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Spanish tourist fined after climbing Temple of Kukulcán at Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá, Yucatan — A woman was escorted from the base of the Temple of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá Monday after climbing the stairs to the top. Dozens of angry tourists watched as the woman made her way to the top of the ancient structure ignoring shouts from the crowd.

Once at the top, she danced for the booing crowd before entering the temple then making her way back down the temple’s 365 stairs. Before she reached the bottom, INAH personnel were already at the base waiting for her.

She was escorted by two INAH personnel away from the temple through an angry crowd who shouted and threw water at her as she passed. She was arrested by Tinum Municipal Police and fined in accordance with Article 55 of the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments. The amount of the fine was not revealed.

The unidentified woman was reportedly a tourist from Spain. The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has not made a public statement regarding the Monday incident.