgen del Carmen (July) and the Dance of the Devils. Forest stand Valley Infiernillo, Faiques and Canchaque and high Andean biodiversity. Accommodation and basic restaurants. It is the access point to the mystical and esoteric Huaringas.


The Lagunas Huaringas (Huaringas lagoons) (3.957 m.a.s.l) famous for their healers and shamans who live in the Cordillera de Huamaní. From the town of Huancabamba will travel 27 km in beautiful natural landscapes, to the village of Salalá (2 hours and 30 minutes) and 15 km further to the lake Shimbe or Black (2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours), course can be performed on mule or on foot. Fourteen lakes famous for its medicinal properties. The main lake or the Black or Huarinjas or Huaringa (meaning in Spanish is "Laguna del Inca") names the collection and is a favorite of most healers. The so-called Shimbe or Siviricuche ("Turquoise Lake") is the largest and the only one that can be fished. In addition to these, there is another group of seven lakes. The climate in the area is cold, like water temperature. These gaps are attributed healing properties. Grow around ichu, the chilhue, cattails and shrubs such as vilco and quinahuiro.


Sitán Waterfall: 5 km from the village of Sondor (30 minutes by car) At 25 meters high, this waterfall is located in the Curlata gorge (2,600 m.a.s.l). It is recommended to visit during the dry season.


Temple of the Jaguars: 19 km (1 hour by car) from Huancabamba in the district of Sondorillo. Built in 1200 AD to worship the jaguar. Stresses the rock carved figure of a pair of jaguars, around which were built altars for ritual offerings. With the conquest of the region by the Incas, in the middle of the fifteenth century, demand the worship of the sun god and so the original structure is covered with red clay.


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