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 and some neighbouring cities (Piura and Amotape) served as backdrop for the short novel 'Who Killed Palomino Molero?' by Mario Vargas Llosa