It was inhabited by the Incas until the arrival of the Spanish in 1532, at which time Francisco Pizarro founded the city as "San Miguel de Piura," the first city in Peru.
Today, Piura is known for being its country's oldest city, for its downtown area, architecture, and tropical climate.
People Born in Piura
Piura in People's Lives
Mario Vargas Llosa: My family moved back to Peru from Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1945, when I was 9 years old. I attended a religious Catholic school. My mother and I left this city in 1946, when I was 10 years old, to move to Lima.