You would never have thought to find yourself alone in front of the majesty of the world-wide admired Inca ruins. He japanese tourist Jesse Takayama had bought his ticket to visit the Macchu Picchu in March, but just a day before, the state of alarm in Peru. The Peruvian authorities, exceptionally, allowed him to Sunday enter the monumental complex after 7 months closed.
Known in Peru as “the last tourist of Machu Picchu”, Takayama stayed since mid-March in the city of Agua Calientes waiting to fulfill his dream. After making a special request, he got a exceptional permit to access the ruins, accompanied by the park director. The 26-year-old Japanese declared to the newspaper The Republic: “I wanted to see Machu Picchu, but a day before I did, the sanctuary closed due to the pandemic. I stayed with the sole purpose of knowing this wonder and I didn’t want to leave without doing it first“.
Machu Picchu should reopen in November
After a first attempt in july, which was discarded because coronavirus infections continued to rise in the Cusco region (southeast), the citadel plans to open in November.
According to the new protocols, only 675 tourists can enter per day, that is, the 30% of the total authorized in normal season. They must enter groups of eight visitors with a guide and they will have to maintain a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters between each person.
Before the pandemic, between 2,000 and 3,000 people visited the citadel per day, and in high season, up to 5,000. In March, on the last day of the visit, 2,500 people entered.
Peru accumulates 849,371 cases of covid-19 and it is the country with the highest death rate in the world in proportion to its population, with 101 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.