A tourist faces charges and five others could be deported after being accused of vandalizing the sacred ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.
It is claimed that the four men and two women, from Chile, Brazil, France and Argentina, have damaged the stone and defecated among the tourist attraction.
They were reportedly discovered in a restricted part of the site, where part of a broken stone wall was found and authorities also found feces.
Police said an Argentine man will remain in the country to face charges of “destroying Peru’s cultural heritage.”
Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site located high in the Andes mountains.
The mysterious Inca citadel, which was built in the 1400s, comprises three main structures: Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun and the Hall of the Three Windows.
The site is visited by more than one million people a year, which has raised concerns about the damage to its centuries-old stone.