Live updates: Peru celebrates 100 years of Machu Picchu
The celebrations have begun in Cusco for Machu Picchu's centennial. Check back here for updates as the festivities unfold.
President Alan García arrives to celebrations, and while still huffing from the climb, tells reporters that he once lived at Machu Picchu for 40 days.
“I lived in one of the houses for 40 days when I was 20 years old,” García said while pointing to the stone hut structures. “I recited Pablo Neruda at night.”
García, who is now 62, described a free-spirited scene at Machu Picchu in what would have been 1969. “There were a lot of young foreign visitors, Argentinean songs, sambas, Spaniards who sang songs from the Civil War… We had long debates over politics, philosophy, anarchism, Marxism. It was a beautiful experience, one of those that mark your life.”
12:39 p.m. The Chilean group Los Jaivas play the famous "Alturas de Machu Picchu"
Between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. a greeting to Machu Picchu is expected in the Inca citadel, with the staging of the traditional Tinkay ceremony and a salute from the Cuatro Suyos.
At 9 a.m. this morning, the great artistic and cultural festival took place in the various plazas in the city of Cusco, including Regocijo, Espinar, San Francisco, San Blas, Santa Teresa, Los Pumas and the Plaza de Armas.
Peruvian President Alan Garcia traveled to Cusco to participate in the 100th anniversary celebrations of Machu Picchu.
The main day of celebration started early this morning at 6 a.m. hours with a 21-gun salute in the Imperial City.