Machu Picchu reopens for just one tourist stranded in Peru
According to details, the government of Peru decided to reopen one of its most visited sites, site Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist who had waited almost seven months to visit it.
Jesse Takayama was supposed to visit Machu Picchu in March but authorities had to shut it down due to coronavirus pandemic.
As per country’s Culture Minister Alejandro Neyra, the tourist was granted access after he submitted a special request.
"He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter. He was permitted to enter the ruins on Saturday with the head of the park "so that he can do this before returning to his country", the minister said.
Mr. Takayama had planned to spend only a few days in Peru but had to stay for seven months in the town of Aguas Calientes, near Machu Picchu, due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Machu Picchu is expected to reopen at reduced capacity next month but no exact date has been given so far.
So far, Peru has reported more than 849,000 coronavirus cases and 33,000 deaths.