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Stranded Tourist Gets Machu Picchu All To Himself

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. Over the weekend, Jesse Takayama (ph) got to have Machu Picchu all to himself. He was the first tourist to visit the world-renowned Peruvian ruins in seven months. That's how long the park's been shut down because of COVID-19. Peru granted Takayama special permission to enter the World Heritage Site. He's been waiting since March while trapped in Peru because of the pandemic. Upside - he got to use the entry ticket he bought seven months ago, and the view wasn't bad either. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.