Peru has opened Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist who held up seven months after getting stranded in the country due to the Covid pandemic to visit the world heritage site.
“The first person on Earth who went to Machu Picchu since the lockdown is meeeeeee,” Jesse Katayama posted on his Instagram account.
He also posted a video on the Facebook pages saying “This is truly amazing! Thank you.”
Jesse Takayama, who is a resident of Japan, was given exceptional admittance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site on Saturday after he was stranded in Peru by COVID-19 travel limitations.
“I thought that I wouldn’t be able to go, but thanks to all of you who pleaded with the mayor and the government, I was given this super special opportunity,” he wrote on his Instagram account.
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Minister of Culture Alejandro Neyra confirmed in a conference on Monday that officials opened the Machu Picchu just for Takayama after he submitted a special request to us.
“He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter. The Japanese citizen has entered together with our head of the park so that he can do this before returning to his country,” Neyra said.
It was now scheduled to reopen to visitors in November with just 675 tourists a day will be allowed in, 30 percent of the number allowed before the pandemic, with visitors expected to maintain social distancing.