The pope was scheduled to fly late Thursday afternoon from Iquique to Lima, where an official welcome at the Peruvian capital's airport was the only event on his agenda.
On Friday morning he will meet with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and civil society groups before flying to the Amazonian port city of Puerto Maldonado, where he is expected to advocate for the rights of indigenous people and defend the environment against illegal mining and loggers.
On Saturday the pope will go to the northern coastal city of Trujillo, where he will celebrate Mass in the central Plaza de Armas and speak to victims of devastating floods in 2017.
In Lima on Sunday, he will meet with religious leaders, visit the cathedral and celebrate another giant open-air Mass at which hundreds of thousands are expected, before boarding his return flight to Italy on Sunday evening.
(Special correspondents Poblete reported from Santiago and Kraul from Bogota, Colombia.)
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