Sonri Naidoo
3 minute read
7 Nov 2020
12:00 pm

Machu Picchu the Lost City Rediscovered

Sonri Naidoo

Before the pandemic, around 3 000 people a day would visit Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain” in the Quechua language that predominated in the Inca empire. Now, visitors and staff must pass through a temperature control before entering the site.

Breathtaking Machu Picchu. Image: iStock

Mists hung low over Machu Picchu, adding an eerie, other worldly atmosphere as delighted tourists entered the iconic Inca citadel for the first time after eight months of lockdown due to the coronavirus. Two couples from France and Chile were the lucky first visitors this week to the Unesco World Heritage site. They were brought to the ruins by bus from the tiny Machu Picchu Pueblo village at the foot of the 2 400-metre mountain atop which the ruins sit. “We’re really happy to be here today,” Frenchwoman Veronique, who declined to give her surname, said. She was left stranded...