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In 2019 Lima (Peru) hosted the Pan and Para Pan American Games, unique occasion to engage all Peruvians around the Olympic values of sport and to intensify a fruitful dialogue with all Peruvians communities.
The Torch Relay was a crucial part of the challenge to take this opportunity, with the goals to arrive everywhere to everyone, creating fun, expectations, and unforgettable moments.
While working on the 4 ceremonies production, Balich Wonder Studio was responsible for the Executive Production of the Lima 2019 Torch Relay.
Maintaining the tradition of sport in the Americas, the Pan American Flame Lighting Ceremony was held on July 2 in the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, Mexico.
The Ceremony launched the Pan American Torch Relay. The relay arrived in Cusco, the historic capital of Peru, on July 4 to begin the relay. Over the course of 23 days, 900 torchbearers journeyed 6,500 kilometers across historical, cultural and natural settings throughout Peru’s main cities.
The flowers represented in the patterns of the torch were inspired by the waltzes of Chabuca Granda, such as the flower of Amancaes, from “José Antonio”; the flowers of cherimoya and jacaranda, from “Zeñó Manué”; and jasmine from “La Flor de la canela”.
The Flame Lighting Ceremony was held on July 2nd, at the Templo del Dios Sol in Teotihuacan, Mexico. Here, the New Fire – the flame lit up prior to the relay – started to connect two ancient cultures: the Aztec and the Incan.
Lima 2019 ambassador, Alexandra Grande, was the first Peruvian athlete to become a Torchbearer, along with Para badminton athlete Pilar Jáuregui. Both carried the flame with pride. Thus, one of the biggest world sport celebration started with that event.
The Pan American Torch, through a 22 days relay that went across 14 departments and 19 cities, wanted to inspire and arouse the interest of thousands of people, visiting historic, cultural and natural Peruvian landmarks.
The journey started at the citadel of Machu Picchu on Friday 5th passing through Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Moquegua, Camaná, Ica, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Huancayo, Cerro de Pasco, Huánuco, Tocache, Tarapoto, Bagua Grande, Piura, Cajamarca, Trujillo and Huaraz.
It reached the Plaza Mayor of Lima on July 25th. The relay ended the next day at the National Stadium on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony. There were 900 Peruvian torchbearers lightning up the road with the Pan American Torch.