Machu Picchu Grapples With Streaker Crisis

Historic site boosts surveillance

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 8, 2014 4:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Machu Picchu is the victim of what could, Gawker notes, be a new international trend: naked travel. Peru's ruins are undergoing increased surveillance amid what might be termed a streaking crisis. Two men, a 30-year-old New Zealander and an 18-year-old Australian, were nabbed last year for nudity, the Guardian reports. Though they were instructed to wipe photos from their camera before they were allowed to go, pictures made the rounds on Peruvian social media.

Another streaker pair were caught on video at the site, apparently chased by a guard. Meanwhile, a British clothing company says it has sent out a "mystery man" to travel "like Jason Bourne but as a nudist," Peruvian Travel Trends reports. Then there's this blog featuring one man's naked travels. A local official says Machu Picchu's surveillance boost is intended to help "avoid these unfortunate events that threaten cultural heritage."

Two streakers tear through Machu Picchu in this YouTube clip.
Two streakers tear through Machu Picchu in this YouTube clip.   (YouTube)
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