Tourist faces backlash after dancing on Mayan pyramid in Mexico
After a female tourist who had no idea what she was doing climbed an old Mayan pyramid and was captured on camera dancing on the stairs, an enraged mob in Mexico threw water on her, yelled insults at her, and demanded that she be locked away.
When she disregarded the restrictions prohibiting visitors from climbing the Mayan Temple of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá, which was declared one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007, the unnamed woman, who is reportedly of Spanish descent, outraged people on Monday.
A large group of tourists watching her wild antics from the ground yelled loudly at her as she danced and waved her arms in celebration after reaching the top. They could hear some of them calling the rude visitor an “a-hole”
In the background, Spanish chants of “prison, jail, jail” and “lock her up” could be heard.
The blonde woman entered the temple area and then descended the pyramid’s 365 stairs while wearing bright-red tights and a blue T-shirt. A irate throng and representatives of the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) greeted her at the base.
In trending videos on TikTok and Twitter, enraged bystanders can be seen spraying the brazen tourist, known as “Lady Chichén Itzá,” with water from plastic bottles while calling her “stupid.”
Some onlookers appear to grab the woman’s hair and knock her hat off as she is led away by authorities.
According to Riviera Maya News, the unidentified woman was detained by local police and given an undisclosed fine for climbing the world heritage site, which has been off-limits to tourists since 2008 to prevent erosion, vandalism, and graffiti.
Depending on the extent of the damage to a protected monument, the penalties outlined by Mexico’s Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic, and Historical Areas range from $2,500 to more than $5,000.
The temple, also known as El Castillo, has not been damaged, according to a report released on Monday by the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
The step-pyramid was constructed by the Maya culture as a temple for Kukulcán, the god of the Feather Serpent, somewhere between the eighth and the twelfth century AD.