A Japanese tourist who was stranded in Peru for almost seven months amid the coronavirus pandemic finally got to visit the famed ruins of Machu Picchu — which was opened only for him, according to reports.
Jesse Katayama, 26, was eager to visit the 15th-century Inca citadel sitting on a 7,970-foot mountain ridge when he arrived in the Andean country in March, but the deadly bug had other plans, the Guardian reported.
“He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter,” Culture Minister Alejandro Neyra said in a virtual press conference Monday, according to the news outlet.
“The Japanese citizen has entered together with our head of the park so that he can do this before returning to his country,” he added after the longtime visitor submitted a special request while holed up in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes.
Peru, which has so far reported 33,305 coronavirus-related deaths, has the highest per-capita mortality rate