Bill Gates
Yael Rojas  /  AP
Chairman of Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates walks in front the Monasterio Hotel in Cuzco, Peru, Saturday.
updated 6/24/2007 4:10:53 PM ET 2007-06-24T20:10:53

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates visited the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco in Peru and is expected to attend a reenactment of the historic Festival of the Sun.

Gates explored the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu Saturday and on Sunday he was to attend a reenactment of Inti Raymi, or the sun festival, a colorful celebration of the winter solstice that is the most important Incan holiday, local media reported.

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U.S. actress Cameron Diaz is also in Cuzco, the launching point for visits to Machu Picchu, which is Peru’s top tourist destination.

Microsoft worked with several universities to develop a Windows version in Quechua, the language of the Incas, which was launched in Peru last year.

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