Thursday, March 27, 2014

Perú: Update--More Than 60 Foreign Tourists Detained at Sacsayhuaman Near Cusco, Drunk, Drugged

According to The Peruvian Times and The Times of Israel,  More than 60 foreign tourists were detained during a drug-fueled party at the Sacsayhuaman archaeological ruins outside Cusco, according to local and international media.

The party-goers were mostly Israelis, but also included a number of Argentines, all of whom were surprised early Sunday morning (March 23)  by officials from Cusco’s regional culture office who had gone to check out the disturbance after hearing loud, electronic music, according to the Peruvian daily, La Republica

The officials called police, and found the tourists, many of whom were drunk and allegedly on drugs, in a small building located in a part of the Sacsayhuaman site called Mulluqocha. 

Worse, some of the tourists were reportedly having sex in the building’s basement rooms, which were reportedly used for spiritual sessions and contained archaeological pieces.

COMMENT: Authorities say they found marijuana and cocaine at the so-called “Peyote Party.” They also found a large amount of alcohol and cans of spray paint. Several archaeological sites in and around Cusco have been defaced in recent weeks and months by individuals using spray paint.

The director of the Sacsayhuaman archaeological park, Oscar Montufar, said the owners of the building never received authorization to build it in Mulluqocha. He said that 21 fragments of Inca ceramics were found in the basement rooms of the building, which were possibly found during its construction.

“The Mulluqocha sector is very close to the main part of Sacsayhuaman,” said Montufar. “It is also close to an Inca pool that was a worshipping center.”

The TIMES OF ISRAEL, reported that many of the tourists had been released, although eight Israeli tourists remained in custody on charges of alleged drug use and  theft of archaeological artifacts.

It is strongly recommended that any foreigner or Peruvian resident be jailed for 14 days and banned from archaeological ruins in Perú in those cases where they have been arrested in connection with public drunkenness, drug possession and/or destruction of archaeological artifacts.