PHOTOS: Machu Picchu reopening after coronavirus pandemic closure

Except workers repairing roads and signs, Peru's majestic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is eerily empty ahead of its reopening Sunday after seven months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The long closure of Peru's No. 1 tourist draw, which has hammered the local economy, marks the second time it has been shut down since it opened its doors to tourism in 1948. The first time was in 2010 when torrential and prolonged rains forced it to close.

Updated On Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST
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The Machu Picchu archeological site is devoid of tourists while it’s closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST

The Machu Picchu archeological site is devoid of tourists while it’s closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP)

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The Machu Picchu archeological site is devoid of tourists while it's closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST

The Machu Picchu archeological site is devoid of tourists while it's closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)

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Restaurants are closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Aguas Calientes, at the base of Macchu Pichu, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST

Restaurants are closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Aguas Calientes, at the base of Macchu Pichu, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)

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Maintenance workers clean the empty Machu Picchu archeological site that's closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST

Maintenance workers clean the empty Machu Picchu archeological site that's closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)

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The famous sundial "Intihuatana" stands at the empty Machu Picchu archeological site, devoid of tourists while it's closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST

The famous sundial "Intihuatana" stands at the empty Machu Picchu archeological site, devoid of tourists while it's closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)

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Lamas walk inside the empty Machu Picchu archeological site, devoid of tourists while it's closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST

Lamas walk inside the empty Machu Picchu archeological site, devoid of tourists while it's closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)

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A lama lays on the grass at the Machu Picchu archeological site, where only maintenance workers gather while it's closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST

A lama lays on the grass at the Machu Picchu archeological site, where only maintenance workers gather while it's closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)

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The Machu Picchu archeological site is devoid of tourists while it’s closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:20 PM IST

The Machu Picchu archeological site is devoid of tourists while it’s closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (AP)

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