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A Single Tourist Was Allowed to Tour Machu Picchu Alone

The ruins of Machu Picchu, a historical site nestled in the Andes mountains.
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Imagine being able to tour a world heritage site alone as your pandemic vacation. Well, that’s what happened to one Japanese tourist who visited Machu Picchu in Peru.

Japanese citizen Jesse Takayama arrived in Peru in March to tour Machu Picchu, but COVID-19 travel restrictions and closures hit as he was there. Not only was Takayama unable to tour the site, but he has been stranded in the country for seven months due to travel restrictions. While that seems like a nightmare, things really worked out for this tourist.

Takayama submitted a special request to open Machu Picchu, and it was granted. He and the head of the park entered the citadel together, and the stranded man was finally able to see the famous Incan historical site. He may have had to wait quite a bit to see the ruins but when he did it was certainly a VIP experience.

[Via People]

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