The iPeru tourist information office is extremely helpful and has information on lodging, bus schedules and attractions in Piura and the region (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jr. Ayacucho 377. Tel: 320-249, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, URL: www.peru.info/piura). Additionally, iPeru staffs a booth at the airport when flights arrive.
The Autom贸vil Club del Per煤 provides informational services to motorists and sell good maps (Av. S谩nchez Cerro 1237. Tel: 603-131, Fax: 323-800, E-mail: email@example.com). The Comisar铆a de Piura, or police department, is at Avenida S谩nchez Cerro, block 12 (Tel: 307-641).
The following countries have representatives in Piura: Consulado de Alemania (Los Ampolas K6, Urb. Miraflores. Tel: 343-149), Consulado del Ecuador (Av. Chirichigno 505, Urb. El Chipe. Tel: 308-027/309-959) and Viceconsulado de Espa帽a (Grau 370. Tel: 327-741).
Most banks in Piura are located near the Plaza de Armas or on Avenida Grau. Typical hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The following cash American Express traveler's checks and have ATMs that handle Cirrus, Plus, Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards:
路 BCP (Banco de Cr茅dito)鈥攈as special window for traveler's check transactions (Av. Grau and Jr. Tacna).
路 Interbank鈥攁lso exchanges cash U.S. dollars and euros (Av. Grau 160).
路 ScotiaBank (Jr. Libertad 825).
All have branch offices and ATMs throughout the city, including near the bus depots on Avenida S谩nchez Cerro. HSBC has full services for its clients and changes U.S. dollars for everybody (Jr. Libertad and Jr. Ica). Western Union money wires can be picked up at ScotiaBank. Banco de la Naci贸n handles MoneyGram (Jr. Libertad 959). Casas de cambio are concentrated on Jir贸n Arequipa and Jir贸n Ica, and are generally open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Changing money on the street is not advisable.
Dorimuth Travel Service is the American Express representative (Ca. Ayacucho 560. Tel: 321-784, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Keeping in Touch
Locutorios, or phone offices and Internet caf茅s are common. Internet Acasa has Skype (Tacna 646, next to Museo Grau). Serpost is the place to drop a post card, pick up general delivery or send a package (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Jr. Ayacucho and Jr. Libertad).
Piura has several medical facilities. The main public hospital is Hospital I Santa Rosa (Prolongaci贸n Av. Grau and Chulucanas s/n, San Mart铆n. Tel: 361-075). Boticas (pharmacies) are mainly found along Avenida Grau, between 脫valo Grau and the cathedral, and on Avenida S谩nchez Cerro, between Avenidas Loreto and Sullana. Normal hours are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. The chain drugstore Boticas Felicidad delivers (Tel: 308-300/304-750).
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