Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Machu Picchu's 'defecating' tourists to be deported from Peru

Machu Picchu's 'defecating' tourists to be deported from Peru

Six tourists are in trouble after Peruvian police said they were caught vandalizing the famous Incan sanctuary Machu Picchu.

It's not the first time Machu Picchu - Peru's most popular tourist site - has been damaged by humans.

CNN reported that Darwin Baca León, mayor of the Machupicchu District, which contains the iconic Machu Picchu site, told reporters the accused had "attacked" the local heritage.The tourists were detained and now under investigation.

It is unknown if the tourists are now being detained as of Tuesday, and according to the Agence France-Presse (AFP), the group faces up to four years in prison if found guilty.

The tourists were arrested on Sunday when police and park rangers found them in a restricted area of the sacred Temple of the Sun, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.

Three Argentines, a Brazilian, a Chilean and a French woman make up the group.

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Authorities said the tourists, from Chile, Brazil, France and Argentina, snuck into the ruins and caused a rock to fall from a wall of the Temple of the Sun, damaging it.

Several parts of the temple are off-limits to tourists for preservation reasons.

The Temple of Sun was used to pay tribute to the sun, considered the creator of all things and the most important deity in the Inca empire.

One tourist has been charged and will go on trial in Peru while the others were expelled from the country on Wednesday. They were only released after agreeing to pay $100,000 in damages.

Machu Picchu, which means "old mountain" in the Quechua language indigenous to the area, is perched 2438m above sea level at the top of a lush mountain and was built during the reign of the Inca emperor Pachacuti.

The sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most incredible wonders of the medieval world, is about to get a much-needed eco-friendly makeover.

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