There’s a lot happening in Lima right now! In addition to celebrations for Fiestas Patrias, Peru’s Independence Day, the nation’s capital is hosting the XVIII Pan American Games. Between July 26th and August 11th nearly 7,000 athletes from 41 countries across the Americas will participate in 39 different sports!

While the U.S. has long been a powerhouse in the games, finishing with the most medals in 17 out of 19 Pan American Games, we are excited to cheer on Peru’s largest team yet, with 592 athletes competing this year. As of today, the U.S. has retained the top spot in the medal count with 24, but Peru is well on its way, having won 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze across Squash, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and the Marathon.

With an investment of $1.2 billion into Lima to prepare for the games, we are excited to open our doors and share the culture of Peru with the athletes, spectators and press from around the world! If you’re looking for an easy and amazing summer getaway, it’s the perfect time to visit Lima from NYC, with additional nonstop flights out of JFK and EWR making it easier than ever (just 7 hours…shorter than going to Italy!!).

Developed by Latin American members of the International Olympic Committee, the Pan American Sports Organization was first conceived in the 1930s as a way to build unity and pride in the Americas through sport. The first games took place in Buenos Aires in 1951, and have since evolved into a celebration of the athleticism of 41 countries.

To follow along with the games, and find out more about the events and athletes, check the official web page link below: