For the last year preparations have been underway for the 100th Anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu. From July 3rd to July 9th both Cusco and Machu Picchu will come alive with fireworks, musical acts, dance competitions, parades, drinks, and more! To keep up with all the happenings we´re providing you with the official program for the Centennial Celebrations, below:
Centennial of Machu Picchu for the World: Official Program
Sunday, July 3rd
10:00 Machu Picchu Centennial Parade through Cusco
Wednesday, July 6th
09:00 Regional Government of Cusco awards the Inca Pachacutec Medal to chosen recipients at an official ceremony at Koricancha
12:00 The South American Camelids Festival begins at Sacsayhuaman
18:00 Welcome Cocktails at the Convent of Santo Domingo
Thursday, July 7th
06:00 Twenty-one Gun Salute in Cusco
09:00 The Grand Cultural Art Festival opens for the day in the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) and the Plazas Espinar, San Francisco, San Blas, Santa Teresa, Los Pumas.
10:30 Welcome to Machu Picchu!
A t the Lost City of Machu Picchu, the traditional Tinkay ceremony begins, along with the Salute to the Four Corners of the empire. The Andean group Jaivas will perform “Heights of Machu Picchu”. Ends at 12:30.
18:00 Machu Picchu and Cusco Celebrations
As a tribute to the history and wonder of Macchu Picchu there´ll be a 2 hour sound and light show accompanied by Andean Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica del Cusco at Machu Picchu. At the same time in Cusco, for the next 6 hours there´ll be the concerts and shows at Machu Picchu will be broadcasting live in Cusco´s Main Square (the Plaza de Armas)
Friday, July 8th
9:00 All-day Dance Competition in the Plaza de Armas between Cusco´s 13 provinces of Cusco
11:00 The Float Parade begins its route through Cusco´s main streets
19:00 After the Dance Competition in the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) finishes, the Andean Symphony Orchestra will perform along with Los Jaivas, followed by a fireworks display
Saturday, July 9th
18:00 Renowned Peruvian and foreign artists will perform a Music Festival in the Beer Garden
Pirwa has four different hostels and bed & breakfasts locations in Cusco located in and just alongside the Main Square as well as San Blas, as well as a Hostel and B&B in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). There´s still availability during the festivities, so check our site if you´re looking for a room.