Jesse Katayama had traveled to Peru in March to visit Machu Picchu. He was staying in Aguas Calientes, a mountain village near the site when Peru suddenly closed its borders following the coronavirus outbreak. The Japanese actually only wanted to stay in Peru for a few days, he was eventually detained for seven months. With the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu in your pocket. But the archaeological site was also closed as a result of the corona pandemic.
Katayama will soon be able to return to Japan, which is why he has submitted a special request to the Ministry of Culture in Peru. Whether he couldn’t go to Machu Picchu after all? The request was granted, he was granted permission. And so he visited the ancient archaeological site on Saturday, the first tourist in nearly seven months. The visit was guided by the director of the archaeological site. For Katayama it was a dream come true. “Really fantastic, thank you,” he said in a video shot at the top of the mountain.
Watch Katayama’s visit to the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu here: (read more below the images)