Woman fined after climbing ancient Mayan pyramid

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By Nasima Khatun

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The woman who was attacked by an angry mob for climbing the ancient Mayan pyramid has now been fined and released.

As per the Daily Mail, local news outlets identified the perpetrator as Abigail Villalobos AKA 'Lady Chichen Itza.'

The 29-year-old was escorted off the historical landmark after she decided it would be a wise idea to jump over a fence and try to climb the structure.

As per the outlet, she was later taken to the Tinum municipal police station and held for half an hour but was released after paying a fine of 5,000 pesos which works out to approximately 257 dollars.

The exposing footage was originally uploaded to TikTok by the user @angelalopeze alongside the caption: "This is so disrespectful… don’t mess with my Mexican people."

In the one-minute clip, Villalobos can be seen walking up the steps before trying to enter the doorway at the top of the temple. She then comes out to a mob of angry tourists shouting insults at her, but unfazed, she continues to taunt them back.

At one point, she even dances on the steps as she's making her way back down.

It was later clarified by MercoPress that there was a mix of chants at the scene, with some yelling "jail, jail, jail," while others shouted "sacrifice."

The viral video has now been viewed over four million times since it was posted two days ago, and social media users were just as unforgiving as the mob at the scene, with many slamming the woman as "disrespectful" and "entitled."

"This is so disrespectful," said one TikTok user.

Another even stated that they were "glad they [the crowd] did that to her. She deserved all of it."

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Castillo de Kukulcán (also known to some as El Castillo) is located in Chichén Itzá, Mexico, and is hailed as one of the new seven wonders of the modern world. Spanning 181 square feet, the incredible structure was built by the Mayans from the 9th to 12th century AD and is dedicated to the serpent God, Kukulcán.

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The National Institute of Anthropology and History banned climbing up the ancient Mayan pyramids in 2008 and even placed hefty fines that can range between $2,550 and $5,115 for those who don't abide by the rules.

While people could previously climb the ancient structure, the new regulation came into effect in order to help preserve the landmark for future generations.

Featured Image Credit: Jannis Werner / Alamy

Woman fined after climbing ancient Mayan pyramid

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By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

The woman who was attacked by an angry mob for climbing the ancient Mayan pyramid has now been fined and released.

As per the Daily Mail, local news outlets identified the perpetrator as Abigail Villalobos AKA 'Lady Chichen Itza.'

The 29-year-old was escorted off the historical landmark after she decided it would be a wise idea to jump over a fence and try to climb the structure.

As per the outlet, she was later taken to the Tinum municipal police station and held for half an hour but was released after paying a fine of 5,000 pesos which works out to approximately 257 dollars.

The exposing footage was originally uploaded to TikTok by the user @angelalopeze alongside the caption: "This is so disrespectful… don’t mess with my Mexican people."

In the one-minute clip, Villalobos can be seen walking up the steps before trying to enter the doorway at the top of the temple. She then comes out to a mob of angry tourists shouting insults at her, but unfazed, she continues to taunt them back.

At one point, she even dances on the steps as she's making her way back down.

It was later clarified by MercoPress that there was a mix of chants at the scene, with some yelling "jail, jail, jail," while others shouted "sacrifice."

The viral video has now been viewed over four million times since it was posted two days ago, and social media users were just as unforgiving as the mob at the scene, with many slamming the woman as "disrespectful" and "entitled."

"This is so disrespectful," said one TikTok user.

Another even stated that they were "glad they [the crowd] did that to her. She deserved all of it."

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Credit: TikTok
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Credit: TikTok
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Credit: TikTok

Castillo de Kukulcán (also known to some as El Castillo) is located in Chichén Itzá, Mexico, and is hailed as one of the new seven wonders of the modern world. Spanning 181 square feet, the incredible structure was built by the Mayans from the 9th to 12th century AD and is dedicated to the serpent God, Kukulcán.

wp-image-1263179500 size-large
Credit: Roger Cracknell 01/classic / Alamy

The National Institute of Anthropology and History banned climbing up the ancient Mayan pyramids in 2008 and even placed hefty fines that can range between $2,550 and $5,115 for those who don't abide by the rules.

While people could previously climb the ancient structure, the new regulation came into effect in order to help preserve the landmark for future generations.

Featured Image Credit: Jannis Werner / Alamy