Photo: Antonio Banderas
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has been visiting the Peruvian city of Cuzco this week, from where he went to take part in a famous religious festival of region and on Friday was expected to walk the Inca Trail to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Banderas, who visited Lima two months ago to take part in a charitable event, attended the Cuzco region’s Virgen del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) Festival this week in the town of Paucartambo, local media said.
The star of “El Zorro” visited Paucartambo’s colonial church and briefly joined in the traditional procession of dancers to the cemetery in that town, but withdrew when he saw that several of the faithful on hand had recognized him.
During his visit two months ago, Banderas said he wanted to return to Peru to visit Cuzco with his daughter Stella del Carmen.
The Facebook page of a Cuzco restaurant confirmed the presence of the Spanish actor, who arrived Wednesday, with a posted photo in which he appears with staff members of the establishment.
Local media said the actor was going to set off Friday on the Inca Trail, a three-day walk to the famous citadel of Machu Picchu, though when asked by Efe, cutural authorities in the Cuzco region were unable to confirm that information.