Hierve el Agua Tours

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Hierve el Agua
If you head east on winding highway 179 past Mitla, you’ll notice how suddenly Oaxacan landscapes can change - in this case, from arid valley to steep mountains wooded with oak. The thermal springs of Hierve el Agua are located on one such mountain, and a swim in the soothing water affords spectacular views of the surrounding peaks, including the “petrified waterfalls” - sparkling stalactite cliffs created from mineral content in the springs - the area is famous for. If you hike southeast from the camping/parking area, you’ll find trails that lead past an ancient Zapotec irrigation system and down to the bubbling source of the spring. Standing at the edge of this buttress of stalactites affords a dramatic view of the pools and valleys below.

Hierve el Agua is not a hot spring---the water hovers at swimming pool temperature, perfect for a long soak in the heat of the afternoon. Local lore ascribes the pools with healing powers and the site attracts all walks of life, from local families to hippie backpackers.

Practical Info:

Hierve el Agua is located about 70 km east of Oaxaca City. If you don’t have wheels, consider commissioning a taxi for the day, or catch a colectivo (group taxi, often a truck) from the outskirts of Oaxaca, across the street from the baseball stadium, Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos  (Niños Heroes de Chapultepec and Boulevard Eduardo Vasconcelos). Take the colectivo toward the ruins of Mitla. Once there, you can catch another colectivo to Hierve el Agua. If you drive, you’ll come to a gate just before the spring where you’ll pay a nominal “road upkeep fee” to the local government. This is in addition to the actual cost of admission. Rudimentary camp areas and cabins are available, and small restaurants and food carts serve reasonably priced meals and snacks.
Address: Oaxaca, Mexico
Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm
Admission: 20 pesos; Camping: extra 30 pesos per person
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Explore the highlights of Oaxaca’s Tlacolula Valley without getting lost on this day trip with special appeal for first-time visitors. Jump from the Zapotec weavers town of Teotitlan del Valle to the Mitla archaeological site, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned minivan. This leaves time to visit the Tule tree and the petrified waterfalls at Hierve el Agua. A mezcal tasting is also included.
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Visit Hierve el Agua, a mezcal producer, and the Zapotec town of Teotitlán del Valle on a full-day tour from Oaxaca. Have plenty of time to walk down to the swimming area at Hierve el Agua and take a leisurely dip in the warm spring waters. Next, head to Teotitlán del Valle to learn about Zapotec weaving traditions and explore the town. You'll also visit a mezcal producer and sample several varieties of mezcal. Your tour includes guide, mezcal tasting, entrance fees, and round-trip transport from Oaxaca.
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Get to know the natural and cultural beauty of the Oaxaca Valley on this guided day trip by comfortable coach. Visit the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla, modern-day rug weavers in Teotitlan of the Valley (Teotitlán del Valle) and Santa Maria’s 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, the world’s thickest tree. Spend time at the carbonized falls flowing from the cliffs of Hierve el Agua before wrapping up the day with a delicious mescal tasting in Santiago Matatlan. Round-trip hotel transport from Oaxaca included.
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