A group of tourists face jail after allegedly defecating on a temple at historic site Machu Picchu.
The group of six were arrested on Sunday after park rangers found them in a restricted area of the Temple of the Sun at the Incan ruins in Peru.
A police chief said a “fracture” had been found in a piece of stone that had “broken off a wall and caused a crack in the floor”.
Faeces were also found near the Temple, authorities claim.
The group comprised of one French tourist, two Brazilians, two Argentines and a Chilean.
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They face at least four years in prison if found guilty of damaging one of the world’s new wonders.
When the site was an Inca citadel, the Temple of the Sun would have been used to make offerings to the sun god – the civilisation’s most important deity.
The arrests follow announcements from the Peruvian government that they would plant one million trees around the historic site to protect it from mudslides.
President Martin Vizcarra said the pledge was “a commitment from the government, the region, the municipality and all the citizens who want to protect this world wonder”.
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Measures were also recently announced to better protect three key areas of the site, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Condor and the Intihuatana Stone.
Machu Picchu is believed to date back to the 1450s and to have been used for some 80 years before being abandoned during the Spanish conquests.
Last August, two lads were booted out of Machu Picchu after stripping off and taking bare bum pictures.
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Security guards at the Directorate of Culture of the Cusco region alerted the Tourist Police, who arrested the cheeky pair and transferred them to the nearest checkpoint.
Head of the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu, Jose Bastante, said: "Despite the instructions and recommendations given to tourists from the moment they buy their entrance tickets, some bad ones continue to perform these types of immodest acts.
“We must understand that this is a sacred space, this is Machu Picchu, not Disneyland."
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