While numerous countries issued travel warnings for Peru due to the excessive rainfalls and flooding, be aware that not all of the country is under water. Visiting large parts of Peru is still possible and even helps to minimize the financial losses many locals have to face right now.
Traveling in northern Peru not recommended
Yes, it’s true, some areas of Peru, especially the northern region including parts of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Ancash as well as some areas in the outskirts of Lima are badly affected by rain, flooding and destruction. Partly there are food and water shortages, no electricity and some areas are inaccessible.
While all volunteers helping the victims of this natural disaster are welcome, traveling there at the moment isn’t a wise choice. And even if the city or sight you were planning to visit in this northern part of Peru isn’t affected, getting there might be challenging.
Machu Picchu and many other sights open
On the other hand the classic travel route in Peru including Cusco / Sacred Valley, Arequipa / Colca Canyon, Puno / Titicaca Lake, Madre de Dios / Manu National Park and even Ica, Paracas and Nazca are not affected and can be visited.
Machu Picchu is open and operates as usual; so do hotels, airports, countless tourist attractions and sights in southern and south-eastern Peru, the area which most Peru travelers visit.
The northeastern part of Peru including the regions of Amazonas, Loreto and San Martin aren't affected by rain and flooding. Here business as well continues as usual.
After water services were restored over the last few days, staying in Lima is fine as well. Museums, sights and restaurants are open and welcome visitors.
But as more rain is predicted over the coming weeks, we highly recommend to stay informed about a possibly quickly changing situation.