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Piura

Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded Piura as the first Spanish city in Peru in 1532. In a country where Inca ruins and trekking rule the scene, this first city is now a mere stop before heading north to Ecuador or south to Huaraz. If ruins and hiking have left you dazed, Piura isn't the resting place you're looking for. It's a hot commercial city located inland but welcoming enough with options for budget travelers as well as for high rollers.

The city's African heritage has made Piura famous for black magic and the tondero, a lively folk dance in which performers dance barefoot to strong, rhythmic music wearing bright, multicolored outfits. This part of the culture isn't, however, all that obvious. From day to day, the downtown area is packed with people, cars, taxis and motorcycles scurrying left and right. The Plaza de Armas is a good place to sit back and decide what will be your next destination. At night, the city's roar feeds on but has a generally safe feel. Families pour into the florescent-lit department stores and couples walk the sidewalks.

A common day trip from Piura is to the town of Catacaos, 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) south. There you will find crafts made of hay and cotton, and also gold and silver filigree. About five kilometers (3.1 mi) south of Catacaos, you can find the archeological remains of Narihuala. What's left of the Tallán culture there has—like other ruins—fallen prey to culprits such as huaqueros, time and weather damage.

(Altitude: 29 m/95 ft, Population: 248,000, Phone Code: 073)

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Other places nearby Piura: Tumbes, Trujillo, Zaña, Catacaos, Máncora, Zorritos, Cabo Blanco, Las Pocitas And Vichayito, Lambayeque and Chiclayo.







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Museums in Piura

Museo Municipal VicĂşs

Museo Municipal Vicús is the city\'s cultural gem. A wide variety of archaeological finds are displayed here, accompanied by explanations of the development of the Tallán, Yunga and Vicús ...
Museum
Piura, Peru

Casa Museo Gran Almirante Grau

Casa Museo Gran Almirante Grau is yet another house turned museum. It exhibits naval paraphernalia and other belongings of Miguel Grau Seminario, a war hero applauded for his accomplishments during ...
Museum
Piura, Peru

Restaurants in Piura

PicanterĂ­a Los Santitos

For more than 20 years, Santitos has been building its clientele, serving the typical fare of the northern coast of Peru, including cebiche, seafood, chicken and steak dishes. Enjoy the cuisine and ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

La Barrica

144272La Barrica is a small, eight-table bistro offering over a dozen varieties of pizza, homemade pastas and other Italian foods. The delicious pizzas, available in three sizes, are loaded with toppings ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

Jhon Carlo's Pizza-Place

Jhon Carlos Pizza is a family-owned business in Piura, with more than eight years of experience in the restaurant business.It offers locals and visitors a different option of food, with a high ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

Jhon Carlo's Pizza-Place

Jhon Carlos Pizza is a family-owned business in Piura, with more than eight years of experience in the restaurant business.It offers locals and visitors a different option of food, with a high ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

El RincĂłn del Sabor

The waitstaff hops from table to table, filling the orders of the lunch hour crowd. Many of the diners of El Rincón del Sabor are regulars—not only for the inexpensive prices, but also because of ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

Chifa Wa Look

Chifa Wa Look serves very authentic Chinese dishes with savory sauces and ingredients you don’t often find, like snow pea pods. The real treat is the specials, which start off with a large bowl of ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

Restaurant Vegetariano Vida y Salud

In the crowded market of vegetarian restaurants in Piura, Vida y Salud stands out for its economical meals and closeness to the lodging district. You can always count on the food here being creative, ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

Heladería El Chalán

This chain burger joint has a few locations in the downtown area. The ice cream is the main draw here, though. Daily 7:30 a.m.-10 ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

Capuccino

If stuck in the meat-and-rice rut, Capuccino offers gourmet café that has a trendy European flair. Although primarily a pastry and coffee shop, the menu features a wide selection of salads, ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru

CarbĂłn Burger

If you’ve long been looking for an honest-to-goodness burger in Latin America, then your search is over in Piura. Carbón Burger grills up the real McCoy. This is no ground and formed patty of some ...
Restaurant
Piura, Peru
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