A tourist was berated by an angry mob and beaten with a stick after climbing the pyramid steps of the Mayan Temple of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá over the weekend.
The unnamed Polish man caused outrage on Saturday when he walked through the Step Pyramid’s restricted area and began climbing the historic steps, the Mexico Daily Post reported.
Climbing the limestone steps has been banned since 2008, a year after the site was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by UNESCO.
The tourist attempted to access the restricted area to take photos, the outlet said.
In a video circulating on social media, the man can be seen being escorted down the steps by a pair of officials as the crowd shouts rebukes and curses.
At one point, a shirtless man carrying a long stick approaches the tourist from behind and kicks him on the head.
Jose Arturo Chab Cardenas of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) told the Mexico Daily Post that the tourist was then detained for 12 hours before being fined 5,000 pesos, or about $263.
The payment would have been made to the Treasury of the municipality of Tinúm.
Located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, the Temple of Kukulcán is one of the jewels in the crown of Chichén Itzá.
Built between the 8th and 12th centuries CE, the temple is dedicated to Kukulcán, the feathered serpent deity. According to the Chichén Itzá website, the structure’s design allowed the Maya to follow the spring and fall equinoxes via a “light and shadow” effect on the temple’s north staircase.
“Tourists must respect INAH security measures in the archaeological zone to preserve Mexico’s cultural heritage, care for other visitors, and enjoy this Mayan heritage,” Chab Cárdenas told the Mexico Daily Post.
The Polish tourist’s detention came just months after Abigail Villalobos, a 29-year-old Mexican national, went viral after climbing the pyramid and spinning in front of an angry crowd.
Video footage of the incident showed Villalobos being taunted by onlookers, who doused her with water and tugged at her blonde tresses amid calls to ‘lock her up’.