An archaeological site in Mexico is set to charge tourists for taking selfies.

Officials who run the walled Mayan archaeological site at Tulum National Park have decided that visitors will have to pay for the luxury of using mobile technology at the site.

In 2015 several people are known to have suffered selfie-related deaths, but it's not clear whether the charge in Mexico - about NZ$3.80 a shot - is set to be introduced for safety reasons.

Julio Villagomez Villalobos, tourist guides' representative at the archaeological site told The Yucatan Times: "The charge for the use of cell phones, tablets, GoPros and still cameras or amateur video, within the premises of archeological sites, has generated controversy and anger among tourists, especially domestic."


Set by the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), tourists will be charged 45 pesos per device when visiting the picturesque resort town. This equates to around NZ$3.80.

This will be in addition to the 60 peso (NZ$5.50) price of a ticket.

Earlier in the month, pop star Justin Bieber was asked to leave the site after he reportedly tried to climb on the ruins.

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The ruins are situated on 39ft-tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Over two million people visit Tulum each year, at its busiest some 2,000 people can traverse the ruins each day.

Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya. It was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico.

Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities.

They disrupted society and eventually caused the city to be abandoned.

In 2015, a total of 12 people are known to have suffered selfie-related deaths after either falling or being struck by a moving vehicle when taking a picture of themselves.

However, according to data compiled by Mashable, only eight people are known to have been killed by a shark.

And experts believe the rise in selfie-related deaths could be down the fact people are more willing to put themselves in dangerous situations, such as with animals or posing from great heights, to impress friends on social media.

This has also prompted wildlife parks to close as officials were concerned about people wanting to take selfies with wild bears, while some cyclists have spoken of how spectators should be banned from taking pictures of themselves while watching the Tour de France.

- Daily Mail