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Aussies detained for nudity at Machu Picchu

13/03/2014
Tourists visit the ruins of Machu Picchu near Cusco, Peru, Friday Sept. 12, 1997, after the site was closed for one week because of encroaching forest fires. The mountain in the background, Huayna Picchu, was burned and blackened by the fires. Rain extinguished most of the fires Wednesday before they could harm the ancient Incan city. (AP Photo/Ricardo Choy Kifox) © AP Tourists visit the ruins of Machu Picchu near Cusco, Peru, Friday Sept. 12, 1997, after the site was closed for one week because of encroaching forest fires. The mountain in the background, Huayna Picchu, was burned and blackened by the fires. Rain extinguished most of the fires Wednesday before they could harm the ancient Incan city. (AP Photo/Ricardo Choy Kifox)

Police detained four male tourists, two Australians and two Canadians, for several hours on Wednesday after filming and taking nude photos at Peru's famed Machu Picchu, local authorities said.

The culture ministry has put up signs at the world-famous Inca site warning that people taking their clothes off there was a "crime against culture" and would lead to immediate expulsion from the area.

The latest incidents came after Peru vowed to step up surveillance at its famous historical sites to counter a growing trend of tourists taking nude photos, including at Machu Picchu, and then posting them online, as seen in the video below.

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The Australians, 22 and 24, used a camcorder and the Canadians, both 20, used an iPhone, police at a local police station said.

It was not immediately clear if the four men acted together, separately or individually.

Machu Picchu, an Inca citadel from the 1400s, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

AFP

A llama stands in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco. © Reuters A llama stands in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco.
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