Peru opened the ruins of Machu Picchu to a Japanese tourist after waiting nearly seven months to enter the Inca citadel while trapped in the Andean state at the time of the coronavirus outbreak.
Jesse Takayama’s entry into the ruins was made thanks to a special request he made, stuck in the town of Aguas Calientes in the mountains near the site since mid-March, Culture Minister Alejandro Neira said on Monday.
“He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter,”
To date, Peru has reported 33,305 coronavirus-related deaths and has the highest Covid-19 death rate per capita in any country in the world. International flights have recently resumed, but only in seven Latin American countries, and the country’s tourism industry has been devastated by the pandemic.
Takayama, whose entrance ticket has been available since March, entered the ruins of the citadel, built more than 500 years ago on Saturday, and became the first visitor in seven months to cross the World Heritage Site. His original plan was to spend only a few days in Peru to take over Machu Picchu.
“It’s so amazing! Thank you! “Takayama said in a video recorded on top of Machu Picchu Mountain.
Neira said the stone ruins of Machu Picchu would be open to national and foreign tourists in November without giving a date. The site will allow 30% of its normal capacity of 675 people per day.
“We are still in the middle of a pandemic,” Neira said. “It will be done with all the necessary care.”