The dancer who sparked fury by scaling an ancient Mayan temple and inciting locals is identified as a 29-year-old Mexican woman whom locals now call ‘Lady Chichén Itzá’
- Mexican media identified Abigail Villalobos as the woman who was seen climbing the steps of the Kukulcán Pyramid in Tinum, Yucatán, on Sunday.
- The 29-year-old woman was held for 30 minutes at the Tinum municipal police station and released after paying a $257 fine.
- Villalobos was caught on camera going up the Mayan temple and dancing on the steps before a security guard managed to get her back down.
- Angry visitors yelled for Villalobos to be imprisoned and doused her with water as she was escorted out of the Mayan ruins.
The woman who climbed the steps of an ancient Mayan temple, angering a crowd and going viral online, has been identified by a local news outlet as Abigail Villalobos, 29, from Mexico.
The Tinum Municipal Police Department did not confirm or deny the identity of the woman to DailyMail.com.
He then walked up one of the four terraces of the Chichén Itzá temple at the front of the stairs and back out as a group of angry people yelled obscenities at him from below as a security guard climbed up the pyramid to bring it down.
In the video, which has been viewed more than four million times, a tourist identified by the Mexican media as Abigail Villalobos appears to be invited down from the top of the temple by a man who has climbed some of the steps. At the bottom, the crowd gathers around the 29-year-old and they can be seen shouting as she tries to get past.
As she made her way down the 91 steps, Villalobos danced and appeared to pose for photos and was greeted by an angry crowd chanting “jail, jail, jail” and “lock her up.”
Villalobos, who has been nicknamed ‘Lady Chichén Itzá’ by locals, was escorted by a guard while several of her companions followed her before some of the annoying visitors blocked her way. An elderly woman briefly stopped Villalobos and pulled her hair while other tourists injected her with water.
Villalobos was taken to the Tinum municipal police station and held for half an hour, but was released after paying a fine of 5,000 pesos, about $257.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) issued a statement a few hours after the publication of the video on social networks, noting that the monument was not damaged.
A woman identified by the Mexican press as Abigail Villalobos was seen climbing a Mayan pyramid before being arrested and fined.
A security guard walked almost halfway up the pyramid as part of an attempt to get the woman down before authorities arrested her and fined her before she was released.
Since 2008, it has been forbidden to ascend the 25-meter pyramid of the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, formerly one of the most important centers of the Mayan civilization.
Fines for scaling the temple can range from $2,569 to $5,138, depending on the damage caused to the structure.
Justin Bieber was kicked out of an archaeological site in Tulum Mexico for “dropping his underpants and trying to climb one of its forbidden ruins” in 2016.
Police were also called into the incident, after he stripped naked for a selfie and then yelled insults at security guards who tried to stop him. He was filmed arriving at the site with his then-new girlfriend, Hailey Baldwin.
Staff say he was clearly under the influence of alcohol and had initially been denied entry because he was carrying beer cans, local reports said.
He waves to a camera and looks relaxed and happy as he enters the site, where he reportedly got into a fight with site staff after they tried to kick him out.
Article 47 of the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments establishes that a prison sentence of one to ten years can be imposed if a person is found responsible.
In a January 2021 incident, a woman scaled the Kukulcán Pyramid and sparked outrage when she was caught scattering her late husband’s ashes.