A renegade tourist who was later hit by an angry mob Climbing an ancient Mayan pyramid A 29-year-old Mexican man was identified this week in Chichén Itzá, Mexico.
Officials said that Abigail Villalobos tried to pose as Spanish after she was arrested for her viral stunt, but it has since been determined that she is actually from Mexico.
Villalobos was reportedly held at the Tinum police station for about 30 minutes on Monday, fined the equivalent of $260 and then released by the Mexican news agency Golfo Pacifico.
Villalobos sparked outrage when she flouted rules prohibiting visitors from climbing the 30-meter-tall Mayan temple of Kukulcán, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007.
She was featured in TikTok videos dancing on the steps at the top of the pyramid and entering the temple before descending to loud cheers from a crowd of visitors.
Angry onlookers used profanity at the rule-breaker, calling her an “a-hole” and an “idiot” in Spanish and calling for her to be jailed.
Some particularly offended witnesses went so far as to spray Villalobos with water, knock off her hat and pull up her blond locks as she was taken away by officials from Mexico’s Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
The viral stunt has earned the unsuspecting perpetrator the derisive nickname “Lady Chichén Itzá” on social media.
The Mayan Pyramid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been closed to visitors since 2008 for conservation reasons.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Monday the temple, also known as El Castillo, was not damaged.
Penalties for unauthorized access to the site, as set out by Mexico’s Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Areas, range from US$2,500 to over US$5,000.
The step pyramid was built by the Maya civilization sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries AD to serve as a temple to the feathered serpent deity Kukulcán.
In 2021, a woman from Tijuana, Mexico, was fined for allegedly climbing the same pyramid while intoxicated.