Peru Reopens World-Famous Tourist Site ‘Machu Picchu’ After Eight Months Of Shutdown

The destination, which previously saw up to 5,000 travellers per day, will allow only 675 visitors now

The pandemic brought the entire world at a standstill and the world-famous tourist site Machu Picchu was a victim of the same. However, after an eight-month shutdown, Peru has finally reopened the site for daily visitors this week. The destination, which previously saw up to 5,000 travellers per day, will allow only 675 visitors now. Take a look at the news video below.

Peruvian officials held a reopening ceremony for the tourist site on Sunday 1 November 2020. The ceremony highlighted the local traditions and also the reception of a Safe Travels’ stamp, a global standard of health and safety protocols laid out by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Peru, Rocio Barrios said, “Today is a very important day for us. After eight very difficult months as a result of the pandemic that battered the globe, today we are once again back. Today, we highlight Peruvian’s capacities for resilience, for rebirth, for fortitude and for strength. And that’s why today we’re saying to the world that we’re coming back and we say it from our most important icon, from our wonder of the world that represents us and identifies us everywhere- Machu Picchu.”

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According to a news portal, the reopening of Machu Picchu highlights the reopening efforts for Peru, that includes its reopening of land borders and resumption of flights from Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Columbia, Panama, Uruguay and Chile. The report also states that Americans can visit with a negative coronavirus test in hand or can stay quarantined for 14 days, although the flights from the United States have not resumed yet. Peru’s coronavirus mortality rate was among the highest in the world.

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A Japanese boxing instructor, Jesse Katayama was on the brink of achieving his longtime dream when Peru closed Machu Picchu in March due to the pandemic. He had travelled halfway around the world to visit the site. But just before he could visit it, Peru declared a state of emergency, leaving him stranded in a nearby town. However, seven months later, the Peruvian government reopened the Machu Picchu just for Katayama. He got the opportunity to see the ruins with no one around, just the director of the site and the photographers accompanying him.

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