Hierve el Agua

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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,174 contributions
May 2022
If you like to venture out to unique natural wonders then you should take the time to see this out of the way place. The ride up can be scary but I feel it was well worth it despite the short time here due to our late driver's departure from Oaxaca city. The hot springs pools, view, and access to food and drinks make it a nice outing. We had a great time getting there and hanging out with the rest of the tourists on our mini bus.
Written May 27, 2022
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NJCricketer
NJ478 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 Kingdom4,896 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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AvidTraveller1978
Reading, UK629 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Friends
Aside from being shaken on the way to this so called ‘attraction’ on a dirt track , I simply cannot understand what is good about it that is worth the suffering. Genuinely was looking forward to this instagram famous place - being underwhelmed is exactly how I felt. Pix make this place look amazing - nice views but you can see them elsewhere minus suffering getting here … a day of my life I won’t get back
Written January 22, 2022
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streamvista
Tennessee124 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
5 stars all the way. I found Hierve el Agua to be very unique. As you can see from the pictures, the natural hot springs have created some very interesting pools of water on top of the mountain. You can spend time relaxing and taking in breathtaking mountaintop views. It's like sitting in an infinity pool with an amazing view. Also, I just enjoyed walking around, hiking, and exploring. It was interesting to see the springs bubbling out of the ground.

People with kids: The water pools seemed pretty safe. We saw lots of kids -- tourists and locals. As long as you don't run around, it's fine. Just be aware this is on top of a mountain and be careful.

You will get awesome, one-of-a-kind pictures up here. It's worth the long and crazy drive up the sketchy mountain roads. Trust me. You will always remember this journey and the "petrified waterfall" is really cool. Definitely need a tour or experienced driver because the road is so bad!

Water temperature is luke warm and the higher elevation is cooler. In the morning, it's probably quite cold in the winter. So, best to visit in the afternoon!

And, yes, this is open as of January 2022. I know they had some local issue that closed things down for awhile. But, it's open for visitors when we went. There are vendors and people selling drinks. However, restrooms aren't the best.
Written January 11, 2022
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Zandyy
London, UK141 contributions
Dec. 2021
I've been wanting to visit this place for years, ever since I first heard of it: a series of volcanic pools forming what looks like a 'petrified' waterfall, in the middle of nowhere.

In reality, it's truly a stunning place but there are a few buts.

First, the road there isn't for everyone. We read a few conflicting reports about the road, we then went with the review that said to aim for Xaaga but still somehow ended up on the new toll road. Luckily the lady at the toll gave us a little note in English with instructions on how to get there - you need to enter the town on San Pablo and drive to Xaaga from there. From Xaaga it's about 45mins of a dirt road which was reasonable drive and doesn't require a 4x4. You go all the way up a hill and then start going down the other side and seem to reach another village before reaching the site.

Second, the site itself isn't as wild as we expected it to be given its inaccessibility. There are dozens of food stalls, a manmade pool alongside the natural ones, and the fencing is quite aggressively constructed and will ruin most pictures. Health and safety is quite shocking on the other hand, there is no protection from the cliff anywhere so kids must be constantly minded. There was also not much water when we were there, I don't know if that's a seasonal thing but perhaps research best time of year to visit as it wasn't as impressive as we imagined it to be. We saw a snake when we were there, not sure how common that is but watch where you're going.

So overall I think my expectations may have been too high and that's why I was disappointed. I'd still recommend a visit if you're around, but don't hype yourself too much in advance.
Written January 3, 2022
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TravelingParent11
Comox Valley, Canada145 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Family
Nov 2, 2021 . The main road is still closed because of the villages dispute. There is a back road that can take you there from a nearby town. Local guides call it "dirt road" , but better description is a " goat trail " - a 45 -60 minutes bumpy rock and clay, one- lane cliff hanger. I would absolutely not recommended it in the rain or dark.
The destination is very cool , but if you been to Utah, nothing new.
Go early and return early , if you do. Bring a bathing suit and a towel for the cliffe edge swim in thermal waters .
It's at elevation, so gets cold at night, come prepared if you get stuck ( yourself or behind someone else which is highly likely because of the crazy road and inappropriate vehicles on it) . Food and drinks are available at the market.
Written November 6, 2021
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Keith M
Diamond Bar, CA3 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Family
Have visited several times and the last time still doesn’t disappoint. Planning another trip to Oaxaca this August with my daughter, who has never visited Hierve del Agua, but I am pretty sure that it will still be closed to tourists due to a dispute over Distribution of proceeds.
Written June 3, 2021
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Kathy H
Loreto7 contributions
Nov. 2020
HIerve el Agua is NOT to be missed! A bit of a walk into it, but not overly strenuous. Fascinating natural occurrance. Try to go when fewer tourists!
Written May 29, 2021
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BotiMX
Mexico City, Mexico41 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Friends
Hierve el agua Is about 2 hours away from Oaxaca but I highly recommend going there!! It's beautiful I cant explain the beauty of this place
Written February 15, 2021
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