Adam Burton was arrested for posing naked at Machu Picchu – but this is just one incident in a growing online trend
A British tourist who stripped naked to pose for a photo at Machu Picchu in Peru has been arrested by local authorities.
But the actions of 23-year-old Adam Burton are not an example of an isolated incident.
There is a growing trend online for ‘naked tourism’ pictures – people daring to bare all in front of popular landmarks or beautiful landscapes.
The risqué snaps were also blamed for a subsequent earthquake which killed 18 people.
Look online and there are countless websites, blogs and social media groups dedicated to the hobby.
One Facebook page, Naked at Monuments , features shots of naked men posing in front of famous landmarks around the world.
From Ayres Rock and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the daring travellers appear completely nude ‘as nature intended’.
In the ‘about us’ section of their page, they simply offer the explanation: “We get naked around the world. Pretty self explanatory really…”
Similarly, on the site MyNakedTrip.com , Israeli traveller Amichay Rab documents an entire journey around South America with countless nude pictures.
This week Fertur Peru Travel, which organises tours to Machu Picchu, said in a statement: “Stripping naked at Machu Picchu probably isn’t a great idea, unless you want to be removed from the citadel and possibly face criminal charges.
“Prudish perhaps, but those are the rules.”
And teenage girls were sent into meltdown in September when Luke Hemmings, a member of the band 5 Seconds of Summer, posted a naked snap of himself at the Grand Canyon on Twitter before quickly deleting it.
With the rise of social media, it’s possible that travellers want to come up with more ‘daring’ pictures to impress their followers.