Rains and Flooding Expected to Continue across Peru

The Government of Peru continues to assess the effects from unseasonably heavy inland rains and associated flooding along the coastal areas of Peru.  Rains are expected to continue for several more weeks, and may add to the effects seen thus far.

The most widespread, severe effects are in the northwest of the country, in the regions of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, and La Libertad.  More concentrated incidents of flooding, mudslides, and inundated roads and bridges have occurred around Lima and the Ica Region.

Some roads in the central highlands, especially in the regions of Ancash and Junin, have experienced travel delays and disruptions.  Areas in the south of the country around Cusco and Arequipa have been affected less severely by the rains than areas farther north.  However, additional heavy rains are expected in the Arequipa region over the next 48-72 hours.

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; iperu@promperu.gob.pe), which maintains offices in cities around the country and regularly updates information on local developments affecting travelers.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Peru.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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  • Contact the U.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).