A photo taken by a tourist from the Philippines has led to an uproar among locals in Peru, where it’s believed to have been taken by an undocumented Filipino.
The photo shows the river gorge known as the Calamity Gorge in the western part of the country, which has seen some of the most devastating floods in modern history.
The river, named after its namesake, the legendary River Calamitos, is one of the world’s most famous waterfalls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Peru’s most iconic sights.
Local residents in the southern state of Coahuila have protested against the photo, which was posted to social media on Tuesday by a Filipino tourist who was visiting the region.
The caption reads, “The Calamitous Gorge is a place where the waters of the river go completely off the charts.”
In response, local officials have launched an investigation, with officials saying they believe the photo may have been altered.
A group of people from the city of Cuenca have also posted the photo on social media, claiming that the person who took the photo did not live in the area and may have made a mistake.
The Cuencanas’ deputy mayor said the photo was “a mistake of the photographer,” and that it was “very disrespectful to the people of the city.”
“We have asked them to apologize and take responsibility for this,” said the Cuencas deputy mayor, who did not want to be identified.
The image was originally posted to the social media platform by a Filipina woman who had travelled to the area with her Filipino boyfriend.
She said she took the picture during a visit to the gorge with her boyfriend and their family members, and that the group did not know the photographer’s name.
She added that her boyfriend was not from the Cuencas region and that she had visited the area once before.