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Peru: President receives Pan American Torch in Machu Picchu

10:20 | Urubamba (Cusco region), Jul. 4.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday led the Fire Lighting Ceremony of the Pan American Torch in Machu Picchu.

In this sense, a chasqui (an Inca Empire messenger) handed over the torch to the Head of State this morning. 

On the occasion, he was joined by Lima Mayor Jorge Muñoz, as well as Cusco region authorities. 

Likewise, the top official noted that the lighting ceremony had taken place at a symbolic and important location such as the Inca citadel. As is known, the torch arrived Wednesday in the Imperial City of Cusco.

Furthermore, the statesman indicated that this event united two thousand-year-old cultures through sport, as the symbol had traveled from Mexico to Peru.  

He went on to add the Pan American Torch will begin a journey across 26 cities in the country before reaching the Lima-based National Stadium on July 26 for the Opening Ceremony. 

"The torch will be at Lake Titicaca, the seven-color mountain, Colca Canyon, Chan Chan Citadel, as well as Loreto, Amazonas regions, among others," President Vizcarra expressed. 

Moreover, the Head of State highlighted the spectacular development of the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games



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Published: 7/4/2019
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