A tourist dancing on the stairs of the ancient Mayan pyramid didn’t just make the mob at the base of the historic site angry but is continuing to face backlash on the Internet as the video has gone viral.
The unidentified traveler is said to be a Spanish national and New York Post reports that her antics on the premises of the monument had tourists raging at her.
Visitors are banned from climbing the Mayan Temple of Kukulcan in Chichén Itzá, but the woman in question clearly didn’t pay heed to the rules.
TOURIST SPOTTED DANCING ON ANCIENT MAYAN PYRAMID STAIRS
The video that has gone viral for all the wrong reasons on Twitter and TikTok sees the tourist walk all the way up to the temple at the top of the pyramid, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007.
She’s then seen waving her hat and gyrating her hips while the crowd is heard booing her for her behavior.
The video further shows the woman being escorted down the 365 steps by a Mexican official.
Her excitement was short-lived as the furious mob began hurling abuses at her as she reached the bottom of the pyramid.
You can see people emptying bottles of water on her head and someone even trying to yank her hair out.
VIDEO ENRAGES TWITTER USERS
Many Twitter users have slammed the tourist for not sticking by the rules and hurting the sentiments of many by treating the sacred structure with little or no respect.
One angry user wrote: “This is disgusting. These pyramids were built by our Mayan people. Do not go here and disrespect them.”
“Tourists used to climb Mayan pyramids. It became SO popular that the ruins suffered a lot of damage. In order to keep them from crumbling into dust, it’s no longer allowed and they put up a LOT of safeguards to keep people from doing it. This was no innocent mistake,” added another.
A third user noted: “Respect the Fences, Friends! Be a responsible tourist”.
BOOING FOLLOWED BY ARREST AND FINE
The tourist didn’t get away with her behavior as she was reportedly arrested by Tinum Municipal Police and fined in accordance with Article 55 of the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments, reports Riviera Maya News.
According to Britannica, the World Heritage site attracts tourists twice a year to the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza.
It is a popular belief that the feathered serpent god, Kukulcán, will descend from the stairs of the monument to bless the worshippers on earth.
In reality, the sun at the sunset during spring and fall casts a shadow that resembles the form of a snake slithering down the stairs.
The tourists get to watch the phenomenon from the outside of the pyramid.