Road towards Huaraz interrupted again, local tourism entrepreneurs getting worried

T he road between Huaraz and Lima is broken up again due to heavy rainfall in the areas of  Chasquitambo and Hornillos. The Regional Centre of Emergency Operations (COER) has released a press communication stating that yesterday at 4:30 p.m. there have been mudslides again that have damaged the road. The road is currently closed until further notice, while heavy machinery is being sent to the place to restart reparation works. These works can only be carried out from the early hours of the morning. On the other hand, according to information provided by Provias, the Huaraz – Casma highway is interrupted too at kilometre 61 due to the falling of rocks on the road, meaning Huaraz has become isolated once again.

In the meantime, a couple of local tourism entrepreneurs in Huaraz have expressed to be very worried that this year´s Easter (Semana Santa) will be disastrous. Representatives of local tourism agencies and some hoteliers have informed that many reservations for Semana Santa have already been canceled and that they expect only a small number of tourists in Huaraz, unless the road conditions improve soon. As much more rain is expected in the forthcoming days, this is very unlikely.

The tourism entrepreneurs also criticized a press release by Prom Perú that states that the travel conditions to the north of Peru are far from ideal and that tourists should expect a longer travel time to reach their destination. According to the agencies, tours and trek in Huaraz can be done (which is true), although the only way of getting to Huaraz is by air at the moment. LC Perú is the only airline operating between Peru´s capital and Huaraz and a one-way ticket is costing 174 US dollars currently. Normally, a bus trip costs between 25 or 30 soles during daytime and an overnight bus trip is between 50-90 soles depending on the bus company.

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