Six tourists are arrested for entering and defecating in Machu Picchu in Peru
- Six tourists were arrested on Sunday afternoon in Machu Picchu in Peru
- Group included a French, two Brazilians, two Argentines and a Chilean
- Police say they have entered a limited area and knocked over part of a brick wall
- Officers also say that faecal matter has been found and accuse the group of pooping
Six tourists face imprisonment after being accused of defecating in a sacred temple in Machu Picchu, one of the seven new wonders of the world.
The group was reportedly arrested on Sunday after rangers found them in a limited area of the Temple of the Sun, an important part of the iconic site.
“The six tourists are being detained and investigated by the prosecution for alleged crime against cultural heritage,” Cusco regional police chief Wilbert Leyva told the local press.
Six tourists have been arrested for ‘damage to the cultural heritage of Peru’ by entering Machu Picchu and overthrowing part of a stone wall, leaving a mark in the ground (right)
The top officer said a “crack” was found in a piece of stone that “had broken down a wall and caused a crack in the floor.”
And the cultural authorities of the region said that droppings were found in the Temple of the Sun, parts of which are forbidden for tourist reasons.
Police said the group consisted of one French tourist, two Brazilians, two Argentines and one Chilean.
Police say they have also found faecal matter in the area and suspect that part of the group is defecating (photo, the fallen stone)
They are faced with at least four years in prison if they are found guilty of damaging Peru’s heritage. When the site was an Inca citadel, the Temple of the Sun would have been used to make sacrifices to the sun god – the most important deity of civilization.
The arrests follow announcements from the Peruvian government that they would plant a million trees around the historic site to protect it from mud slides.
The area runs the risk of mudslides due to heavy rainfall in the winter.
President Martin Vizcarra said the promise was “a commitment from the government, the region, the municipality and all citizens who want to protect this wonder of the world.”
Measures have recently been announced to better protect three important parts of the site, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Condor and the Intihuatana stone.
It is believed that Machu Picchu dates from the 1450s and that it was used for around 80 years before it was abandoned during the Spanish conquests.
The group – consisting of one French, two Brazilians, two Argentines and one Chilean – was arrested on Sunday at the Inca site (file image)