The inhabitants of the area baptized Takayama as "the last tourist of Machu Picchu", because during all this time he was the only foreigner left in the town waiting for the reopening of the archaeological site.
The Peruvian authorities have opened the ruins of Machu Picchu only to allow the visit of a Japanese tourist who, due to the pandemic, has had to waitalmost 7 months to enter the Inca citadel.
The Minister of Culture of Peru, Alejandro Neyra, reported this Monday that Jesse Takayama, 26, carried out"A special request" after being stranded since mid-March in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes. The statements were made through a videoconference with the foreign press.
"The Japanese citizen has entered together with our head of the park so that he can do this before returning to his country," said the minister, noting that Takayama had arrived in the Latin American country"With the dream of being able to enter". In fact, the young man already had his entrance ticket purchased in March.
According to local media, the inhabitants of the area baptized Takayama as "the last tourist to Machu Picchu", because during all this time he was the only foreigner left in the town waiting for the reopening of the archaeological site. Thus, this Saturday the young man became the first visitor to the ruins for seven months.
The initial plan of the young man was to stay in Peru for only three days to visit the Inca city. However, his stay was longer than expected due to the closure imposed by the authorities to contain the covid-19 outbreak."This is so amazing, thank you!"Takayama added.
For his part, Neyra announced that the archaeological site will remain closed until November, although there is still no set date for the reopening. However, he announced that the place will be enabled for national and foreign tourists but with a capacity of30% of its capacity or 675 people per day.