A tourist in Mexico was jeered and mobbed by an angry crowd on Monday after she climbed a Mayan pyramid and mockingly danced on its steps before entering its temple, despite laws prohibiting such actions in place at the community.

The tourist, who was not identified but is said to be from Spain, was caught on video climbing the steps of Mayan Temple of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá. When she reached the top, she danced on the steps in celebration by moving her hips and waving her hands, causing many watching below to jeer angrily, according to the New York Post.

Afterwards, the tourist was seen entering the temple room for a moment, before she began to go down the steps. Mexican authorities met her at the ground, as well as an angry and rowdy who immediately began to boo and insult her as she was led away from the site, FOX 13 reported.

Many of the people started to grab at the woman, with a couple being able to successfully push her hat out of her head. They continued to grab and insult the woman angrily for climbing the pyramid and entering the temple, with many recording the incident online. Some were seen throwing water bottles at her.

The moment became viral on social media as many people around the world expressed their disgust and anger at the woman for the disrespect at the temple, which was declared one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007, which led to a law passing in 2008 that prohibited people from climbing the steps.

“Woman climbs the pyramid in Chichen-Itza is booed, beaten, and detained by the authorities,” a video shot by onlooker Thomas Calderon was captioned.

Local police have arrested the woman for climbing the site, detaining her in the town of Pise while she undergoes questioning. Penalties for the act range from $2,500 to $5,000 depending upon the damage done to the temple, though the National Institute of Anthropology and History said that the temple itself was not damaged.

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A Spanish woman was arrested after she climbed a Mayan temple and danced on its steps, angering many of the locals who hurled insults and water bottles at her as she was taken into custody. This is a representational image. Jimmy Baum/Unsplash.

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