July 2, 2016 12:41 pm -

He jumped into the air to capture a moment and fell to his death.

Oliver Paps, a 51-year-old from Germany, fell 650 feet into a ravine at the Andean archaeological site on Wednesday, police told AFP.

An official witness told the outlet that Paps said, “I’m going to jump in the air — take a photo for me as a memory,” before another Machu Picchu visitor photographed him as he fell into the abyss.


He had crossed over a barrier meant to keep visitors safely away from the edge of the mountainous tourist attraction, Machu Picchu’s director Fernando Astete said.



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