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German Tourist Dies After Falling Off Cliff at Machu Picchu

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 02, 2016

German Tourist Dies After Falling Off Cliff at Machu Picchu

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A German tourist died when he fell into the Andean ravine at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu while posing for a photograph Wednesday.

According to The Associated Press, Machu Picchu archaeological park director Fernando Astete said that a 51-year-old man named Oliver Paps had entered a prohibited area of the ruins by climbing over a barrier put in place to protect tourists.

Paps was reportedly attempting to have a picture taken of him near the edge of the cliff when he fell more than 300 feet and died. Park officials announced Friday that the body of the victim had been recovered.

The Washington Post shared a first-hand witness account of how the man fell.

“He asked a man who was there to take a photo of him,” the Peruvian tourist said. “The man came over to take the photo and in the moment he was handing him the camera, he lost his balance and fell.”


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