Remember the six tourists that were arrested for allegedly defecating on the sacred site Machu Picchu in Peru? Well, five of them were deported and one is facing trial.
Immigration officials confirmed that the five tourists accused of damaging the site – two Brazilians, an Argentine, a Chilean and a French woman – were deported to Bolivia on Thursday and were given “the maximum punishment with expulsion and a ban on entry for a period of 15 years.”
The tourists were dropped off at the Bolivian town of Desaguadero, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, a popular tourist destination.
The sixth tourist, 28-year-old Argentine Nahuel Gomez, has been barred from leaving the small town of Machu Picchu after he admitted damaging the Temple of the Sun. He faces a trial that could put him in jail for four years.
Gomez admitted to causing a stone slab to fall from a temple wall. It was chipped when it fell to the ground, causing a crack in the floor. He must sign in at a local court every 10 days while awaiting trial.
Machu Picchu is an important edifice in the Inca sanctuary and cultural heritage of Indigenous people prior to the Spanish conquest in South America.