Highway 180 going south out of Soto la Marina undulates through some low hills. It’s not great ride, though it is a relief from the flat, lowland monotony if you’re coming from the U.S. border at McAllen or Brownsville. Still, if you’re traveling down the Atlantic coast of Mexico and you’re in no great hurry to reach Tampico or Veracruz, consider a 20 km roundtrip detour to see the overlooked ruins at El Sabinito
About 94 km south of Soto la Marina and passed two small lakes, veer right onto the old, unpaved Cuidad Victoria-Soto la Marina highway. At about 21 km you’ll reach the small town of El Olivo. Leave El Olivo by the southwest road. From here it’s about five and a half kilometers to what I believe is the even smaller town of Ejido El Sabinito. Leave town still traveling west and shortly the road will swing in a northwesterly direction. Keep an eye out for signs to the ruins. The road really begins to deteriorate here and – as far as directions go – you’re on your own!