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Tourist facing federal charges after climbing El Castillo pyramid at Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá, Yucatan — A tourist from Baja California was videoed violating regulations at the Chichén Itzá archaeological site Sunday. For this reason, the Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Historia (INAH) has opened an investigation.

On Sunday, a woman visiting the site was videoed climbing the stairs of the main El Castillo pyramid at Chichén Itzá. Stunned onlookers say it took her about 30 minutes to climb the front face of the ancient pyramid before beginning her descend.

INAH administration for the archaeological zone has initiated an administrative file for unauthorized access against the unnamed woman.

In a statement, the Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Historia (INAH) said “The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) reported that the event was registered at 1:40 p.m. on January 3, 2021, and security protocols were quickly activated in the Archaeological Zone of Chichén Itzá in Yucatán by the report that indicated that a female person tried to gain unauthorized access to the pyramid called El Castillo by one of its side stairs.

“The first investigations indicate that the female person is originally from Tijuana, Baja California and arrived in Chichén Itzá through a tourist agency. Law enforcement officers informed INAH that at the time of the events, the female was intoxicated.”

Since the release of their statement, José Arturo Chab Cárdenas, legal head of the INAH in Yucatán, pointed out “that since Sunday, the administrative file No. CINAH / YUC / JUR / 01-2021 was opened for the facts that constitute an infraction to the Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Zones, for which reason, the probable perpetrator has already been summoned to appear before the INAH court.”