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Hierve el Agua Tours

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Hierve el Agua
One of just two so-called “petrified waterfalls” in the world, Hierve el Agua—which translates to Water Boils—is a rock formation with cliff-top pools above it. Visitors can cool off in natural spring waters, which are touted to have healing properties, then hike down to the base of the waterfalls.  

Basics
Although the name of this near-unique natural attraction translates to “water boils,” Hierve el Agua is not a hot spring. In fact, the water here runs cool. Highlights of the site, which has surged in popularity in recent years, include the pools (which were formed by locals at the site of a naturally-occuring spring), the calcified “waterfall,” and remnants of Zapotec irrigation canals.

Several tours run to Hierve el Agua from Oaxaca City. Time-pressed travelers or first-time visitors can also combine a visit to Hierve el Agua with stops at other local sights, such as the Tule Tree, Mitla, and Teotitlán del Valle.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pack swimwear and a towel if you plan to take a dip in the pools.
  • There are basic changing and bathroom facilities.
  • Hierve el Agua is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.

How to Get There
Hierve el Agua is located about 43 miles (70 kilometers) east of Oaxaca City. Most visitors find it easiest to reach the site on an organized tour that includes round-trip transportation. Public transportation options, while more affordable, are complicated and time-consuming: Catch a bus to the Mitla archeological site, (which leaves from just outside Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos in Oaxaca City); once there, look for shuttles to Hierve el Agua. The whole journey takes about two hours. 

When to Get There
Hierve el Agua is open daily from morning through early evening, all year round. As a popular day trip destination, Hierve el Agua gets busier as the day goes on, so arrive early to avoid the worst of the crowds. Alternatively, visit midweek for a quieter experience, or stop by during the rainy season to see the surrounding forests while they’re lush.

What are Petrified Waterfalls?
Hierve el Agua is one of just two known petrified waterfalls in the world. The other—known as Pamukkale, which translates to Cotton Castles—is in Denizli, Turkey. This unique formation happens when mineral-rich water bubbles up through rock over centuries, then drips back over a cliff face to form open-air stalactites. These stalactites, from a distance, look like gushing waterfalls. 
Address: Oaxaca, Mexico
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Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca

Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca

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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. Head to Teotitlán del Valle to learn about Zapotec weaving traditions and explore the town. Next, enjoy plenty of time to walk down to the swimming area at Hierve el Agua and take a leisurely dip in the warm spring waters. Finally, 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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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$33.84
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US$33.84
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Day Trip to Hierve el Agua, Mitla, Tule, Mezcal, and Teotitlan del Valle

Day Trip to Hierve el Agua, Mitla, Tule, Mezcal, and Teotitlan del Valle

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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$47.57
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US$47.57

Half-day tour in Hierve el Agua

Half-day tour in Hierve el Agua

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Enjoy Hierve el Agua for real on this tour, the time you will have in this place is five and a half hours, so you can walk the trails, take incredible photos, take a shower, sunbathe and relax. The departure is at 6:30 am and the return at 5:00 pm. We are the only agency to offer this service. Minimum 2 people to take the tour
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$38.93
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Full-Day El Tule, Mitla & Hierve el Agua Tour from Oaxaca

Full-Day El Tule, Mitla & Hierve el Agua Tour from Oaxaca

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Visit Mitla, Tule, and Hierve del Agua in a single day on this multi-stop tour from Oaxaca. With round-trip transportation provided, it’s easy to move between the different sites and there’s no need to rent a car. Learn about the Zapotec people at the Mitla archaeological site, see a 2000-year-old tree at Tule, and swim in the natural pools at Hiever del Agua. Get the most out of your visit to the region through guided commentary on the local people, culture, and history.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$21.00
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US$21.00

Exclusive Hierve el Agua Full-Day Tour

Exclusive Hierve el Agua Full-Day Tour

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Forget about paying additional costs, in this tour everything is included, including local food. Enjoy the spectacular landscapes of boiling the water, know the mythical city of the dead: Mitla, overloaded with ornamental elements, scrolls and reliefs. Besides known the production process of one of the most emblematic Oaxacan drink since inmemorial time.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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US$99.00

2-Day Oaxaca Tour including Monte Alban, Mitla and Hierve el Agua

2-Day Oaxaca Tour including Monte Alban, Mitla and Hierve el Agua

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Ideal for travelers who want to enjoy the most importat touristic attractions from Oaxaca in two days. Monte Alban and Mitla are the main arqueological sites in Oaxaca, both sites are the most visited by Oaxaca visitors. With this combo, in two consecutive days you will enjoy following tours: >> Monte Alban Route to visit the archeological site, then, the artisan village of Arrazola (handcraft Alebrijes), continue to Exconvent of Culiapam and San Bartolo Coyotepec (black pottery) >> Mitla Route, visit the Tule Tree, Teotitlan del Valle (wool carpets), Mitla Arqueological site, Hieve el Agua (salt-water petrified cascade) and Mezcal Factory. You will be added to a small group of tourists, usually up to 14 persons, neverhteless, on high seasons our groups might become bigger. This tour is operated in spanish and english. We will pick you up at your hotel's lobby between 9:45 to 10:00 AM.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.31
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Hierve el Agua, Mezcal Tasting, and Teotitlan del Valle Private Tour

Hierve el Agua, Mezcal Tasting, and Teotitlan del Valle Private Tour

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Enjoy this tour in private service, with what we can enjoy in a more personal way, the fantastic places that this route offers. The advantages of a private tour is that you traveled alone in the vehicle, can be added to the food or visit somewhere nearby, as long as it does not exceed the contracted time. We pass by you directly from the hotel, it is a door to door service, without more people. In case of requiring more time the extra hours have an additional cost.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$195.00
per group
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US$195.00
per group
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Private Family Tour including Mitla, Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Factory

Private Family Tour including Mitla, Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Factory

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Enjoy a Private Tour with family or friends; ideal for groups of 4 to 15 people. Fall in love with incredible landscapes and take the ideal photo with plenty of time and without rush. Make a visit at your own pace with extended time if you wish, without depending on the itinerary of a mass group. During this Private Tour you will be accompanied by a certified guide (english or spanish speaking) and a driver in a modern and comfortable vehicle according with the number of passengers. In addition, if you are Mexican, you can take advantage of the discounts for nationals at each site (only if applicable) such as student discount or free entry on Sundays. We will pick you up at your hotel's lobby at your starting selected time, we will visit the most emblematic places of this route such as the Tule Tree (more than 2000 years old), Teotitlan del Valle (artisans create beautiful wool rugs), Mitla (archaeological site), Hierve el Agua (fossilized waterfalls) and Mezcal factory.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$99.17
Price varies by group size
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Boil the water, Arbol del Tule, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour

Boil the water, Arbol del Tule, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour

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Hierve el agua is one of the places to visit if you come to Oaxaca. In addition, the archaeological site of Mitla is unique for the facades of the halls and its interior walls that are richly decorated with mosaics of limestone rock forming freckles.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$23.00
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US$23.00

Tule, Teotitlán del Valle, Mitla, Hierve el Agua and Palenque de Mezcal Tour

Tule, Teotitlán del Valle, Mitla, Hierve el Agua and Palenque de Mezcal Tour

Visit the Tule Tree, the artisan workshops of Teotitlán del Valle and the archeological site of Mitla. Discover the Zapotec culture on this half day tour. Complete your tour and learn about the process of mezcal production.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$67.00
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Hierve el agua, Mitla & Teotitlan Tour of Oaxaca

Hierve el agua, Mitla & Teotitlan Tour of Oaxaca

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Discover the wonders of Oaxaca in one day and embark on a surprising day of adventure, history, tradition and natural wonders as you explore the wonders of Oaxaca State.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$69.00
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Mitla, El Tule and Mezcal Tasting Day Trip from Oaxaca

Mitla, El Tule and Mezcal Tasting Day Trip from Oaxaca

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$34.99
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The Mystical Route

The Mystical Route

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Discover with us Hierve el agua a natural wonder that our state has, in addition you will be able to know the traditional elaboration of the traditional carpets of Teotitlán del Valle, and also the production derived from the distillation of the heart of the maguey, you will taste a great variety of mezcal
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$60.00
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US$60.00

Combo two-day tours, Hierve el Agua Full day and Monte Alban full day

Combo two-day tours, Hierve el Agua Full day and Monte Alban full day

To guarantee a low price, we offer you a combo of two tours. We recommend this combo, if it is your first visit to Oaxaca. We have new and modern vehicles, with government permits to transport and also with insurance. Avoid taking free excursions, they don't guarantee you have a certified guide. To guarantee a low price, the order of the tours may change. You should consider that the tours are in continuous days. We only use vans for tours.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$37.00
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US$37.00

Oaxaca Zapoteca Route Private

Oaxaca Zapoteca Route Private

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Enjoy an Amazing tour from Huatulco to Oaxaca for 3 days, you will discover the magic of ancient cultures, also you will visit the mezcal palenques, the city of the dead "MITLA", the Archaeological Zone. The adventure continues making the following scale to the Zapotec indigenous people of weavers "Teotitlan del valle", a place full of colors. Continue the journey where you will appreciate the famous and most notable "Tree of El Tule", And to finish this first day of adventure we arrived at the Oaxacan capital, where they will appreciate the former church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The second day you will enjoy this great journey where we will know Monte Alban archaeological site which is the ancient capital of the Zapotecos and one of the first cities in Mesoamerica. we willvisit a small town of adobe houses "San Bartolo Coyotepec" famous for its black pottery. you will have the opportunity to visit Artisan Villages where you will admire the wood carving artisans.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,538.47
per group
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Full-Day Hierve El Agua, Mitla and Tule Tour from Oaxaca City

Full-Day Hierve El Agua, Mitla and Tule Tour from Oaxaca City

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Experience Oaxaca’s amazing nature and culture on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, relax in the picturesque pools of Hierve El Agua, explore the ancient Zapotec “Place of the Dead,” Mitla, marvel at a 2,000-year-old, 130-foot (40-meter) tall cypress tree, marvel at the wool rug artisans of Teotitlán del Valle, and sip delicious mezcal at a local distillery.
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  • 9 hours
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US$30.00
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Exclusive Private Tour: Hierve el Agua with Hike, Mezcal & Gastronomy

Exclusive Private Tour: Hierve el Agua with Hike, Mezcal & Gastronomy

Exclusive and Private Tour: 2 to 3 people maximum per car. There are no extra payments during the tour. We always have a qualified driver and a certified guide. We never drive and talk at the same time your safety comes first. Good practices with responsible, sustainable and sustainable tourism. Our desire is to participate directly in the growth of sustainable development in general. We are native to Oaxaca. We have the insurances, certifications and permits to offer the Tourist service. We are from Oaxaca. We offer: safety, hygiene and warmth.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$199.00
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US$199.00
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Hierve El Agua, Mezcal, Mitla, Tule Tree Tour

Hierve El Agua, Mezcal, Mitla, Tule Tree Tour

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Something that we have identified from others, are our Guides, all of them are part of the Lescas family and we want to share what we like about our beautiful Oaxaca, fun, ambitious and knowledgeable about the history and traditions of Oaxaca, we believe that the guide It has the ability to transmit the passion and come to appreciate everything from a different vision
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.00
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Paths of Mezcal

Paths of Mezcal

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They are small groups, exclusive of no more than 14 people per certified guide under NOM 08, our guides attend tourism with a great quality in the service of both information and friendliness.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$45.00
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US$45.00
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Hierve el Agua & Mitla Ruins Scenic tour in Oaxaca

Hierve el Agua & Mitla Ruins Scenic tour in Oaxaca

♦ “Tule Tree” as you've sen it on TV!! ♦ The definitive edition of the Oaxaca Excursion! A variety of tours including the topical unexplored area "Hierve el Agua" and unique Mitla ruins ♪ Embark on a trip to Oaxaca's Mexican culture, history and nature! ◆◆ Mitla Ruins ◆◆ ◆◆ Tule Tree ◆◆ ◆◆ Teotitlan del Valle◆◆ ◆◆ Yelveer Agua ◆◆ ◆◆ Mezcal Studio ◆◆
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$72.00
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