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. Hierve el Agua is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Oaxaca Edition.
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  • Without a doubt is a valley with exquisite views, its forged ponds for thousands of years by the Zapotec people, with formations sculpted by the sediments of calcium carbonate and other minerals are of incomparable beauty; Unfortunately access has no restriction and formations on the ground damaged drastically the last few years, lack culture of conservation and is a sadness to think that in a few years that beauty will disappear...
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  • It is an amazing place, 4 years ago I was with my partner and the truth was different, has somewhat neglected and this week that I was noticing a little more dry and neglected, although it is felt that way... remains a place with lot of magic, there are always guides outside the place you can ask one to take you to explore and you go down to the waterfall, I recommend to wear clothes suitable comfortable tennis and long protective solar ahh and a water. the ascent is criminal but after being in the best spots to view and take a perfect picture of the whole place... climbing these giant rocks is the least... it is a place that you must visit before people finish with water, it is beautiful, sure you will love
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  • We visited here as part of an Intrepid tour, and paid to be part of a group tour. Some others in our group rented a car and travelled themselves with no issues but I was quite happy to pay the extra n...  more »
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  • Very pretty. Once you take the sight in and bath in the fairly cold water you can enjoy food or drinks served by the people there. It still takes an entire day as traveling to and from will take you around 3 to 4 hours.
  • This site includes a tiered area of shallow mineral pools of cool water. A few kids were in the water but its best for a warm day. Water from these pools slowly make there way over the edge of a cliff and have formed two large frozen waterfalls of rock. There is a nice hike from the top of the second waterfall, down and under both falls and up the far side in a circuit back to the pools. The way down is on pretty large steep sets of stairs, the way we came back was a longer, switch backing rocky path without stairs..... pick your poison. The path was at least a couple miles but worth it for the excellent view of the rock formations, and the scenic nature of the area.
  • Nice place, bit be aware that the main pool is not in use (but there are smaller ones 2 minutes walk) and that some of the cabanas are more ruins than cabanas. Overall it is a cool spot to take a few pictures and go for a swim or stroll of you want.
  • This place can be a real tourist trap, but if you are willing to hike a bit you will be greatly rewarded. There is a path at the end of the parking lot that leads you on a several km hike down to the base of the "waterfalls". It is spectacular and definitely worth it. It loops around to the other side where the mineral pools are.
  • Amazing. Defo go here if in Oaxaca. Our little guy loved every minute... its a beautiful experience. We went on a Monday got there about 12 and there weren't that many people there which helped in the enjoyment I reckon. We got a private tour from Oaxaca as we wanted to be able to go at our own pace with the littleun, it was a great day out!

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