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Talara

Administration
Full nameTalara
Official nameTalara
CountryPeru
RegionPiura
ProvinceTalara
Government
TypeDemocracy
MayorJosé Alfredo Vitonera Infante
Geography
Elevation36.1 ft (11 m)
Demography
Total Population101674 (2007)
Other information
Time zonePET (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)PET (UTC-5)

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Talara is a city in the Talara Province of the Piura Region, in northwestern Peru. It is a port city on the Pacific Ocean with a population of 103,200 as of 2005. Its climate is hot and dry. Due to its oil reserves, and ability to produce aviation fuel, Talara hosted a United States air base during World War II. Talara is also home to a large fishing fleet. The city is served by the Cap. FAP Victor Montes Arias International Airport.

Talara is the westernmost city in all of mainland South America. (A small outlying town, Seccion Dieciocho, is situated slightly further west, and just beyond there, the land itself reaches its westernmost extent at Punta Pariñas.) Talara and some neighbouring cities (Piura and Amotape) served as backdrop for the short novel 'Who Killed Palomino Molero?' by Mario Vargas Llosa.


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