Hierve el Agua
Hierve el Agua
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located about 40 miles from Oaxaca, Hierve el Agua makes a great day trip from the city. Here, you'll see two waterfall-like rock formations which were formed when mineral-rich water spilled over the cliffs and trickled down the mountainside. At the top, you can take a dip in the man-made pools while enjoying awe-inspiring views. While they're not thermal springs, the waters were said to have healing properties due to their high mineral content. The easiest way to get here is via a private tour from Oaxaca. It's recommended to arrive early for thinner crowds. – Tripadvisor
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sisterbay716
Chicago, IL416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A stunning natural rock formation with natural pools and gorgeous hiking trails make this a terrific destination. Come early as it was even really hot in January! If you're physically able take the hiking trail that goes around the "water" falls (really they are mineral formations without water). They are well marked and provide a beautiful view of the formations from multiple perspectives. The swimming area (really just wading) is very popular but I found them a little too cloudy for my taste and they didn't seem super clean (note I said "seem" -- just my opinion). The changing area and bathroom facilities by the swimming area are not that great -- bathrooms are pretty bad and you must pay to use them (which would be fine if they were better!). There are some food and beverage vendors at the entrance.
Written 25 March 2024
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Destination616755
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you have a few days in Oaxaca, it's worth the trip, especially if you're up for the circuit hike around the base of the falls. The pools themselves were nothing special. Don't go with the expectation of bathing; more wading and the surfaces can be slippery. The hike was the best part, but it could be a challenge for some, especially in the heat. We rented a car and combined it with a great lunch in Teotitlan and just exploring the countryside on our own.
Written 6 March 2024
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Suzanne W
Houston, TX160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our group of two couples thoroughly enjoyed our loop hike around the calcium waterfalls and pools. The trail was fairly well marked. Bring plenty of water as the up hill either going either way is a challenge. We took a ton of pretty photos. The facilities are good. And we were super impressed with the medical staff who raced down the hill with a stretcher when one of my group passed out near the pools. They carried her to the top, checked her heart rate, blood pressure and temperature, and gave her liquids.
Written 4 March 2024
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stephan j
London, UK915 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We loved our trip to Hierve el Agua. Best hire a car for the day (we used Only Rent a Car, which we would not recommend. Expensive and old car with failing aircon). Driving is fairly easy when using google maps or Waze and it takes short of two hours to get there. The landscape is amazing and the springs interesting. I would think that in 1-2 hours you can have a nice walk around them and even a dip in the cool water if you fancy that.
On the way back I would recommend visiting Mitla, Yagul and Dainzu, all archeological sites. Lastly stop and have a look at the allegedly oldest tree in the world at El Tule.
Written 23 February 2024
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Narayananpr
Phoenix, AZ84 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
it was over rated and it was a disappointment. it is ruined by over tourism and the place is not maintained very well. the pools were cold and the ambience looked dirty. the views of the mountain were excellent though. You can skip this.
Written 1 February 2024
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VGTravelGirl
St. Albert, Canada1,836 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We hired a taxi/driver from Oaxaca City. We stopped at El Tule (the tree), Mitla very small ruins, rug making demonstration, and Huerve del Agua. It cost $350 pesos per hour and took us 7 hours. The rock formations are very interesting and we enjoyed the hike down to the rock formations and then to the mineral pools. We took a short-cut back up to parking lot that was very steep. We visited on a Sunday, so it was very busy with locals and tourists in the small pools. We didn’t need a guide during our trip.
Written 15 January 2024
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Heather L
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We hired a driver and went here on our own, which was very easy. No tour needed. The paths are clear and well-worn. We didn’t swim because it wasn’t warm enough but others were. There was a market area with plenty of food options and clean bathrooms (also more bathrooms and changing area by the pools - and shorter lines). Beautiful and unique rock formations are definitely worth the trip.
Written 31 December 2023
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Stephanie B
Shelburne, VT5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This really shouldn't be missed. The views are unbelievable and you're going to want to go for a swim. We hired a driver to take our family of 4 in hopes of avoiding some of the crowds. I don't think we were totally successful but then we were visiting Oaxaca over Dia de los Muertes.
Written 28 November 2023
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Melissa K
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Pretty but underwhelming. Not sure it’s worth the drive from Oaxaca. Unless you’re willing to hike don’t plan on much of a view
Written 14 November 2023
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Ben
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The place is miles away from Oaxaca. The views are great but hardly worth the time, money and effort it takes to get there. Facilities are also very poor at the location, not sure what the entry fee is for. You have to then play additional for the toilets which are completely falling apart.
Written 11 September 2023
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