Tourists accused of damaging, defecating on Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the most iconic site from the Inca empire that ruled much of western South America in the 15th and 16th centuries

Machu Picchu is the most iconic site from the Inca empire that ruled much of western South America in the 15th and 16th centuries

Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site visited by more than a million tourists a year.

Six tourists face jail after being accused of defecating in a sacred temple at Machu Picchu, one of the seven new wonders of the world.

The tourists were arrested on Sunday after park rangers and police found them in a restricted area of the Temple of the Sun, an important site at the Inca citadel.

Leyva said there was a "fracture" found in a piece of stone that had was "broken off a wall and caused a crack in the floor".

CNN reported that Darwin Baca León, mayor of the Machupicchu District, which contains the iconic Machu Picchu site, told reporters the accused had "attacked" the local heritage.The tourists were detained and now under investigation.

Cultural authorities from Cusco, the region where Machu Picchu is located, said feces were found in the Temple of the Sun.

The tourists now face at least a four-year jail term if found guilty of damaging the nation's cultural heritage.

The Temple of the Sun is off limits to tourists for conservation reasons and to help preserve the Inca shrine.

One of the foreigners allegedly defecated inside the Incan city.

Three Argentines, a Brazilian, a Chilean and a French woman make up the group.

Machu Picchu which means "Old Mountain" in the Quechua language was abandoned following the Spanish conquests of the 1600s.

Four American tourists were detained in March of that year for removing their clothes and posing for photos at the site.

Darwin Baca León, mayor of the Machupicchu district, which contains the iconic Machu Picchu site, told reporters after the arrests were made that the group had "attacked" the local heritage.

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