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Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca

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Admire the scenic rock formations of Hierve el Agua, which resembles a frozen waterfall dropping from the cliffs. These calcified formations were built by mineral water trickling down the mountainside. Although their name means "water boils" in Spanish, the bubbling mineral pools are actually lukewarm and often even chilly. Take a dip in the springs, said to be beneficial for the skin, and enjoy the spectacular cliff views. Using our world travel planner, Oaxaca attractions like Hierve el Agua can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • There are several ways to get here, by a collectivo, a special local bus, or as part of a local tour like I did. The walk up and down to the actual petrified water is tricky as there are alot of steep...  more »
  • The walk to see the effect of the mineral deposits to create the 'waterfall' was breathtaking. Some of the path was steep but it was worth the walk then to slip into the pools, with the natural infini...  more »
  • About one hour from Oaxaca tour. beautiful mountain scenery. Swimming pool of the mineral springs. A long walk would not recommend for anyone who could not walk well.  more »
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  • Beautiful place. It is a bit of a hike so wear comfortable shoes. They do have bathrooms so you can change once you get to the bottom.
  • A must go if you spend some time in Oaxaca! We brought our two young kids. It is a beautiful site, there are vendors that sell some food and drinks (not by the water, but where the colectivo drops you). Great one day adventure!
  • Every single time you go you'll get a different experience, whether all the pools are full or maybe just a couple it is truly a mesmerizing place
  • Very interesting natural place that's an easy day trip from Oaxaca. Get there early to avoid the tours that arrive late in the afternoon.
  • Was quieter than I thought which was great. Water wasn't cold at all. Went there as part of a typical day trip and the drive to the place was very scenic too. Definitely recommend going.