Peru Deports 5 Tourists Accused of Defiling Machu Picchu Temple
After six tourists allegedly damaged a stone wall and the floor of a temple and defecated at Machu Picchu’s National Archaeological Park, the Peruvian police have deported five to Bolivia and charged one with committing a crime against cultural heritage.
According to a statement by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, the tourists from Chile, Brazil, France, and Argentina illegally snuck into the ruins of the citadel before dawn on Sunday, January 12. During their intrusion, they caused a rock to fall from a wall in the Temple of the Sun, cracking the floor below. To make matters worse, one of the illegal visitors allegedly defecated in the ruins of the Incan city.
One of the intruders, Argentine tourist Nahuel Gómez, 28, admitted to causing the damage to the Temple of the Sun, and remains in custody in Peru.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the ancient Incan ruins have been disrespected by tourists. In 2014 authorities struggled with a trend of tourists getting naked at the location.