Drones deployed at Machu Picchu to stop tourists pooing on sacred site
Drones and CCTV will be introduced at Machu Picchu due to a spate of pooing incidents at the world-famous site.
The decision was made after a recent incident involving a group, who were arrested after being accused of defecating inside the Temple of the Sun, as well as being in a restricted area.
One of the six, 28-year-old Nahuel Gomez from Argentina, also admitted attempting to remove a stone slab which then fell from the temple wall and caused a crack in the floor.
He was fined $360 (£275) and must pay $1,500 (£1,140) to the culture ministry for repairs.
He also received a suspended sentence of three years and four months, but is allowed to leave the country once he has paid the fine.
The other five tourists were deported last week and barred from returning to Peru for 15 years.
Jose Bastante, head of the archeological park in Peru, said: “We are going to strengthen security at Machu Picchu by installing high-tech cameras.
“This will allow us to better control visitors and avoid any action or infraction to the regulations, also any type of risk."
The 18 new cameras will reportedly be placed at three strategic points of the citadel, as well as access points from the surrounding mountains.
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The group that was recently arrested consisted of four men and two women between the ages of 20 and 32: two Argentines, two Brazilians, a Chilean and a French woman.
They allegedly entered the UNESCO World Heritage site the day before their arrest and hid, intending to spend the night there, which is prohibited.
When the site was an Inca citadel, the Temple of the Sun would have been used to make offerings to the sun god – the civilization’s most important deity.
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