The Peruvian authorities deported 5 vacationers and arrested a sixth accused of damaging a temple at Machu Picchu, the well-known Incan ruins within the Andes, the National Police stated.
The vacationers have been caught simply earlier than 6 a.m. on Sunday by workers members who work on the archaeological park, the Ministry of Culture stated in a press release on Tuesday, figuring out them as 4 males and two girls from Argentina, Chile, Brazil and France.
The ministry stated there was proof that the group had sneaked into the positioning illegally on Saturday evening and broken a stone wall within the Temple of the Sun by inflicting a bit to fall about 20 ft and crack the ground. Fecal matter was additionally discovered on the website.
On Wednesday, 5 of the vacationers have been deported to Bolivia, the National Police of Peru stated. An Argentine vacationer, Nahuel Gómez, 28, confronted a cost of committing against the law in opposition to cultural heritage and remained in custody in Peru.
The Cusco workplace of the Ministry of Culture stated in a statement Wednesday that Mr. Gómez had admitted causing damage to the temple wall and entering the park illegally before dawn.
José Bastante, the chief of archaeological work at Machu Picchu, called on the authorities to quickly determine responsibility and punish the offense.
The Ministry of Culture, condemning the tourists’ conduct, said that domestic and foreign visitors alike should respect and protect Peru’s archaeological heritage.
Machu Picchu, perched 8,000 feet above sea level and overlooking chasms that descend into jungle, attracts thousands of daily visitors and has become one of the world’s most recognizable tourist sites. It was a religious and political center for the Incan state after its construction in the 15th century and contains more than 200 structures and spectacular stonework and architecture.
The Temple of the Sun is a semicircular structure constructed around a large boulder on the lower part of a hill and aligned so that when summer solstice occurs, light shines through a window and aligns with both the boulder and the top of a nearby mountain peak. After the Spanish conquest of the Incas, the remote site was largely abandoned.
More than 450 years later, the growing popularity of Machu Picchu is raising concerns among Peruvian officials and archaeologists who hope to protect the UNESCO world heritage site. Several tourists were reportedly detained for taking nude photos at the site in 2014, and officials have warned tourists not to take pieces of debris as souvenirs.