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About Piura

Known as the "Ciudad del eterno calor", which means "The city of the eternal heat", Piura is one hell of a hot place all year round. It appears like a mirage in waves of heat on the horizon after you cross the vast and empty Sechura Desert, completely isolated with one foot in the past and one in the future. It is little wonder that there is a deeply rooted sense of self-sufficiency in its culture. The town will surprise you with its beautiful narrow cobbled streets and colonial houses, as it serves as a central point for the northern towns. There is little for tourists to do here, so it is the local population that has driven the need for coworking spaces to appear.

Peru is actually home to a vibrant startup and entrepreneurial community that is being totally supported by the government with initiatives such as "Startup Peru". There are plans to provide funding for startups and ambitions to create a new generation of talented kids who wish to learn engineering and technology. Piura may be in the desert, but there is a ripple of excitement happening amongst its youth.

This desert oasis was home to Peru's most eminent novelist and Nobel Prize winner, Mario Vargas Llosa. It was founded by the Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro in 1532 and this was when the mestizo and creole culture of Piura was born with influences from Spain, Africa (via slaves fro Madagascar), China (Chinese coolies migrated to work the rice fields), as well as Roma Gypsies who definitely did not come to work, but disguised as Spanish horsemen or were pirates looking for pearls. With such a diverse mix of people in its history books, Piura declared independence from Spain in 1821.

The capital city of the northwestern region of Peru, coworking is giving the locals in Piura an alternative to gathering under the tamarind trees in the city square or working in isolation at home, where they can mingle with other creative minds that are constantly learning from the failures and successes of its neighbors.