Chetumal - Villahermosa
Intimidating ArchitectureHormiguero is the name of this Classic Maya archaeological site in southern Campeche. Hormiguero is a seldom visited and relatively small ancient Maya city located south of the trans peninsular highway that cuts across the southern Yucatan through Quitana Roo and Campeche. The highway is nicknamed the "Archaeological Corridor" due to the numerous Maya sites scattered north and south of the road. The more popular stops are Becan, Chicanna, Xpujil, Dzibanche, Kohunlich and the massive pyramids at Calakmul.
Hormiguero is one of several small and off the beaten track locations that you can explore on your own, accompanied only by the occasional monkey and the chorus of the surrounding forest. The site boasts only a handful of modest structures, but with mind blowing architectural details still intact, such as gruesome, monster faced doorways and snarling stacks of impish faces at the corners. The sharp toothed doorways and faces are believed to be representations of the Maya rain god Chac and are a hallmark of the regional style known as Rio Bec. Hormiguero has two well preserved structures with these monster clad facades, which are rarely left behind by the ravages of time.
The best way to explore Hormiguero and other hidden Rio Bec sites is to rent your own 4 wheel drive vehicle, double down on the rental insurance and head into the thick jungle lined roads off the main highway. With a map of course!