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Tourist who takes Chichén Itzá photo with drone fined

Chichén Itzá, Yucatan — A tourist to the popular Chichén Itzá pyramids could be facing a fine for taking an aerial shot of the grounds using a drone.

The tourist took an aerial image of the temple of Kulkulkán using a drone. Although the traveler followed the rules regarding the use of drones in Mexico, he did not obey the laws “on the use of goods of the nation”.

Ainxw Chichén Itzá is an UNESCO World Heritage site, it is necessary to request permission to take such photos, which is subject to the regulations of the General Law of National Assets.

Chichen Itzá is protected by the Federal Law of Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historic Areas and if you do not have permission to obtain images of a certain nature, it is considered a search of a historical monument and therefore, being illegal which is punishable by a fine.

The photo has been posted across social media. Several users of social networks expressed their support for the photographer César Mendiburu Heredia and questioned the sanction since he did not profit from the image, but instead, shared the beauty of the heritage site.

Originally the image was published on Reddit and before being downloaded from social networks, the photographer wrote in his entry: “I took this aerial photo (and probably illegal?) Of Chichén Itzá last weekend.”

On the other hand, the INAH establishes that according to Article 17 of the Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Areas and Articles 38, 39 and 40 of its Regulations, permits must be requested and a fee must be paid to use audiovisual material in historical sites.

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