A German tourist died last Wednesday while posing for a photo at the 15th-century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Oliver Park, 51, ventured into a restricted area, apparently ignoring warning signs and instructions from wardens, the BBC reported.
News reports said that while posing for a photo at the edge of a ravine, Park apparently leapt into the air to make the picture look more dramatic – only to disappear over a cliff.
Another report said he was handing his camera to a man to take a photo of him, when he slipped and fell.
Reports agree the deceased was in a part of the park off limits to tourists. Restrictions were imposed in 2014 after repeated cases of tourists prancing naked around the historic site, causing offence to locals and to Peruvian sensibilities.
Several American tourists were detained for stripping naked two years ago, the Peruvian Times reported. America’s CNN network referred to a 2013 incident in which a naked couple was videotaped by other tourists “while streaking across Machu Picchu’s grass field and bounding down a stone staircase like a pair of adolescent antelopes”.
Peru’s Ministry of Culture says visiting Machu Picchu naked is “disrespectful” and contrary to the region’s cultural heritage.
As well as nudity, overcrowding is a problem at the site. It makes it difficult to detect tourists who venture into restricted areas, though they may stand out if they are naked.
Written by Peter Needham