Nudism is nothing new. Neither, of course, is travel. But tourists getting their kit off and snapping photos at famed attractions? This appears to have become a ‘thing’.
Last week, three tourists were issued a warning at Machu Picchu’s Incan citadel for baring their buttocks in aid of a holiday snap. It’s against the rules you see, on account of locals finding it disrespectful, but it happens so often that in 2014, the Peruvian culture ministry felt inclined to issue a reminder that all nudity at the Unesco World Heritage Site is banned.
The three in question were all mid-twenties travellers, one French, one from the Netherlands and one Swiss. The latter, who wished to remain anonymous, later told newspaper 20 Minuten that wardens on the site had informed his group “incidents like this happened regularly” but admitted: “it was a dumb idea”. (He got off lucky. A British tourist was arrested for the same crime at Machu Picchu and charged with moral misconduct in 2016.)