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Peru opens Machu Picchu for a single tourist stuck by Covid

Jesse Takayama in Machu Picchu
Jesse Takayama was originally scheduled to visit Machu Picchu in March

Peru opened the ruins of the Incas in Machu Picchu for a Japanese tourist who waited almost seven months to visit the World Heritage Site.

Jesse Takayama was supposed to visit Machu Picchu in March, but closed because of a coronavirus.

Culture Minister Alejandro Neira said Mr Takayama had been granted access following a special request.

The ancient Inca citadel ̵

1; Peru’s biggest tourist attraction – is expected to reopen at a reduced capacity next month.

No exact date specified.

Mr. Takayama planned to spend only a few days in Peru, but in mid-March he was stuck in the town of Aguas Calientes, near Machu Picchu, due to travel rules with a coronavirus.

“He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter,” Mr Neira told a virtual news conference on Monday.

The Inca city of Machu Picchu is located high in the Andes Mountains
Machu Picchu has been closed to tourists since March

Mr Takayama was allowed to enter the ruins on Saturday with the park manager, “so he can do so before returning to his country,” Mr Neira said.

In a video recorded on top of Machu Picchu, the tourist celebrates the long-awaited trip.

“This tour is really amazing, thank you,” Mr Takayama said.

Peru has reported more than 849,000 coronavirus cases and 33,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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