A German tourist, 51-year-old Oliver Park, died on
Wednesday, while trying to take a picture atop
Mount Machu Picchu.The tourist was posing for a
mid-leap photo when he slipped from a ledge on
Machu Picchu mountain and fell approximately
130 feet to his death.
Peruvian officials said the tourist bypassed a a
secure area which was off limits and ventured
into the area.
A Peruvian tourist Guillermo Mestas told TV
station Canal N.:
“He asked a man who was there to take a
photo of him”. “The man came over to take the
photo and in the moment he was handing him
the camera, he lost his balance and fell.”
By the time rescuers reached the tourist about
an hour and a half later, the man was dead”
His body was removed from the mountainside and
taken by train to a morgue in Cusco on Thursday
night, according to Canal N.
The German’s death was the latest in a long
string of accidents suffered by tourists as they
posed for photographs in scenic locations.
Machu Picchu is a particularly dangerous location
for trying to take a selfie. The site, which is
considered sacred by many Peruvians, is located
8,000 feet above sea level.