Tourist dies while posing for photo at Machu Picchu

A German man died Thursday when he lost his balance while taking a photograph in the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, in Peru.

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A representative with Peru's Ministry of Culture identified the man as Oliver Park, 51, according to Peruvian news station Canal N.

A witness told the TV station that the man asked another visitor to take a photo for him before he lost his balance and fell into a ravine around 130 feet deep. El Comercio, a newspaper based in Lima, reported the ravine was actually about 330 feet deep.

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Officials told BBC News that Park was attempting to get a photograph of himself "leaping as if in flight," when he fell.

The man had ignored warnings and walked into an area restricted to visitors, according to El Comercio, in order to get closer to the ravine.

It's not the first time a tourist has died after falling near the archaeological site. German tourist Werner Jobst Grimpen, 73, died in 2013 after falling from a cliff on the Inca Trail, which leads to Machu Picchu. That same year American Rachel Cecilia Gian, 26, fell to her death while hiking on the lower portion of the mountain.

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