Stranded in Peru by COVID-19 pandemic, this tourist got to visit Machu Picchu all by himself
Jesse Katayama just experienceda major upside to being trapped in Peru for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic: a private tour of Machu Picchu.
The Japanese citizen, who had traveled to Peru in March to see the 500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage sitein the Andes mountains, had been stuck in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes since the world went into lockdown mode in March. But on Saturday, he finally got his wish.
“He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter,” Culture Minister Alejandro Neyrasaid in a virtual press conference Monday, according to wire service Reuters and British newspaper The Guardian. “The Japanese citizen has entered together with our head of the park so that he can do this before returning to his country.”
据路透社和英国报纸The Guardian报道，文化部长亚历杭德罗·内拉·卡斯特罗(Alejandro Neyra)周一在一次虚拟新闻发布会上表示：“他带着能够进入秘鲁的梦想来到秘鲁。”“这位日本公民和我们的园长一起进来了，这样他就可以在回国前做这件事了。”
The first visitor to Machu Picchu in over seven months, Katayama posted Instagram photosof himself posing in a maskat the site. Neyra also shared a thank-youvideo in whichKatayama proclaimed his visit "amazing."
Neyra also noted that the lush mountain citadelwill reopen to domestic and international visitors in November but did not specify a date. Capacity will be capped at 30%, or about 200 people per day. Pre-pandemic, 675 people a day visited.
“We are still in the middle of a pandemic,” Neyra told reporters. “It will be done with all the necessary care.”
According to the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru has extended its national quarantine through Oct. 31, though it has begun to ease restrictions as part of Phase 4 of its reopening plan. Tourism businesses were allowed to resume operations at the beginning of the month.
However, the U.S. State Department's travel advisoryfor Peru is currentlyat aLevel 4 ("Do no travel"), its most severe warning, due to COVID-19 and crime in some regions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also gives Peru its most severe warning, advising Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to the South American country.
According to World Health Organization data, Peru has had more than 849,000 total cases of COVID-19 with more than 3,000 new ones reported in the last 24 hours. Some 33,305 have died.