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Address: Off Highway 180, Campeche, Mexico

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It's necessary to go down a road that is very slow and probably very difficult in the rainy season (we were there in the dry season). The challenging bit of road is not too long... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
Jennifer E
Hampstead, New Hampshire
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Hampstead, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

It's necessary to go down a road that is very slow and probably very difficult in the rainy season (we were there in the dry season). The challenging bit of road is not too long, so it's not too bad. The ruin is definitely worth the drive, and has some unique architectural details even in the Rio Bec style.

Thank Jennifer E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Three excavated buildings but other jungle covered mounds everywhere. 2/3 buildings are quite cool. Admission is free, nobody else there. You need to drive about 2kms down a jungle shrouded 'trail', past the bajo and nature trail parking area to the dead end, the rest of the approach is paved. The guy at admission was very nice. Super secluded ruins... More 

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Reviewed 26 May 2016

Hormiguero is very small – really only two excavated structures. It was definitely worth the trip, however. Both structures have a couple of the nicest facades I've seen in the area. The site was free when I was there, and there were no other visitors. Once you get closer to the site, the road turns into a two-track. Just keep... More 

1 Thank Darren H
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2015

If you are not in a hurry to go to Calakmul, try to make it to El Hormiguero. The site is so dramatic and fascinating that it is totally worth the efforts to get there. The monster mouth entrance alone will make you wonder why many more people would not visit this fantastic site. Only one other car was in... More 

Thank M P
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Reviewed 14 October 2014 via mobile

Since this site is located approximately five hours from Campeche City, it should be listed as a Xpuhil attraction or an Escarcega attraction.

7 Thank CarmichaelVentura
Longueuil, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Hormiguero is a rather large (though not daunting) Rio Bec-style site which especially features the famous Monster Mouth entrances. These are fantastically decorated friezes depicting Itzamna, the terrible Mayan god, Monster of the Earth...A door represents its mouth, and the upper friezes represent its eyes and eyebrows; the bottom sill is decorated with curved stones, representing its teeth, the side... More 

4 Thank RAPLongueuil
Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

On October 2012 we contacted Nicolas of Ka'an Expeditions to take us to visit the ruins of Calakmul. On this occasion, march 2014, he took us to Hormiguero. I was expecting some stylized archeological ruins, some high towers and maybe a pyramid. We saw a huge main building whose front part has a magnificent facade. I do not know if... More 

2 Thank Javier_Morales_01
Copan, Honduras
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

The Chenes style monster mouth doorway is what you visit this site to see. This is one of the most impressive buildings that you will see in the area. There is nothing like this at Calakmul. The site is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the drive, IMHO.

2 Thank seniorbackpacker67
Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2013

The location is a bit removed, and the site itself isn't very large. However, the architecture and stonework are extraordinary, and the Earthmonster gateway is a jewel. Well worth going out of your way to see these ruins.

1 Thank VivaMexicoLiz
Grand Rapids
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

Another great Mayan ruin you will enjoy seeing. If you like Mayan ruins, you will love this nice medium sized ruin,too. We haven't missed any of the Chen/Rio Bec Mayan ruins. Enjoy ! Skippyfrizz

1 Thank Skippyfrizz W

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