Peru has opened the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist who had waited seven months to visit this New 7 Wonder of the World. Jesse Katayama had planned to spend his holidays in Peru, but was trapped in the country during the lockdown.


According to Perú’s Culture Minister, Alejandro Neyra, Mr Katayama was granted access after submitting a special request. Mr Katayama was permitted to enter the ruins on Saturday with the head of the park “so that he can do this before returning to his country”, Mr Neyra said.


In a video recorded on top of Machu Picchu mountain, the tourist celebrated the long-awaited trip: “this tour is truly amazing, thank you”, said Mr Katayama.


Machu Picchu is expected to re-open to tourists at reduced capacity next month.