Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Lima, Peru – February 12, 2019

Location: near or in the regions of Ancash, Arequipa, Cusco, Junín, La Libertad, Lima, Moquegua, and Pasco.

Event:  PROMPERU and DIRCETUR are reporting that travel in many regions of Peru has been negatively impacted by recent heavy rains. Travel may continue to be affected throughout the rainy season which usually ends March 31. Due to heavy rains, there is the potential for landslides, flash floods, riverbank erosion, bridge washouts, and property damage. Roads may be suddenly closed and stay closed for indefinite periods of time, especially in more remote areas. Currently, the following closures have been reported:

  • The Santa Teresa route to Machu Picchu is closed to motor vehicle use and is open to bicycle and foot traffic with extreme caution.
  • The Amazon route to Machu Picchu is not recommended for use.
  • Sacsayhuaman is closed to adventure tourism.
  • Parts of the Panamericana Sur are closed between Arequipa and Tacna due to bridge washout.
  • Access to San Ramón, La Merced is restricted and the tunnel Yanango is closed.
  • The tourist routes, Olive and Wine – Chiribaya Museum, Ticsani (Moquegua), and Algarrobal (Ilo), have all been suspended.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the affected areas and routes. Find alternative routes to your destination.
  • Monitor local media and government agencies, including iPeru, PROMPERU, COEN, and SENAMHI for updates.
    • WhatsApp: iPeru 944-492-314
    • Twitter: @Promperu  @COENPeru  @SENAMHIPeru
  • Monitor the Embassy webpage and the American Citizen Services (ACS) Facebook page for updates.
  • Keep friends and family informed of your safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Flash floods and mudslides can occur without warning.


U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru:

Avenida La Encalada Cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33, Peru
Telephone (answered 24 hours): +51-1-618-2000
Lima ACS Facebook page

U.S. Consular Agency, Cusco

Avenida El Sol 449 Office #201
Cusco, Peru
Phone: +51 84 231-474
Fax: +51 84 245-102

State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
Peru Country Information
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