Hormiguero is from the Mayan cities of southern Campeche. Discover the most interesting areas for the traveler. Amazing surprises await you here, including the magnificent Hormiguero.

Every traveler has his dream places along the way, those places he is dying to visit, for whatever reason. It may be because of something that they explained to him about a place, a book he read, a photo he saw, an intuition.

In my case my idyll with Anthill arose from seeing the photo that the explorers Ruppert and Denison took in 1933 of the colossal facade of Structure II in Hormiguero. I was amazed, I had to go to that place. I looked on the map to plan a getaway to Hormiguero.

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Ruppert & Denison, Archaeological Reconnaissance in Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Peten, 1943 Source
I wanted my picture there, in front of that colossal entrance. So are the passions.

Structure II of Hormiguero

One of the most colossal and best preserved facades of the Mayan world, that awaits you in the archaeological zone of Hormiguero, one of the emblematic structures of the Rio Bec style.

This architectural style abounded in the south of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Hormiguero Structure II measures about 45 meters long, its rounded corners are typical of the Rio Bec, with stairways.

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Hormiguero ruins

The formidable Mask it preserves its stucco very well, being able to admire the fine work on stone that the Mayans made on their cosmogony and their beliefs.

Itzamná, the deity of the creation myth of the earth, is represented in this case. Itzamná leaves some jaws that connect with the underworld, one of the three great levels of the Mayan world.

Total, a work of art that is worth the road without any doubt. After the almost 8 meters high and 13 long, this imposing mouth kept 11 rooms, on three levels.

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Most Antbird structures belong to the 600 and 800 dC years
Hormiguero ruins

AnthillIn addition to Structure II, it has other groups to visit, it is a relatively small place, and like the vast majority, partially explored.

Walking through the most jungle part of Hormiguero you will see structures in a more natural state, where nature ends up recovering its place. It is always beautiful to walk through the Mayan ruins, magical.

For me the road that leads you here is worth it, away from the more conventional routes in the area. The place is well indicated since you leave Xpujil, you will go along a narrow and winding road. An area with many birds and where the sounds of the jungle accompany you.

It has no cost Anthill, you just have to register. There are services at the entrance

Hormiguero ruins

For me it was a dream come true to visit Anthill. This area of ​​the Yucatan Peninsula is rarely visited, so you will surely be lucky enough to tour the site alone, something that many of us appreciate.

Discover in Hormiguero the colossal Mayan facade 1

Hormiguero, archaeological site

LOCATION: Anthill It is located 23 kilometers from Xpuhil, 7 kilometers south of the ejido Echeverría Castellot. Xpuhil is on the southern highway that connects Chetumal with Escárcega.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. There are rustic services at the entrance.
PRICE ENTRY: this archaeological zone is not paid
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Xpuhil Public transport arrives from Escárcega (2 hours), Chetumal (1'40 ”h) and Campeche (4'30 ″ h). From Xpuhil you can take public transport to Echevarría Castellot and from here walk 8 kilometers or go by taxi. You can also take a taxi from Xpuhil. There is a path that takes you from Echecarría Castellot to the archaeological zone.
WHAT MORE TO SEE IN THE AREA: You can visit several archeological areas such as Xpuhil, Chicanná, Becán, Rio Bec, Calakmul, Kohunlich, Dzibanché.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, closed shoes and some water always goes well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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