Abigail Villalobos identified as tourist who climbed Mayan pyramid

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A renegade tourist who was met by an angry mob after climbing an ancient Mayan pyramid in Mexico’s Chichén Itzá this week has been identified as a 29-year-old Mexican national.

Officials said Abigail Villalobos had tried to pass herself off as Spanish after she was arrested for her viral stunt, but it has since been determined that she is actually from Mexico.

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

Villalobos sparked outrage when she flouted rules barring visitors from climbing the 98-foot-tall Mayan temple at Kukulcán, which was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007.

The woman who was filmed being attacked by an angry mob for climbing a pyramid in Chichén Itzá on Monday has been identified as Abigail Villalobos, a 29-year-old Mexican national.
The woman who was filmed being attacked by an angry mob for climbing a pyramid in Chichén Itzá on Monday has been identified as Abigail Villalobos, a 29-year-old Mexican national.
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Villalobos sparked outrage by ignoring a ban that prevented visitors from climbing the Mayan pyramid and dancing on the steps.
Villalobos sparked outrage by ignoring a ban that prevented visitors from climbing the Mayan pyramid and dancing on the steps.
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She was seen in TikTok videos dancing on the steps at the top of the pyramid and entering the temple before falling to the sound of loud jeers from a crowd of visitors.

Furious onlookers hurled abuse at the violator, calling her an “a-hole” and an “idiot” in Spanish and demanding she be jailed.

Some particularly offended witnesses went as far as splashing Villalobos with water, knocking her hat off her head and pulling her blonde locks as she was led away by officials from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

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 earned the unwitting culprit the mocking moniker “Lady Chichén Itzá” on social media.

The Mayan Pyramid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been off limits to visitors since 2008 for conservation purposes.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Monday that the temple, also known as El Castillo, has not been damaged.

The clueless woman was met by officials from Mexico's archaeological authority and furious onlookers.
The clueless woman was met by officials from Mexico’s archaeological authority and furious onlookers.
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Villalobos, who was sprayed with water and had his hair pulled, was jailed for 30 minutes before being released.
Villalobos, who was sprayed with water and had his hair pulled, was jailed for 30 minutes before being released.
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Penalties set by Mexico’s Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historic Areas for accessing the site without permission range anywhere from $2,500 to more than $5,000.

The Step Pyramid was built by the Mayan civilization sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries AD. to serve as a temple to the feathered serpent god Kukulcán.

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

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