Efforts by Peruvian authorities to crack down on streakers at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu hasn’t yet deterred visitors from showing it all.
International tourists that bear it all for a picture at Machu Picchu caught local and global media attention over the last few weeks when pictures of the naked tourists were posted online. Authorities in Cusco have taken the issue seriously, saying that the growing trend is an attack on decency and threatens Peru’s cultural heritage.
Government officials in Cusco, where Machu Picchu is located, have promised to crack down on the nude-photo taking. Among a series of rule changes that the government plans to implement for visitors of Machu Picchu, is the prohibition of stripping down.
The government’s rules say that “practicing nudity and obscene acts contrary to morals and good customs” is one of 27 acts of conduct that are prohibited under the new regulations.
Still, this week has seen a number of travelers defy the authorities.
On Friday, four American tourists were detained while posing nude for photos at Machu Picchu. Three of the tourists were in their earlier twenties, while one was in his mid-fifties.
That case followed the detention earlier in the week of four other tourists – two Canadians and two Australians – for posing naked.