By Victorio Neves de Baers – November 12, 2012
In her report, Dr. María del Rosario Lozada states, “… [she] had gone eight days without food in extreme weather conditions, [with temperatures of] three to five degrees below zero, Celsius (between 23° and 26.6° F).”
When the prosecutor says eight days, it is clear that Rosario was alone from April 5 – 13 (nine days), assuming that Ciro and Rosario separated on day 5; therefore, Rosario spent 8 nights alone in the Colca Canyon (April 5 – 12, 2011).
The SENAMHI (Meteorological and Hydrologic National Service) weather report from the days in question, with measurements taken at the Madrigal station, which is the closest point to the backpacks place, disprove Dr. Lozada’s version since temperatures never fell below zero Celsius on any of the days in question. The lowest recorded temperature was 3 degrees (ABOVE zero) Celsius on April 6 (37.4°F).
On days 3 and 4, when Rosario camped with Ciro, the lowest recorded temperatures were -3.5°C and -3°C (25.7°F and 26.6°F) respectively. We can deduce that together they were better equipped to protect themselves from low temperatures (the lowest temperatures generally occur around 5 a.m.), and the coroner’s report confirms that Ciro did not die as a result of exposure to the cold.
This photo of Rosario shows her near the “mochilas place” at 6:56 a.m. April 3, 2011, the coldest day. At that moment, the recorded temperature at the Madrigal station was 41°F (5°C). Rosario wears a tank top shirt; and she never lost the smile on her face.
Temperature LOWS from April 5 – 12, 2011, all above zero Celsius (freezing):
|Day||Low (°C)||Low (°F)|
Therefore, the prosecutor’s report is absolutely lacking in truth and exposes much ill will in its preparation.
You can read the SENAMHI report here. This report shows that temperatures reached a high of 22.5 degrees above zero Celsius (72.5°F), and that exact temperatures were taken at 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. using dry- and wet-bulb thermometers. The report also includes daily rainfall in millimeters, measured in the morning and in the afternoon.
I have created this chart using the data from the SENAMHI.