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Tourist dies posing for 'flying photo' at top of Machu Picchu

The Machu Picchu site was built by the Incas in the 15th century to worship the sun. Credit: PA

A tourist plunged 200ft to his death while trying to take a "flying" photo at the top of Machu Picchu.

Oliver Paps had asked another tourist to take the snap after climbing over security barriers and entering a restricted area.

Witnesses claim the 51-year-old said: "I'm going to jump in the air - take a photo for me as a memory", before losing his footing and "falling into a deep abyss".

Rescuers recovered the body of the German national from a deep ravine on Thursday afternoon.

The Unesco heritage site of Machu Picchu in Peru was built by the Incas in the 15th century to worship the sun.

It is now one of the most famous tourist destinations in South America.