European tourists expelled from Machu Picchu over nude photos
Lima, May 4 (EFE).- Two European tourists, one French and the other Swiss, were expelled Thursday from Peru’s World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu after one posed naked and the other took photos.
“The wonder of the world should be respected! A foreigner who undressed just to take pictures in the archaeological remains of Machu Picchu in Cuzco was detained by PNP (Peruvian National Police) Tourism personnel,” the PNP announced on Twitter alongside a photo of one of the men.
Later, Director of Culture of Cusco Maritza Rosa Candia told RPP radio that on Thursday morning, security guards at the country’s most iconic tourist spot noticed that there was a naked tourist near the House of the Guardian, in the upper part of the Inca citadel.
“Today two tourists of foreign nationality who were without clothes have been registered, and that is not permitted in the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu. The visitor regulations obviously prohibit this type of act. Our staff has immediately acted and notified them with the police that they have to get dressed and leave the sanctuary,” said Candia.
The photographs taken by the 23-year-old Frenchman of the 26-year-old Swiss man were deleted in front of police officers, and the tourists were transferred to the police station to continue proceedings.
Candia called on visitors to comply with the provisions of the visiting regulations and the recommendations provided by the security personnel of Machu Picchu. EFE