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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  • This is a unique experience....petrified waterfalls are not common in our planet. The site is about 90-120 minutes away from downtown Oaxaca. Once you get there, a one hour hike down gravel and rock t...  more »
  • Wonderful place in the nature with breathtaking landscapes. The place itself is also extremely beautiful, it is worth to take a short tour down to the petrified waterfall. Recommendation to go early i...  more »
  • Petrified waterfalls as the of boiling water is no 2 in the world. It is a show like no other that will leave you breathless. In addition, can swim in the puddles that still sprout from the ground. Important note: despite the name, the water is not thermal and is quite cold. But the truly valuable thing is the waterfall itself, which has been formed over thousands of years, with mineral deposits in the water. Take into account that the descent is difficult and resbaloza.
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  • 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.
  • The natural place is really interesting and beautiful. On the other hand, the management of the place is completely AWFUL. They charge you few kilometres before to pass the road which is in the WORST conditions ever. Is a pain to drive that and when you get the park you have to PAY MORE just to walk in. All the TOILETS are DIRTY even when they charge you an extra fee (we already payed right?) And the HYGIENE and cleanliness of the food they are selling looks it's completely bad. My visitors got SICK after eating there, which was also EXPENSIVE. We were really sad. It's a lame that such a beautiful place is being managed by completely incompetent people. Please do something about this. It's not about paying for the entrance. It's about the bad experience given by the people there. Please improve this.
  • Well worth a trip here if you have time. It's not easy to get to so expect windy roads and a lot of dust. But it's amazing and something you should see whilst in Oaxaca. They say the water here is healing; there were a lot of people testing that theory.
  • Located in the northern Mountain range of Oaxaca, it is part of Mexico's national heritage due to its splendor: 3 Calcium petrified waterfalls that originated years ago, due to the runoff of water through the mountains, contains areas of interest for tourism such as hot springs, an amphitheater with natural pools where people spend time respectfully with the environment (although it is not recommended for the use of sunscreen that affects water quality). What impressed me most, were the textures that the stone takes due to the passage of water, like veins and how it sprouts from the ground, giving the illusion of "boiling". i couldn't stay in the border of the waterfall too long, because i get scared with the high, but the experience is FORMIDABLE!!!
  • The views and the place awesome! There is a hike, first going down and then returning up to see the complete waterfall of rock. The walk is a little tough but doable. Remember to take a bathing suit with you so you can get into the pools of natural water at the top. The water is cold but very refreshing. Try to get there early if it is holiday season since it tends to get very crowded.

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