The Chilean authorities arrested three unnamed Belgian tourists with the charge of causing damage to the Atacama Giant, a geoglyph dating back to the 10th century.
The suspects were captured at the camera last Sunday as they drove on a off-road vehicle the lines that make up the geoglyph, a 119-meter-tall human figure dug into the side of Mount Unitas in the Atacama Desert, 1800 km north of Santiago.
The three Belgian citizens were stopped Friday at the Santiago International Airport while trying to board a flight to Europe, the police inspector Pablo Ibarra told reporters.
"These three people were in a vehicle where they drove over the feet and head of the monument, causing damage," he said.
If convicted, tourists could face fines and jail,
Scholars suggest that the Atacama Giant may represent the ancient Andean divinity Tunupa-Tarapaca, which, according to legend, traveled from Lake Titicaca to the 39; Pacific Ocean.
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