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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  • You drive up into the mountains east of Oaxaca City, through little villages, and arrive in a large parking lot (many busses come here too) with lots of family vendors set up beyond that, selling hats...  more »
  • Place not to be missed for those who go to Oaxaca. The tours offered at the hotel and in the historic center does not give us enough time to enjoy this wonderful place. Taking a taxi and collective stand at least 3:00 there to feel the grandeur of nature. Light hats
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  • Majestic petrified waterfalls, trails for walking, pools for swimming, the views are beautiful mountains and wind running makes you yearn for flying.
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  • This is an incredible place! Swimming in the pools is a great experience. We drove here from Oaxaca in a rental car, the road was pretty good and well marked. We did have to pay a toll and 2 separate entrance fees but it was well worth it. Go early as it gets very busy after 10. There are bathrooms, changing rooms and showers available (bring some coins to use them). We also did the hike down to see Hierve el Agua from below which was steep but had incredible views. There are also many stands to buy food and drinks that are reasonably priced as well. We spent about 4 hours here and very much enjoyed our visit!
  • It's a good place for relax and enjoy of the view. I recommend to carry a sunscreen because the sun is very warm! The travel is good, you can to go through of your car or a travel agency. The ticket for enter is very cheap, it's like 2 or 3 dollars. If you want to go down for watching the waters you have to go down though a sidewalk of the mountain (be careful).
  • Great place to go for a relaxing day trip from Oaxaca. If you enjoy hiking, there's a small trail that leads beneath the "falls". Great views. Almost no one on the path.
  • Stunning views of the mountains and frozen waterfalls. The pools look nice, but did not get in so don’t know about cleanliness/temperature/etc. Tips: if you bring a drone, there is a “drone-fee” you need to pay in order to fly it there.
  • Absolutely my favorite part of Oaxaca. This place was gorgeous! Come prepared with a lot of water and sunscreen, especially if you plan to climb down to the other waterfall. It’s a climb of dozens of flights of stairs, but worth it! Bathrooms are atrocious and a total joke, but the natural beauty of this place is incomparable!
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