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Adventurous pup illegally climbs Yucatán’s most famous landmark at Chichén Itzá

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It would seem the dog got away with it too, as the authorities did not rush to the scene. Photo: Courtesy

Once again, a clandestine visitor has broken the rules at Chichén Itzá by climbing Kukulcán’s famed pyramid. 

But this time it was not an entitled tourist or eccentric attention seeker. The culprit was a dog. 

Visitors to the archaeological site got a good laugh when they noticed the dog standing rather majestically at the top of the ancient structure. 

Many visitors speculated that the dog may have belonged to a tourist, but this is unlikely to be the case as pets are not allowed at archaeological sites in Mexico.

It is more likely that the dog made his way in through the bushes attracted by all the commotion or the smell of food. 

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The antics of the black dog were captured by several tourists who seemed to really get a kick out of the unusual sight. 

After taking in the view, the dog reportedly descended the pyramid on its own and scampered back into the brush. 

Out of concern for the integrity of the Chichén Itzá’s ancient structures, climbing its monuments was prohibited over a decade ago.

Thinking about climbing the Pyramid of Kukulcán? Sorry, you are over a decade too late. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

The pyramid of Kukulcán is made of a series of square terraces with stairways up each of its four sides. At the top of the pyramid sits an imposing temple. 

As all four sides of the pyramid have 91 steps, when added together and including the temple at the top comes to 365, the number of days in the Mayan Haab calendar — and of course that of our own Gregorian calendar.

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