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Outrage after tourists defecate on and destroy parts of Machu Picchu – group facing prison

Outrage after tourists defecate on and destroy parts of Machu Picchu - group facing prison 1

There are currently six cameras on-site, and two more in the cultural centre, however, after the incident, a further 20 are set to be installed.

Bastante told local media: “The new cameras will be installed in places such as Casa del Guardian, Intipunku, the entrance of Huayna Picchu and even the Puente Ruinas, we want to cover the most amount of places possible.”

The incident adds to a wider conversation around tourism in sacred and ancient sites.

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In October, Australian authorities instigated the closure of Uluru rock after mass tourism destroyed the environment.

Meanwhile, a series of UNESCO closures around the world, including Thailand’s Maya Bay and Fjadrarglijufur Canyon, Iceland, begs the question of whether tourism is negatively impacting these areas of natural beauty.

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