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Peru: Piura department

Location: North Coast.

Area: 35 891 km2 

Capital: Piura (29 masl)


- Minimum: 3 masl (Paita y Los Órganos)

- Maximum: 2709 masl (Ayabaca)


Piura's department has a varied geography since it combines landscapes of the desert costeño with those of the high zones of the Andean region. In its coastal region stands out the desert of Sechura, the biggest of the Peru; in this one there is located Bayóvar's depression, the lowest area of the Peruvian territory (37 msnm). Eastward, in the Andean region, the territory is more injured, there there is located Porculla's step (2138 msnm) the lowest step of the Peruvian Andes.



Piura is such a merry city that its inhabitants talk in singsong tones. It was here that Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the first Spanish city in Peru, San Miguel de Piura, in 1532.


Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca

Every year, thousands of the faithful from various parts of northern Peru and even Ecuador set out on a pilgrimage to Ayabaca, a town 211 km northeast of the northern coastal city of Piura.


Plateria (Silver works)

The abundance of minerals and semi-precious stones in Peru have made it possible to develop creative metalwork since pre-Hispanic times.


Adventure Sports

- Beaches in Piura: Surfing in Cabo Blanco -Surfing in Bayovar-Nonura

- Saltwater fishing


Tourism Piura department

Eco - tourism is possible by visiting some of the most wonderful nature attractions in the region:


Los Peroles waterfalls


Chorro Blanco waterfall


Huayanai Cerro chapel


Sitan waterfalls


Infiernillos valley - a valley eroded by wind with curious forms


The lagoons for the enchanted widows


Huarinjas lagoons in the Huancabamba paramo


Inca Baths


San Lorenzo valley - fertile valley full of life and agriculture, the trees are covered by white herons.


The Ejidos - a national tourist center with a natural waterpark and rich flora and fauna


Mancora Beach

Mancora is a tropical paradise located some 1,200 km (800 miles) north of Lima, Peru, close to the border with Ecuador