An angry mob in Mexico poured water on an unwitting female tourist, insulted her and demanded she be imprisoned after climbing the ancient Mayan pyramid and filmed dancing on the steps.
The unidentified woman, who is said to be of Spanish nationality, sparked outrage on Monday when she flouted rules banning visitors from climbing the Mayan temple of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá, which was declared one of the new temples by UNESCO in 2007. 7 wonders of the world. .
After reaching the top, she twisted her hips and waved her arms in celebration, receiving loud jeers from a large crowd of tourists watching her wild antics from the ground. Some of them overheard calling the disrespectful visitor an “a-hole” and an “idiot” in Spanish.
Chants of “jail, prison, prison” and “lock her up” in Spanish were heard in the background.
The blonde woman, dressed in bright red tights and a blue T-shirt, dove into the temple chamber before descending the pyramid’s 365 steps. She was met at the base by officials from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), along with an angry mob.
Viral videos circulating on TikTok and Twitter show enraged onlookers dousing the brash tourist dubbed “Lady Chichén Itzá” with water from plastic bottles and calling her “stupid.”
As she is being taken away by officials, some bystanders appear to knock the woman’s hat off her head and pull her hair.
The unnamed woman was arrested by local police and given an unspecified fine 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 reported.
Penalties set by the Mexican Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Areas range from $2,500 to more than $5,000, depending on the severity of damage to a protected area.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Monday that the temple, also known as El Castillo, suffered no damage.
The step pyramid was built sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries AD by the Maya civilization to serve as a temple to Kukulcán, the god of the feather serpent.
The incident comes nearly a year after a woman from Tijuana, Mexico, was fined for climbing the same pyramid while allegedly intoxicated.