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“If you like Monster Mouth buildings, this place has them!”
Review of Hormiguero

Hormiguero
Ranked #17 of 39 things to do in Campeche
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Reviewed April 17, 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 friezes represents its ears, etc. Fantastic stuff. The Mayans believed that one who entered by the door (the mouth, remember?), actually entered Itzamnal's body and therefore, the entrance to the underworld.
Unfortunately, the road to Hormiguero is REALLY terrible with hundreds of potholes and broken asphalt, making the trip there pretty harrowing. Yet, for Mayan ruins fans, it's hard to pass up!

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Reviewed March 20, 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 an enormous door decorated the facade or if the facade decorated the door. Please, see the attached photos and judge by yourself.

2  Thank Javier_Morales_01
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Reviewed May 26, 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.

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Reviewed May 10, 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
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Reviewed March 21, 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

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