Peru has opened the famous Machu Picchu landmark for a single tourist who has been trapped in the country for seven months by the coronavirus lockdown.

Japanese traveller Jesse Katayama was due to visit the iconic Inca site in March before it closed due to Covid-19.

Culture Minister Alejandro Neyra said he was granted access after submitting a special request.

The ancient citadel, the South American country's top tourist attraction, is expected to re-open at a reduced capacity next month although no exact date has been given.

Mr Katayama planned to spend only a few days in Peru, but became stranded in the town of Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to the site, in mid-March because of coronavirus travel restrictions.

Japanese tourist Jesse Katayama finally got to visit Machu Picchu in Peru after seven months of waiting

Mr Neyra said: "He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter."

Mr Katayama was permitted to enter the ruins on Saturday with the head of the park "so that he can do this before returning to his country".

The Inca citadel is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the world

In a video recorded on top of Machu Picchu Mountain, the tourist celebrated the long-awaited trip.

An ecstatic Mr Katayama said: "This tour is truly amazing, thank you."

Peru has reported more than 849,000 cases and 33,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to data collected by John Hopkins University.

Machu Picchu has been designated one of the New7Wonders of the World and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world.

In normal times it welcomes more than half a million visitors every year with around 2,500 people making the trek each day.

Tourists and locals have a range of different methods of reaching the famous summit, from week-long treks to day trips.

Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century in about 1450 but the Incas abandoned it about 100 years later at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire.

It was declared a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage site two years later.