REVEALED: Woman who sparked fury for climbing ancient Mayan temple in Mexico is a Mexican, 29, who locals are calling ‘Lady Chichen Itza’ after she was fined $250 and claimed she was a tourist
- Mexican media outlets identified Abigail Villalobos as the woman who was seen walking up the steps of Pyramid of Kukulcán in Tinum, Yucatán, on Sunday
- The 29-year-old woman was held for 30 minutes at the Tinum municipal police station and released after she paid a $257 fine
- Villalobos was captured on camera climbing up the Mayan temple and dancing on the steps before a security guard managed to get her to come back down
- Angry visitors shouted for Villalobos to be incarcerated and doused her with water as she was escorted out of the Mayan ruins
The woman who climbed the steps of an ancient Mayan temple, enraging a crowd, and going viral online, has been identified by a local news outlet as Abigail Villalobos, 29, of Mexico.
The Tinum municipal police department would not confirm or deny the woman’s identity to DailyMail.com.
An enraged group of people shouted obscenities at her from down below as a security guard trekked up the pyramid to get her to walk down.
In the video, which has been viewed more than four million times, a tourist identified by Mexican media outlets as Abigail Villalobos appears to be asked to come down from the top of the temple by a man who has climbed some of the steps. At the bottom, the crowd gather round the 29-year-old and they can be seen shouting as she tries to get past
As she descended the 91 steps, Villalobos danced and appeared to pose for photos and was met by an angry crowd with some chanting ‘jail, jail, jail’ and ‘lock her up.’
Villalobos, who has been dubbed by locals as ‘Lady Chichen Itza,’ was then escorted by a guard while several of her companions trailed behind her before some of the upset visitors blocked her path. An elderly woman briefly stopped Villalobos and pulled her hair and while other tourists dosed her with water.
Villalobos was taken to the Tinum municipal police station and held for half an hour but was released after paying a fine of 5,000 pesos – about $257.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) issued a statement a few hours after the video was posted on social media, noting that the monument had not been damaged.
A woman identified by the Mexican press as Abigail Villalobos was seen walking up a Mayan pyramid before she was taken into custody and fined
A security guard walked almost halfway up the pyramid as part of the attempt to get the woman to walk back down before authorities arrested her and fined her before she was released
Ascending the 82-ft pyramid at the Chichen Itza archaeological site – formerly one of the most important centers of the Mayan civilization – has been prohibited since 2008.
Fines for climbing the temple can range from $2569 to $5138, depending on the damage caused to the structure.
Justin Bieber was kicked out of an archaeological site in Tulum Mexico for ‘pulling his underpants down and trying to climb one of its off-limits ruins’ in 2016.
Police were also called to the incident, after he stripped off for a selfie and then shouted abuse at security guards who tried to stop him. He was filmed arriving at the site with his then new girlfriend Hailey Baldwin.
Staff say he was clearly under the influence of alcohol and had been initially refused entry because he was carrying beer cans, said local reports.
He waves at a camera and looks relaxed and happy as he walks into the site, where he later allegedly got into a fight with site staff after they tried to kick him out
Article 47 of the Federal law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historic Monuments states that a punishment of one to ten years in prison can be handed out if a person is found liable.
In January 2021 incident, a woman scaled the Pyramid of Kukulcán and sparked outrage when she was caught scattering the ashes of her late husband.