El Hormiguero Archaeological Zone, Campeche

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Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • The Hormiguero ruins are not well known and not publisized as they should be. It is off the beaten track but not that far and easy to get to from the town of Xpuhil. Even though its main attraction...  more »
  • It's a nice little side with just a few structure a couple of which are in the process of restoration. The main temple is a Rio Bec style edifice with well preserved ornaments. I think the admission.....  more »
  • Getting to this site is not the easiest. While it is only 12 miles south of Xpujil the last mile of the 'road' is pretty rough. It is actually a two track road. If you are able to get down it there is a nice large parking lot for use. There is staff that lives on-site and is helpful. I lost track of the time zones and I ended up getting there an hour before opening but the nice men let me in anyhow. There is a restoration underway (Dec 2019) so it was fascinating to me to see the process and the amount of effort into rebuilding these ruins.
  • According to the guy running the site, Hormiguero only gets 60 visitors a year! So obviously when we went we were the only visitors there. The road there is bumpy and full of pot holes (watch out as we popped a tyre on our first attempt to get there) but it's worth it. The site is dilapidated and in need of some more funding to spruce it up, but that does take away from the ruins. There are only a couple of structures but they have some amazing carvings that are worth the trip. We also tagged on a trip to see the howler monkeys which was a 20 minute walk, which added to the magic of the site. There are also numerous lines of leaf cutter ants crawling across the pathways and roads which are incredible to see too.
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