Oaxaca has a very special natural wonder, there is only one other of its kind in the world, and its on the other side of our planet.
Today I will talk about Hierve el Agua.
WHAT IS HIERVE EL AGUA?
Hierve el Agua are petrified waterfalls, 1 of only 2 that exist in the world, and they are also eyes of water, of carbonated water.
WHERE DOES THE NAME COME FROM?
The name is due to the fact that in the springs it seems to be boiling, but in truth it is not hot, this phenomenon is due to the minerals, which move the water and cause bubbles to form, then makes it go up as if it was boiling.
WHERE IS HIERVE EL AGUA?
Hierve el Agua is located 70km away from Oaxaca city, close to San Lorenzo Albarradas town, the closest town is called Roeguía.
You can get to Hierve el Agua using a private car, or booking a tour, you can easily get to Hierve el Agua.
WHY VISIT HIERVE EL AGUA?
This question should not be asked, because visiting Hierve el Agua is something that you cannot miss, is a world wonder, because theres only other petrified waterfall in Turkey, and besides that here in Oaxaca this place is even more special because Zapotecs considered this place sacred.
ARCHAEOLOGY IN HIERVE EL AGUA
Because this place was considered sacred, there archaeological remains that you can visit, there are Zapotec aqueducts, built in a different way from usual.
WHAT TO DO IN HIERVE EL AGUA?
In this place you can do different activities but to enjoy the natural ¨pools¨ without people you will have to wake up early, because at 10 am it will be full.
Well with this tip I start with the activities that you can do.
SWIM AND RELAX
This activity can be done by anyone, you can be on the shore if you do not know how to swim, although if you know how to swim you can swim a little in the natural pools, but be careful because they can be more than 3 meters deep, and visibility is not good.
This activity is a lot of fun, but you need physical condition because first you climb to the top of the petrified waterfall and then go down to see it from below, then you can continue descending but be careful because the stones are slippery.
You can do this activity as soon as the tourists arrive or when you leave, but I recommend that you first enjoy the natural pools.
You can rent a bike and ride around admiring the scenery, flora and maybe see some wildlife.
If you’re looking for a photo session at this beautiful place, you can contact Douglas Favero Photography, the official photographer of Travel In Oaxaca.
Do not miss the gastronomy of the nearby fondas, you can enjoy memelas with handmade tortillas, tlayudas, tacos and natural waters, as well as oaxacan ice cream.
IS HIERVE EL AGUA OPEN?
After some problems that Hierve el Agua and the nearest towns had, Hierve el Agua is open to the public and you can enjoy this natural wonder of Oaxaca.
If you love this place you can stay overnight in the nearby cabins, but be sure to take the precautions that you consider necessary, because there is no cellphone signal and at night there is no other people.
To access Hierve el Agua you will need to pay 50 mexican pesos, and if you bring your own vehicle you will need to pay 150 mexican pesos for the parking.
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