State of Emergency in the Carretera Central

The Government of Peru has declared a state of emergency on the Carretera Central affecting various districts in multiple provinces. This is due to unusually high seasonal rainfall that has triggered severe flooding, affecting roads and transportation in several provinces in Peru. The Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad regions are affected by widespread flooding.  Other areas affected by the rains are: Abancay, Arequipa, Ancash, Ayacuho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanaco, Ica, Junin, Lima, Puno, Tumbes, and Ucayali.

An updated interactive map from the Government of Peru showing the affected districts is available at https://goo.gl/N4mhEO

U.S. citizens traveling in Peru are advised to avoid the areas on and along the Carretera Central covered by the state of emergency. Travel is likely to be delayed and may be hazardous due to precarious road conditions and the possibility of severe flooding or other natural disasters. Commercial air service to some flooded areas has been suspended periodically. Should you travel to these areas, please make a plan for how to maintain contact with family and friends, and keep them informed of your itinerary. Stay in close contact with tour and transportation organizers as well, in case of delays or changes to your plans.

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 24-48 hours. Citizens are encouraged to visit the aforementioned website to confirm conditions as this may change.

The Government of Peru has recommended water rationing in the aforementioned areas. Sedapal, which manages municipal tap water in Lima, has instituted cuts in water service to perform maintenance on its systems that have been affected by landslides and overflowing rainwater.  For more information visit Sedepal’s website

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