Machu Picchu Opened for Lone Japanese Tourist Stuck in Peru for 7 Months

After traveling to Peru earlier this year in the hopes of visiting Machu Picchu and becoming stranded in the country for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic, a Japanese tourist was finally granted access to the site this week and given a solitary tour of the iconic location. Jesse Katayama's amazing story reportedly began back in March when he arrived at the Peruvian town of Aguas Calientes with a pre-purchased pass to explore the nearby 15th-century Inca citadel in a few days time.

However, much like what has happened at many popular tourist destinations around the world this year, Peruvian officials closed the site to tourists in response to the coronavirus pandemic right before Katayama's scheduled visit. Incredibly, rather than simply find a way back home to Japan and give up on his quest, the dedicated traveler actually rented an apartment in Aguas Calientes, got a job in the town, and patiently waited for the lockdown to end.

More on this amazing story at the Coast to Coast AM website.