Stones and water were thrown at the woman, while the other tourists asked for “prison” and “sacrifice” as punishment.
A woman was almost lynched by the local population of Chichén Itzá, as well as by several tourists, after the visitor decided not to respect the restrictions and climbed the Kukulkan pyramid in Yucatán.
Various videos of the woman climbing the stairs of “El Castillo “, as that building is also known, began to circulate on social networks, while the people below reproached her for the act. In other materials it was seen how a local guard had to go up to ask him to come down from the monument. Said act earned her the nickname ” Lady Chichén Itzá”.
However, once below, the crowd rushed against her; between insults and even pulling her hair, she had to leave the place helped by a couple of people, who appeared to be her companions.
And it is that, despite the fact that it is forbidden to climb that monument, the woman – whose nationality has not been confirmed, although she appears to be Mexican – did not respect the safety net and climbed the more than 90 stairs; Once at the top, she danced and even posed for pictures while a guard asked her to come down.
When she came downstairs, she was greeted with chants of “jail, jail!” and sacrifice, sacrifice!”, as well as a variety of insults and attacks from the spectators, who threw water and other objects at him.
It should be noted that the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988 and in 2007 received the title of Wonder of the World. It was since 2008 that the Cultural Board of the site, as well as the National Institute of Anthropology and History ( INAH ), decided to prohibit the passage of people to the top of the basement in order to protect the integrity of the place.
In accordance with the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments, breaking said norm is attributable to an administrative sanction, as well as a fine that can reach 50 thousand pesos.
“Any violation of this Law or its Regulations will be sanctioned by the competent Institutes, with a fine of one hundred to fifty thousand pesos,” reads article 55 of said law.
According to various reports, the offender was placed at the disposal of the Tinum municipal police, although the type of sanction imposed on her has not been clarified.
However, it is not the first time that this has happened, because in January 2021 another woman also climbed to the top of the monument, taking the name “Lady Kukulkan”.
In that case, the woman was rebuked by the local authorities, who were able to verify that the offender was intoxicated. The INAH began the investigations “for unauthorized access to the archaeological monument called El Castillo in the Chichén Itzá Archaeological Zone, on Sunday, January 3, 2021, by a woman who was apparently intoxicated.”
Once detained by the guards, she claimed that she broke the regulations because she was keeping a promise to her deceased husband. “That’s why I bring his ashes,” she explained. However, the INAH authorities denied that the woman – who was originally from Tijuana, Baja California – did not throw ashes or any other substance from the highest point of the basement.
Said woman was also chased and booed in the place by the other tourists, while they asked for jail and fines as punishment.