More Tourists Busted for Posing Naked at Machu Picchu

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.

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  1. Idiots like these not only need to be arrested, charged and prosecuted, but made to remain in Peru until trial, then DEPORTED AND BANNED….forever to be denied re-entry into Peru.

    They have NO Concept of history or the decorum required at National Historical Sites….and should not be permitted entry into ANY Latin American country.

  2. My wife and I have long been planning this once in a lifetime trip to Machu Picchu. We were able to experience this mystical, sacred and awe inspiring place this past Sunday and Monday. We saw the signs freshly put up about obscene behavior and were stunned that this could be a problem at one of the Wonders of the World! A most beautiful and sacred place! As Americans abroad we are ashamed ANYONE let alone our OWN countrymen could be so disrespectful. Please accept our heartfelt and sincerest apologies. I have to agree with the other writer here that these people should be punished to the fullest extent of the law in Peru and then forever banned once time served. Their loss. Unbelievable.

    On a positive note – Thank You Peru! We have had the most amazing time here and the Peruvian people we have encountered to the person have been tremendous! We are privlaged and honored to visit your beautiful country and hope to return one day!

  3. Selfish and ill-mannered people should be detained and FINED. Stop those silly behavior by hitting them where it hurts ….. their pocketbook ! Fine them for at least US$500 each.

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