Tourist who sparked outrage by climbing Mayan pyramid IDed

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A renegade tourist who was met with angry mobs after climbing an ancient Mayan pyramid in Mexico’s Chichen Itza this week has been identified as a 29-year-old Mexican national.

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Authorities said Abigail Villalobos attempted to present herself as a Spaniard after being arrested for her viral stunt, but it has since been determined that she is actually from Mexico.

On Monday, Villalobos was detained at the Tinam police station for about 30 minutes, fined the equivalent of $260, and then released. by Mexican news outlet Golfo Pacifico.

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Villalobos sparked outrage when he flouted rules prohibiting visitors from scaling the 98-foot Mayan temple of Kukulcan, which was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007.

The woman who was thrashed by an angry mob for climbing a pyramid at Chichén Itzá on Monday has been identified as 29-year-old Mexican national Abigail Villalobos.
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Villalobos sparked outrage by ignoring a ban prohibiting visitors from climbing Maya pyramids and dancing on the stairs.
Villalobos sparked outrage by ignoring a ban prohibiting visitors from climbing Maya pyramids and dancing on the stairs.
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She was seen in a TikTok video dancing on the stairs to the top of the pyramid and entering the temple before she was heard to loud jeers from the crowd of onlookers.

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Angry onlookers hurled abuse at the rule-breaker, calling him an “a-hole” and “idiot” in Spanish, and demanded he be jailed.

Some particularly angry witnesses went so far as to spray Villalobos with water, knock the hat off his head and pull his blonde hair as he was taken away by officers from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). was going.

The 29-year-old briefly entered the temple before descending the stairs.
The 29-year-old briefly entered the temple before descending the stairs.
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The viral stunt has mocked the unknown culprit “Lady Chichen Itza” on social media sites.

The Maya pyramids, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, have been off-limits to visitors since 2008 for conservation purposes.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History said on Monday that there was no damage to the temple known as El Castillo.

The unknown woman was met by officials from the Archaeological Authority of Mexico and furious onlookers.
The unknown woman was met by officials from the Archaeological Authority of Mexico and furious onlookers.
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Villalobos, who was sprayed with water and had her hair pulled, was jailed for 30 minutes before being released.
Villalobos, who was sprayed with water and had her hair pulled, was jailed for 30 minutes before being released.
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Fines of anywhere from $2,500 to more than $5,000 are imposed by Mexico’s federal law on monuments and archeological, artistic and historical areas for accessing the site without authorization.

The Step Pyramid was built by the Maya civilization between the 8th and 12th centuries AD as a temple to the winged serpent god Kukulcan.

In 2021, a woman from Tijuana, Mexico, was fined for allegedly climbing the same pyramid while intoxicated.

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