Tourists kicked out of Machu Picchu for mooning ancient ruins

A group of young tourists were kicked out of Machu Picchu for mooning the ancient ruins.


Three tourists were kicked out of Machu Picchu on Tuesday after taking pictures of their naked buttocks in front of the ruins of the Incas.

“The three tourists dropped their pants to their buttocks and took photos,” police officer Martin Flores told AFP, adding that it is not allowed. “In accordance with the internal rules in place, there are the three tourists were expelled, but they were not detained.”

The tourists were a 21-year-old from Germany, a 24-year-old man from Switzerland, and a 26-year-old man from the Netherlands.

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Naturist holidays to the 15th-century Peruvian monument has become such a common problem that in 2014 the peruvian Ministry of Culture declared the positions “disrespectful” and “unfortunate events that threaten cultural heritage.”

Park rules are now printed on the back of admission tickets and the rules clear prohibition on nudity on the spot. While there are no estimates of how many tourists a year trying to expose on the Peruvian citadel, in 2015 alone, at least 10 tourists were caught taking nude photos.

It is estimated that more than 1.2 million tourists visit Machu Picchu each year. However, the tourist’s own popularity can actually hurt in the long term. In July, the officials, the implementation of a new policy of time tickets to help spread the flow of visitors. Visitors must now stay on one of the three approved paths instead of exploring routes independently.

This article originally appeared on the Travel + Leisure.

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