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A tourist sparks outrage after climbing a Mayan pyramid in Mexico

A tourist sparks outrage after climbing a Mayan pyramid in Mexico

An angry mob in Mexico poured water on an ignorant tourist, hurled insults at her and demanded that she be locked up after she climbed an ancient Mayan pyramid and was filmed dancing down the stairs.

The unidentified woman, said to be a Spanish national, sparked outrage on Monday when she ignored rules preventing visitors from climbing the Mayan temple of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza, which in 2007 was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by UNESCO. .

After she reached the top, she moved her hips and waved her arms in celebration, drawing loud jeers from the large group of tourists who were observing her antics from the ground. Some of them were heard calling the disrespectful visitor a “hole” and “idiot” in Spanish.

A viral video on TikTok shows a tourist believed to be from Spain dancing on the steps of the forbidden Kukulcán Temple in Chichen Itza, Mexico.
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Screenshot of the incident on TikTok
The woman ignored the rules that prevent tourists from climbing the pyramid.
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Screenshot of the incident on TikTok
Angry spectators who watched the woman’s rise called for her arrest.
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Screenshot of the incident on TikTok
The woman entered the temple before descending 365 steps.
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Chants of “jail, jail, jail” and “lock her up” in Spanish can be heard in the background.

The blonde woman, dressed in bright red tights and a blue T-shirt, rushed into the temple room, before descending 365 steps into the pyramid. She was greeted at the base by officials from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), along with an angry mob.

In viral videos that have been circulating Tik Tok And on Twitter, angry onlookers were seen dousing the insolent tourist, who has been dubbed the “Lady of Chichen Itza”, with water from plastic bottles, calling her “stupid”.

Screenshot of the incident on TikTok
Other tourists booed the woman who broke the rules and hurled insults at her.
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Screenshot of the incident on TikTok
She was greeted at the base by officials from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), along with an angry mob.
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When the officials took her away, some passers-by seem to pull the woman’s hat off her head and pull her hair.

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The unidentified woman was arrested and fined unspecified by local police for climbing the World Heritage site, which has been off-limits to visitors since 2008 to protect it from destruction, erosion and graffiti, Riviera Maya News mentioned.

Penalties under Mexican Federal Law on Archeological, Artistic, and Historic Monuments and Areas range from $2,500 to more than $5,000, depending on the severity of the damage to the protected site.

Screenshot of the incident on TikTok
An angry crowd took off the hat from the woman’s head and tore her hair.
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Screenshot of the incident on TikTok
The Spanish national was arrested and fined for her behaviour.
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The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Monday that the temple, also known as El Castillo, was not damaged.

The Step Pyramid was built by the Maya civilization sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries AD to serve as a temple to Kukulcan, the serpent-feather deity.

Tourists gather under the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Merida
The centuries-old temple was named in 2007 as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by UNESCO.
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The incident comes nearly a year after a woman from Tijuana, Mexico, was fined for climbing the same pyramid while allegedly intoxicated.