Piura has streets lit up by the constant northern sun. Its resorts and beaches are popular with surfers: Máncora, Colán, Los Órganos, Vichayito, Cabo Blanco (famous for having hosted the writer, Ernest Hemingway) and Lobitos. In this region you can find colonial temples and towns of artisans, like Chulucanas and Catacaos. Additionally, there are magical lakes like Las Huaringas. Piura is home to the largest dry region in Peru, the Sechura desert. Festivals include that of the Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca (Captive Lord of Ayabaca), and the Easter festival of Catacaos, both characterised by profound religious devotion.
It has a wide selection of varied food. Piura is the land of eternal summer.
Location: in the north of Peru, it shares a border with Ecuador in the north-east. Most of the land is coastal (desert and dry forest ecosystems), but some is mountainous (moorland and cloud forests).
Size: 35,891 km2 (13,858 sq.miles).