Every year in the months of January, February and March the rainy season comes to the mountains of Peru. It brings many benefits and difficulties for the population.
The first months of the year in the city of Cusco rain is clearly visible. Mornings, the sun has a little presence, the sky becomes cloudy and rain begins.
Farmers await for the rainy season desiring the growth of the crops in their fields. They hope to provide staples, such as potatoes and corn, to the big markets that supply the city.
Houses that have roofs of tile and straw are prepared for the rainy season by simply changing in the tiles that are broken, putting a new layer of straw down, and cleaning the gutters so that the water cannot pool up.
In remote towns and communities they have important and basic activities to do in order to pass the rainy season like the collection of firewood. They store firewood and foods for both humans and animals.
Tourism goes down during this season since it can be difficult to visit our tourist attractions in rain. For this reason, many do not plan to visit the city during the rains. The Inca Trail closes in February for repairs and to prevent accidents due to weather conditions.
The rivers rise and destinations such as the route to Quillabamba often suffer landslides. Drivers that are from “Caña Brava”, that bring products from the jungle or the coast as well as buses that travel from region to region suffer most from the inclement weather. Happily every year the authorities try to pave more roads and secure the major ones.
For this rainy season be prepared, secure your home, and take precautions if you make a trip.