Shame! Tourists arrested for taking naked selfies at Machu Picchu, they should have come to Cape Town

2016-03-04 08:12 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - Authorities in Peru on Thursday arrested a pair of European tourists who had stripped naked to take photos at the Machu Picchu ruins, media reported.

AFP reports guards spotted the two men - a Briton and a Frenchman - after they removed their clothes to take nude selfies of themselves in the iconic 15th-century Inca citadel, named a Unesco World Heritage site in 1983.

They were taken to a police station and then to court, where they were charged with moral misconduct.

Peru increased surveillance at the site in March 2014 as nude photos and streaking has become a bit of a tourist trend at Machu Picchu. 

But for those not wanting to risk arrest, there is always the annual Cape Town Naked  Bike Ride - affording you the opportunity of taking part of a global peaceful, imaginative and fun protest against oil dependency and car culture.

So Grab your bike and expo your natural self:

When: Saturday 5 March 2016 

From: Sea Point Library car park at 9:45am.

Start: 10:00am. The route will go down the fan walk, right onto Long Street, up onto Bree street, back along to the fan walk and finish back at Sea Point Library.

So come as bare as you dare - check out our SA weekend guide for more exciting things to do. Also don't forget the Cape Town Cycle Tour taking place, so be aware of the various road closures.

Essential details

This ride is NOT ABOUT NUDITY - it's about joining in a world wide campaign/protest for the environment: we ride to raise awareness about the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and to make cycling safer!  

Clothing is optional: The dress code for the World Naked Bike Ride is "Bare As You Dare"! YOU get to decide how naked you wish to be. If that means completely naked, or completely clothed, the decision is yours...

What if I don't have a bike?

There are loads of places to rent bikes in Cape Town: Rent here or BEN bikes are also happy to make as many bikes available as possible – but you need to pick the bike up from them in Marina de Gama. You just need a copy of your ID and a R50 charge (you can keep the bike from Friday to Monday).

Contact Andrew at Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) email:, +27 825989178 (cell/mob); +27 217884174 (w)

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