Known for its charming colonial buildings, history museums and subtropical weather, Piura also lures in surfers from around the world with sandy beaches and impressive waves. Marvel at the city’s ornate cathedrals, visit some of Peru’s most notable historical sites and hike scenic trails past 400-year-old trees.
Things to do in Piura
Start your exploration of Piura at Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square dotted with tamarind trees. Admire the beautiful Piura Cathedral with its ornate gilded altarpiece, then meander to Three Cultures Square to marvel at its ornamental fountains and monument dedicated to Francisco Pizarro Gonzalez, the founder of Lima and conqueror of the Inca Empire.
Learn more about the region’s past at the Admiral Miguel Grau Museum and House. Explore this iconic landmark to see the 19th-century war hero’s personal photos and mementos. You can also visit nearby San Francisco Church, where Piura declared independence from Spain in 1821.
Sunbathe and swim at one of Piura’s beautiful beaches. Surfers flock to Nunura Beach for its consistently strong waves year-round, while Colan Beach has a long stretch of sandy shoreline great for windsurfing, boating and kayaking.
Sign up for a trekking adventure to Bosque de Cuyas, where you’ll have the chance to see rare 400-year-old trees. An important piece of Peru’s “Cloud Forest”, it lies on the westerly Andean mountain slopes and encompasses almost 610 hectares. Hire a guide and traverse rugged trails to spot Peruvian flora and fauna and around 150 different bird species.
Getting around Piura
FAP Captain Guillermo Concha Iberico International Airport offers flights from Chiclayo and Lima, while long-distance buses also make the journey. It’s best to get around by taxi or bus or using a rental car.