LIMA – A Frenchman, 28, and an Englishman, 23, were arrested by Peruvian tourism police for taking nude pictures of themselves at the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the Cuzco region in the southeastern part of the country, police authorities said.
Culture Ministry guards alerted tourism police last Wednesday to the presence of two tourists in the agricultural area of the archaeological park taking nude selfies with a mobile phone.
Peruvian police arrested the Frenchman Eric Xavier Mariec and Englishman Adam Burton, both still naked, and took them to the Machu Picchu police station, the state news agency Andina reported.
Both tourists then had to appear before the judge at the Paz Letrado Courthouse in Machu Picchu to be tried for offenses against good behavior.
The Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cuzco said Thursday that the Inca Road’s network of trails that lead to the ruins of Machu Picchu was reopened after the maintenance work was finished that had kept it closed during the month of February.
The route has been accessible since last Tuesday, when a group of tourists started their hike first thing in the morning after waiting for its reopening since the day before.
The visitors, including the two who were arrested, started their trek along the Inca Road network at Kilometer 82 (Mile 51) of the railroad line connecting Cuzco with Machu Picchu.
The head of the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cuzco, Daniel Maravi, said the road system is in excellent condition for visiting tourists.
“We have carried out projects of cleaning, conservation and maintenance of archaeological monuments like Patallaqta, Inkaraccay, Huayllabamba, Runcuraccay, Sayacmarca, Conchamarca, Phuyupatamarca, Winay Wayna and Chachabamba,” Maravi said.
The Inca Road to Machu Picchu is habitually traveled by some 200 tourists and 300 bearers, who take four days to make the 48-kilometer (30-mile) walk to the Inca citadel.