Hierve el Agua
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We went the public bus and colectivo route to get here and that was quite the adventure. We went to the second class bus terminal in Oaxaca and the bus was on the far left of the
Terminal if you face the bus departure area. They leave every hour. The bus ride was pleasant and dropped us right outside where the colectivos were. This is where the fun began! You will get herded into the back of a van with 12-16 other people and then enjoy a bumpy hour long ride! There are 2 routes to take, one is longer over the mountain and the other is shorter but you have to pay an additional 10 pesos to use the road. We were taken on the shorter route.
As for the main attraction, it was really beautiful and we went on a week day that wasn't too warm, so it wasn't too busy. We spent an hour walking down the path to view the petrified waterfall from the bottom, and then another hour or so enjoying the pools and drying off. There are change rooms and toilets near the pools.
After we were finished, we just waited where the colectivos dropped us off in the morning and one came after around 45min.
Written February 9, 2020
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,306 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Located 65km Southeast of Oaxaca and featuring natural mineral springs and white mineral formations resembling frozen waterfalls, Hierve El Agua is a big ticket item on most itineraries in Oaxaca.

My wife and I recently visited and here are a few of my thoughts on those considering a visit here.
* This is a highly popular activity and the site isn’t huge. It did become fairly clogged with visitors by the time we left (11am) and I felt this detracted significantly from its natural beauty. With this in mind I would encourage someone to try to create an arrangement in which they arrive early (it opens 0730am) to beat the crowds - we used Coyote Adventuras with this in mind and had a good experience.

* The pools are actually quite cold to swim in which surprised me a bit.

* There are actually two waterfalls here - the first is cascada chica which is the small one that produces the water for the mineral pools. The larger is known as cascada grande and this is visible in the distance from the mineral pools. You can take a small hike to the base of these waterfalls for some impressive pictures (see below). Please note if you are not doing a tour you will need a local guide to take you on this. It was a part of our tour.

* There are change rooms at the pools.

* Like any big ticket tourist attraction there are the usual hordes of food and drink vendors.

Overall a decent tourist attractions but as I said, take some consideration on your arrival time.
Written July 21, 2022
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Eyecur2nvs
Jacksonville, FL61 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Beautiful spot near Oaxaca city. The pools are amazing, but you have to arrive early (we hired a taxi for the day per hour at 220 pesos per hour) so leave Oaxaca city by 8am so you avoid the insane crowds. We hired a local guide for a 1.5hr guided trek to get some great views and gave a tip at the end (700 pesos for 3 of us).
Bring your bathing suit and a towel if you want to swim and be sure to wear sunblock bc the sun is very intense at that altitude.
Written January 5, 2020
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NJCricketer
NJ489 contributions
May 2022
If you want a bit of hiking, exploring and change of scenery this is a wonderful place to go it. It was hot so you do need water and you can walk down to the bottom of the large 'waterfall' at a slow place so it is a tough but doable climb back up - much easier for 20-30 year olds. We had a guide (he knew the rules) who drove us there and then we were driven by the local taxi driver for 2 miles.

The setting is beautiful. the 3 ponds of water where people were swimming were refreshing and inviting - you can easily spend a whole day here but we had 2 other places on the list.

Unique natural formation so you feel positive seeing something different than just city sights.
Written May 21, 2022
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JXXXR
United Kingdom4,897 contributions
Mar 2022
I came to Hierve el Agua on a Tuesday in March, as part of a tour. The pools and surrounding area are beautiful (although not completely unmissable), however this attraction is one hour and fourty five minutes from Oaxaca and public transport is terrible, so it's advisable to join a tour (the tour we went on cost 500 Peso's each) or hire a car.

The attraction price is 50 Peso's however locals often charge and unofficial "road tax" in the area, so make sure you bring adequate cash on your trip.
Written March 14, 2022
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Dairy_State
Wisconsin51 contributions
Jan 2020
The natural rock formations, formed by excess minerals in spring water trickling over the cliffs, are stunning. Be prepared for a heart-thumping climb back up and carry plenty of water. The swimming area on the plateau is pleasant--go early to avoid crowds. The food and drink stands which adjoin the parking area aren't much, so I would not recommend planning to eat there.
Written February 5, 2020
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Julsunflower
San Diego, CA45 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Beautiful scenery I was there for only 1 hour i wish I was able to stay longer. Went last week of January weather was perfect, to jump in and swim. ( water was not hot , but at soon as you jump in your body adjust). We took a tour and our stop there was 1 hour I will recommend wear your swimsuit under your clothes and a towel , this way you avoid waisting time on the dressing room. We walk around and after the swim we went to the dressing rooms to change. The hike up took me 15 minutes and I was out of breath so if you buying a michelada buy it as soon as you get there and bring it down with you.
Written February 9, 2020
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,916 contributions
Dec 2019
Our last stop on our full day tour was the Hierve de Agua petrified falls and hot springs. This should have really been visited in the morning for best photo light. Part of the drive was on good roads, but the last seven miles was on a badly rutted dirt road through several small villages. It was after 5 pm when we arrived and the sun was setting. Still able to get many good shots of the springs and falls. The hot springs are actually cool water, but several people were soaking up the last remaining sun as they lounged in the waters. We were supposed to leave just after 6 pm. Stragglers not back to bus until 6:30 pm and then we had to follow a long line of traffic out the dirt road.
Written January 8, 2020
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Lu Go
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Apr 2020 • Couples
We did this day trip outside of a tour group. From the second class bus terminal you can catch a bus to Mitla and from there hop in a pickup truck once there are 10 or so passengers queued up. The ride was very bumpy! Once at the top it was an incredible sight and swimming was so lovely! The snacks and drinks near the entrance were all reasonably priced so dont be shy and spend some money while your up there!
Written March 31, 2020
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Liliänä M
Cancun, Mexico28 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Better season to visit this places is on June or July, many stories about this place, not for people with any walking disability. Long distance for Walk all the Way down. The water looks green so if you want just put your feet on. The view from the top is simply un explicable, awesome. Is really cheap if you go by tour self from Mitla just take a taxi and then a Moto taxi, the entrance is just $25 pesos
Written February 18, 2020
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