A runaway tourist who is later greeted by an angry crowd climbing an ancient Mayan pyramid A 29-year-old Mexican national was identified this week in Chichén Itzá, Mexico.
Authorities said Abigail Villalobos tried to pose as Spanish after she was arrested for her viral stunt, but has since been determined to be actually Mexican.
According to reports, Villalobos was detained at Tinum police station for about 30 minutes on Monday, fined $260 and then released. By Mexican news organization Golfo Pacifico.
Villalobos sparked outrage when it broke rules banning visitors from climbing the 32-metre Mayan Temple of Kukulcán, which was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007.
He was seen in TikTok videos dancing on the steps at the top of the pyramid and entering the temple, before descending to loud teasing sounds from a crowd of visitors.
Angry onlookers cursed the person who broke the rules, called him “hole” and “fool” in Spanish, and demanded that he be jailed.
Some particularly disturbed witnesses went so far as to spray Villalobos with water, pull his hat off his head, and pull his blond tresses as he was taken away by officials from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
The viral trick earned the uninformed criminal the sarcastic nickname “Lady Chichén Itzá” on social media sites.
The Mayan pyramid, a UNESCO world heritage site, has been banned from visitors since 2008 for conservation purposes.
The temple, also known as El Castillo, was undamaged, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said Monday.
Penalties set by Mexico’s Federal Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic, and Historic Sites Act for unauthorized access to the site range from $2,500 to $5,000.
The stepped pyramid was built by the Mayan civilization between the 8th and 12th centuries AD to serve as a temple to the Feathered Serpent god Kukulcán.
In 2021, a woman from Tijuana, Mexico, was fined for climbing the same pyramid for allegedly being drunk.
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