In recent days, the intense rains produced by Cyclone Yaku have generated alarm in various parts of the country. In the small south, the districts of Ancón, Pucusana, Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra, San Bartolo and Santa María del Mar have been declared in state of emergency for 60 days due to the strong climatic precipitations and the activation of different ravines.
In this sense, one of the most affected sectors is tourism in those areas because many people are requesting postponements of their reservations.
“We are still in beach season. This weekend we know that many reservations have decreased, they are requesting postponements and the seasonal inhabitants, who usually rent houses, are preferring not to go near the beaches to avoid risks,” Carlos Loayza, general manager of the National Chamber of Tourism of Peru (Canatur).
Another of the compromised destinations is Lunahuaná, where adventure sports activities that are usually carried out near the Cañete River, such as canoeing, have been 100% suspended.
Going a little further, the Ica region is one of the most requested by tourists. Deferrals are also currently taking place on some bookings. “About 30% of the postponements have been registered for this week and 50% until the end of the month,” said Víctor Rojas, president of the Ica Regional Chamber of Tourism (Caretur).
For his part, Luis Vila Gonzales, executive director of the Ica Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, specified that the hotel infrastructure and services have not been affected by weather conditions. Thus, the Lima-Ica route remains clear.
Punta Hermosa was one of the places most affected by Cyclone Yaku. Photo: diffusion
On the verge of entering the celebrations for Easter, one of the highest seasons for tourism, the projections remain stable. To date, no service suspensions have been reported for the coming months.
“For this Holy Week, there are no cancellations as there were in December and January,” added Vila. As recalled, in the first days of the year, due to the demonstrations against the Government of Dina Boluarte and the blockades on the Panamericana Sur highway, a massive cancellation of 95% of tourist reservations in the province of Ica was reported. .
Likewise, Vila specified that it is expected to receive the same number of tourists as in 2022, approximately 60,000 visitors.
El Niño Phenomenon
The Multisectoral Commission in charge of the National Study of the El Niño Phenomenon (Enfen) has communicated that Peru is in a state of alert due to the high possibilities of the El Niño Costero phenomenon occurring. This is because there is a 50% chance that warm oceanographic conditions will continue in the Central Pacific. This would be one of the main fears for the tourism industry.
“It can get complicated for National Holidays from October or November. You have to see the rains at that time, which are very strong for the coastal area,” said Vila Gonzales.
Peru is in a state of coastal El Niño alert. Photo: compositionLR
North boy. Destinations like Caral, Huacho, Huaura and Barranca hope to reactivate their tourism.
south boy. The places that most concentrate visits are Paracas, Chincha, Pisco, Cañete Valley, Lunahuaná, Azpitia, Chilca and La Campiña.
Carlos Loayza, general manager of Canatur
“In the face of Easter, we hope that the conditions are better and we can reactivate adventure tourism activities that are in great demand in this area.”
Luis Vil, director of the Ica Chamber of Commerce
“Last year, at Easter, 60,000 tourists arrived in Ica. The same amount is expected this year, perhaps with a brief reduction.”
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