Jesse Takayama arrived in the country in March, at the very beginning of the pandemic, and decided to stay until he had a chance to visit the legendary Inca city. Local residents dubbed him “the last tourist to Macchu Picchu”
The story of Japanese Jesse Takayama is one of the most picturesque in this coronavirus pandemic.
The 26-year-old arrived in Peru in mid-March to fulfill his dream of getting to know Macchu Picchu, the legendary Inca city set in one of the highest points of the Andes. But when he landed in the country, President Martín Vizcarra had just enacted the first health security measures for the coronavirus, due to the first official cases detected in the country.
Still, Takayama managed to travel to the village of Aguas Calientes, very close to the famous archaeological site, and spent the mandatory two quarantine weeks at an inn there. Then, he could return to his country, with the help of the Japanese government, which repatriated several of his compatriots who were in South America, but decided to stay.
And how it turned out! The tourist decided to stay in the region until visits to the site were reopened. They spent almost 7 months living with the little more than 4 thousand people who live in the locality, who live on tourism, but who during this period totally lost their source of income, except for him, the only remaining visitor.