The famous ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, opened on Monday for a happy Japanese tourist after spending months at a standstill in the country due to global travel restrictions.
In a video first released by The Guardian, Jesse Takayama expressed his gratitude to officials who complied with his special request to visit the ruins after he arrived months ago in a small town near the ruins, where he has remained since the COVID restrictions were imposed. -19th place by the government of Peru and others around the world.
“He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter,” Peruvian Culture Minister Alejandro Neira told a news conference on Monday, according to The Guardian. “The Japanese citizen entered with our park manager so that he could do so before returning to his country.”
Takayama originally bought his ticket to visit the ruins in March, according to the information.
Peru has been forced to impose drastic restrictions on COVID-19 travel, including the cessation of all incoming international flights earlier this year, which were granted only this month after the country’s rate of new COVID-19 cases began to decline in August.
In recent days, the country has begun to grow and is still facing one of the worst outbreaks in South America, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
“We are still in the middle of a pandemic,” Neira added. “It will be done with all the necessary care.”
Peru has registered just over 849,000 total cases of COVID-19 and 33,305 deaths since the start of the pandemic.