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The route of the Pan American torch in Peru

Getty Images / Illustration: Samuel Rodrigues

Marcela Duarte

LATAM is transporting the symbol of the Pan American and Parapan American Games

 

Selected as the airline for the 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games, LATAM employees will transport the torch in 12 out of 23 Peruvian cities starting on July 4. Its flame will light the pyre in the opening ceremony, which will take place in Lima on July 26, and will keep burning until the end of the competitions, on September 1.

 

The torch’s journey will begin in Cusco, a city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire, and pass by other places in Peru like Puno, known for its floating islands made of totora reeds in Lake Titicaca, and Trujillo, an important base for the exploration of pre-Inca archaeological sites.

 

One of the smallest provinces it will visit is Nasca, with just over 39,000 inhabitants and known for its lines that form geometric shapes in the desert.

 

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The Pan American torchbearers

After its arrival in Cusco, the torch will travel approximately 3,420 miles [5,500 km] carried by over 1,200 athletes, influencers, and enthusiasts, including LATAM employees.

 

On July 26, the torch will triumphantly enter Estadio Nacional del Perú, in the country’s capital city, during the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games. And its flame will be used to light the Pan American Pyre, marking the start of the competitions.