An angry mob in Mexico doused an unsuspecting tourist with water, hurled insults at her and demanded that she be locked up after she climbed the ancient Mayan pyramid and was filmed dancing on the stairs.
The unidentified woman, believed to be a Spanish citizen, sparked outrage on Monday when she ignored rules banning visitors from climbing the Mayan temple of Kukulcán at Chichén Itzá, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007 became .
After reaching the summit, she gyrated her hips and waved her arms in celebration, drawing loud hoots from a large group of tourists who watched her wild antics from the ground. Some of them called the disrespectful visitor an “a-hole” and an “idiot” in Spanish.
In the background, chants such as “Jail, jail, jail” and “Lock ’em up” in Spanish could be heard.
The blonde woman, wearing bright red tights and a blue t-shirt, ducked into the temple room before descending the pyramid’s 365 steps. She was met at the base by officials from Mexico’s Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) along with an angry crowd.
In viral videos circulating on TikTok and Twitter, angry viewers can be seen dousing the outrageous tourist dubbed “Lady Chichén Itzá” with water from plastic bottles and calling her “stupid”.
As officers take her away, bystanders appear to knock off the woman’s hat and pull at her hair.
The unnamed woman was arrested by local police and fined unspecified for climbing the World Heritage Site, which has been closed to visitors since 2008 to protect it from destruction, erosion and graffiti, Riviera Maya News reported.
Penalties set out in Mexico’s Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Areas range from US$2,500 to over US$5,000, depending on the severity of damage to a protected site.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Monday the temple, also known as El Castillo, was not damaged.
The step pyramid was built by the Maya civilization sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries AD to serve as a temple to Kukulcán, the god of the feathered serpent.
The incident comes nearly a year after a woman from Tijuana, Mexico, was fined for allegedly climbing the same pyramid while intoxicated.