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Tourist Jesse Katayama at Machu Picchu
Tourist Jesse Katayama at Machu Picchu

Japanese Tourist Lives Everyone’s Dream in Peru

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a whole city to yourself? An entire ancient civilization left for only you to explore? That’s exactly what one tourist got to experience on their trip to Machu Picchu.

It didn’t start out all that lucky for Jesse Katayama. The Japanese citizen travels the world as a boxing coach, but found himself stuck in Peru for seven months due to the spread of coronavirus – SEVEN MONTHS! The dude has had his admission ticket since March, but has made good use of his time by training around the Incan city’s outskirts with his eyes always on the prize.

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マチュピチュキタァァァァァァァァァァァァァァァァァァ‼️‼️‼️ この前の新聞見てくれて 「頑張って」「応援してる」 「なんでも頼って」 「マチュピチュの俺の家タダで使ってええよ」 「マチュピチュ開いたらタダでガイドしたる」 「マチュピチュ村の村長に行ける様に言っとくわ」 ペルーの人達、ペルーに住んでる日本の人達から沢山メッセージもらいました😂 もう行けへんやろなと思ってたけど、皆さんが村長、政府に頼んでくれて 超特別に行かせてもらった👏🏽笑 ペルーの人達みんな優しすぎるぅ〜くぅ〜 本当にありがとうございます!! 村長と一緒にマチュピチュいった人今までおらんやろ笑 閉鎖後、1番最初にマチュピチュ行った地球人は俺だぁぁぁぁぁ🔥🔥🔥 #世界一周 #バックパッカー #27ヵ国目 #ペルー #マチュピチュ #貸し切り #村長のガイド付き #村長ごっつ男前 #トムクルーズ似なんよ #ミッションインポッシブルなんよ #peru #machupicchu #lastsamurai

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Just when it seemed like he would have to head home,  Jesse got the green light to enter the historic site with the help of some friends he made along with Peru’s Ministry of Culture. Besides the park’s leaders and a few photographers, our resilient traveler got to experience the full serenity of Peru’s majestic cultural landmark all to himself.

After his long awaited visit, Katayama has announced he will return home on Oct. 16th. He leaves the town of Aguas Calientes with a heavy heart, saying “these seven months have been very special to me. I have discovered a new part of me.”

As for Machu Picchu, the former city will reopen to visitors around the world in November, but at a limited capacity of 30%. At least you won’t have to wait as long as our friend Jesse.

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