Time has overseen the creation of this marvellous place that has left its mark and become an emblematic part of Oaxaca, a place where the constant flowing of water reminds us that it is a living place.
This blissful Zapotec piece of land is one of only two petrified waterfalls in the world – the other being in Turkey. Its majesty inspires curiosity in all those who hear stories about Hierve el Agua (The Place Where Water Boils). People really want to go and witness the natural wonder in person.
Go and explore this fantastic site – get to know it, explore it, sharpen your senses, and listen to the birds in flight. If you pay close attention, you will hear the springs that stain the ground with calcium carbonate. The water is constantly refreshed as the earth moves and the springs remain active, regenerating and creating beauty, even thousands of years later.
Take a deep breath and feel the pure air while you refresh your lungs. Repeat several times until you relax completely so that you can enjoy the experience in full tranquility. Warning: time flies here.
Now close your eyes and feel the wind on your face and then on your whole body. Open your eyes and realise that you are standing still in time, while you float at a high altitude but while keeping your feet on the ground. Admire the view from the top of the mountain and watch the movement of the clouds and the landscape that surrounds you. Have you ever seen such a blue sky?
Go and touch the water to feel its bubbles and freshness. You will then discover that the water does not boil and that its name is merely figurative. Put your feet in the water. Or why not immerse yourself in one of the two pools to fully experience the energy of the place with all your senses? Immerse yourself in the place and enjoy this trip through time.
Information for a great experience:
- Hierve el Agua is about 1 hour’s drive from Oaxaca City.
- You can arrive by colectivo (shared taxi), tour or private car. The colectivo will cost significantly less but take about twice as long. It is a beautiful scenic route and worth the time!
- It opens at 8 am and closes once it gets dark.
- Ideally, arrive early or shortly before sunset. Peak crowd time is 12pm to 4pm.
- Bring a swimsuit, comfortable shoes, hat, and sunglasses.
- Toilets, changing rooms and restaurants onsite.
- Cash only.
- We recommend a guide to really explore the area.