There is a story which claims that the name "Pirúa" or "Pirhua" pronounced by the Tallanes who were taken to Spain, gave rise to the word “Peru”. Others speak of a god or mythical being known as Pirúa. This deity was said to be the founder of the Tallan PIRHUA clan, from which the people of Piura are descended and the name of the region of PIURA is derived.

The local economy is vibrant and offers many business opportunities, and the local resources of Piura include the Paita, Talara, Bayovar Seas and the Poechos reservoir.

Piura is a land with an ancient tradition of craftsmanship, and it is renowned for its pottery and filigree art.


The city of Piura has a hot climate.

The average maximum temperature is 31.2°C (88.1ºF) and the minimum temperature is 17.7°C (63.8ºF). During the months when the El Niño phenomenon is present, usually between December and April, the temperature in the city rises.


Capital: 29 meters above sea level (Piura). Altitude: Minimum: 3 meters above sea level (Paita and Los Órganos). Maximum: 2709 meters above sea level (Ayabaca).

Plaza de Armas (Main Square)

This main square is located in the center of the city. It is surrounded by tamarind trees which were brought from the Yapatera hacienda and planted there in 1870. The “Pola” is located in the middle of the plaza. This marble statue represents liberty and was received by the city as a gift from President José Balta, around the year 1870.

Piura Cathedral

Calle Huancavelica 362. Visits: Mon-Fri 7:00-8:00 and 19:00-20:00; Sat-Sun 8:00-12:00. Founded in 1588 and consecrated to the Virgin of the Assumption and the Archangel Michael. The interior of the church houses a Churrigueresque altarpiece representing Our Lady of Fatima, carved from Nicaragua city and covered in gold leaf, which was probably one of the first altarpieces in Peru. The main altar was reconstructed by the Spanish sculptor Julián Alagua after the 1912 earthquake, in the Plateresque style. As the principal church of the city, the cathedral houses the Piura parish archive.

Church of San Francisco

Corner of Calle Lima and Malecón Eguiguren 516: Telephone (073) 31-1111. Visits: Mon-Sun 8:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00; Masses: 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The old cloister was built by the Franciscan order during the 18th century and it was declared a national monument in 1969 and 1980.

Admiral Miguel Grau Museum and House

Jr. Tacna 662 Telephone: (073) 32-6541 / 33-1961. Visits: Mon-Sat 8:00-13:00 and 15:30-18:00 It was in this house that Admiral Grau was born and lived. He was the hero of the War of the Pacific with Chile (1879). The house is composed of four salons and a library. On exhibition are photographs, letters, diplomas and documents, as well as the furniture used by Admiral Grau.

Church of El Carmen

Jr. La Libertad 366, facing Plazuela Merino. Visits: Mon-Sun during mass. This church dates from the 18th century and was declared a National Historical Monument in 1974. Today, it is the home of Piura’s Religious Art Museum

Vicús Museum

Corner of Av. Sullana and Jr. Huánuco.Telephone: (073) 32-7541. Visits: Mon-Sat 8:00-20:00; Sundays 8:00-12:00. It is composed of three rooms: Pot Makers’ Room, Metallurgical Technology Room and the Gold Room. The Gold Room houses a collection of 61 gold objects which trace the development of the technology of the Vicús culture.

Los Ejidos National Tourism Center

Located 10 kilometers from the center of the city of Piura (approximately 15 minutes by car): Visits: Sat-Sun 8:00-18:00. The focus of this center is a 20 square kilometer body of water created by the damming of the Piura River. The shores of this lake are inhabited by local species of animals, including iguanas, herons, grebes and wild geese.

Community of Catacaos

Located 12 kilometers from the city of Piura (15 minutes by car), this community is home to craftspeople devoted to the weaving of straw and cotton and the creation of gold and silver filigree.

Archaeological remains of Narihualá (Narihualá Fortress)

From the community of Catacaos it is 3 kilometers to this archaeological site (5 minutes by car). Visits: Mon-Sun 8:00-18:00. This site is believed to have been the capital of the pre-Inca Tallán culture. The constructions are composed of mud brick platforms joined with mud and organized into four sectors. The archaeological site covers a total area of 6 hectares.


The city of Chulucanas is an attractive destination, and it preserves the old city of Piura, the site of the second founding of Piura, as well as the archaeological remains of Vicus. The ceramics made by this community are globally recognized.

Plaza de Armas
Catedral de Piura
Iglesia San Francisco
Casa Museo del Almirante Miguel Grau
Localidad de Catacaos
Restos Arqueológicos de Narihualá (Fortaleza de Narihualá)