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Disrespectful Tourist Gets Booed and Fined For Climbing Ancient Mayan Temple In Mexico
Ancient Mayan ancestors weren’t happy and neither were visitors at the Temple of Kukulcán when a woman climbed and danced on the off-limits structure. The pyramid lies in the center of Chichen Itza, an archaeological site in Yucatán.
According to Daily Mail, the trespasser is 29-year-old Abigail Villalobos, of Mexico, who locals are now calling Lady Chichen Itza.
In a recent TikTok video, which is now going viral, the woman climbs the steps of the sacred monument.
Honestly, she needs to be worried about more than just people booing her. 😫 https://t.co/D6IPCQa3D3— Tenille. (@tenilleclarke1) November 22, 2022
Thoughtless Tourist Meets An Angry Crowd
A guide escorted Villalobos from the temple on Monday after climbing the stairs to the top. Angry tourists watched as she made her way to the top of the ancient structure ignoring shouts from the crowd.
Villalobos danced upon one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. She appears to pose for photos in front of the angry crowd with some chanting “jail, jail, jail” and “lock her up.”
Before reaching the bottom, personnel from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) were waiting for her.
Two INAH personnel escorted Villalobos away from the temple through the crowd as they shouted and threw water at her as she passed. Tinum Municipal Police arrested and fined her in accordance with Article 55 of the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments. After a half-hour hold, she paid a fine of 5,000 pesos, about $257 USD.
INAH confirmed there was no damage to the monument in a statement a few hours after the social media post.
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