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Tourist sparks outcry after climbing Mayan pyramid in Mexico

Tourist sparks outcry after climbing Mayan pyramid in Mexico
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An angry mob in Mexico doused an unsuspecting tourist with water, hurled insults at her and demanded that she be locked up after she climbed the ancient Mayan pyramid and was filmed dancing on the stairs.

The unidentified woman, believed to be a Spanish citizen, sparked outrage on Monday when she ignored rules banning visitors from climbing the Mayan temple of Kukulcán at Chichén Itzá, which was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by Unesco in 2007.

After reaching the summit, she rotated her hips and waved her arms in celebration, drawing loud hoots from a large group of tourists who watched her wild antics from the ground. Some of them called the disrespectful visitor an “a-hole” and an “idiot” in Spanish.

TikTok screenshot of the incident
A viral TikTok video shows a tourist believed to be from Spain dancing on the steps of the Temple of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá, Mexico.
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TikTok screenshot of the incident
The woman flouted the rules prohibiting tourists from climbing the pyramid.
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TikTok screenshot of the incident
Angry onlookers watching the woman’s rise called for her arrest.
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TikTok screenshot of the incident
The woman entered the temple before descending the 365 steps.
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In the background, chants such as “Jail, jail, jail” and “Lock ’em up” in Spanish could be heard.

The blonde woman, wearing bright red tights and a blue t-shirt, ducked into the temple room before descending the pyramid’s 365 steps. She was met at the base by officials from Mexico’s Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) along with an angry crowd.

In viral videos that continue to circulate tick tock and Twitter, angry viewers are seen pouring water from plastic bottles on the outrageous tourist dubbed “Lady Chichén Itzá,” calling her “stupid.”

TikTok screenshot of the incident
Other tourists booed the rule-breaking tourist and hurled foul language at her.
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TikTok screenshot of the incident
She was met at the base by officials from Mexico’s Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) along with an angry crowd.
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As officers take her away, bystanders appear to knock off the woman’s hat and pull at her hair.

The unnamed woman was arrested by local police and fined unspecified for climbing the World Heritage Site, which has been closed to visitors since 2008 to protect it from destruction, erosion and graffiti. Riviera Maya News reported.

Penalties set out in Mexico’s Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Areas range from US$2,500 to over US$5,000, depending on the severity of damage to a protected site.

TikTok screenshot of the incident
An angry mob knocked off the woman’s hat and pulled her hair.
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TikTok screenshot of the incident
The Spaniard was arrested and fined for her behavior.
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The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Monday 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 Kukulcán, the god of the feathered serpent.

Tourists gather under the pyramid at Chichen Itza in Merida
The centuries-old temple was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007.
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The incident comes nearly a year after a woman from Tijuana, Mexico, was fined for allegedly climbing the same pyramid while intoxicated.

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