March 22 Update on Floods and Mudslides in Peru

Heavy rains have caused flooding and landslides throughout the country, with the most widespread, severe effects in the northwest of the country.  Peace Corps volunteers in the northwest of the country are being relocated as a precautionary measure.  All other Peace Corps volunteers in Peru have been instructed to remain in their locations.

Travelers should continue to monitor news outlets closely for the latest developments and consider how heavy rains – or subsequent effects, such as flooding, mudslides and related road/trail hazards – may impact your plans.  Travelers to affected areas are advised to consult with local hotels or tour organizers prior to travel and adhere closely to instructions issued by local authorities.

U.S. citizens should continue to consult with local authorities, hotels, or tour providers in specific areas to clearly understand how continued rains or flooding may impact travel plans. Adhere closely to any travel alerts and safety instructions issued by local authorities, and actively avoid flooded areas.  Another source of information is IPeru (01-574-8000;, which maintains offices in cities around the country and regularly updates information on local developments affecting travelers.

The City of Cusco, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu and the tourist areas surrounding Lake Titicaca have not experienced flooding at this time.  An interactive map from the Government of Peru showing the affected districts is available at

Official U.S. government travel to and along areas of the Carretera Central will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis.  U.S. government employees have been encouraged to avoid personal travel to the coastal Departments of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, and Tumbes.  Peace Corps volunteers in the regions of Piura, Lambayeque, and La Libertad will relocate to other areas of Peru or the United States.  Volunteers throughout the remainder of the country will remain in their sites.

For further information:

  • Contact the S. Embassy in Peru, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen.  You can call the Embassy at 51-1-618-2000 during business hours, 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, or dial the same number to reach a duty officer for after-hours emergencies.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).