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Hierve el Agua
Hierve el Agua

Hierve el Agua

Oaxaca, Mexico

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.

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Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
star-4.5
$54.99 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A perfect day to swim and take in the culture
An amazing day! Our tour guide Ignacio was super informative and led a great tour. We started with Hierve el Agua, which has got to be one of the most magical places. The swimming there was so incredible, I loved it. We also stopped at a great buffet, old Zapotec weaving village, and mezcal tasting. Highly recommend this tour
Karolina_R, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Oaxaca

star-5
Awesome Oaxaca Tour!
Miguel_M, May 2021
Full-Day El Tule, Mitla & Hierve el Agua Tour from Oaxaca
Wow! This was an amazing Tour!! Mitla is a famous archeological site in Oaxaca and it is well-worth visiting! This tour combines good tour sites and an overall Oaxaxan feel! Highly recommend it!
star-5
The most beautiful site ever!!!
haddadyael, Jun 2019
Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
Nicho came to the hotel lobby on time. The car was spacious and very clean. Nicho explain in spanish and english and bring us to Hierve el agua first: this place is so beautiful!! Nicho came with us a part of the time and let us swim about an hour - it was emough - we stayed there about 2.5-3h, but honestly, we could stay more...
star-5
A worthwhile trip!
Chris_W, Mar 2020
Half-day tour in Hierve el Agua
This was really a great experience! Hierve el Agua is beautiful. Lots of hiking to be done and the water is beautiful. We picked this tour because it allowed more time to enjoy Hierve el Agua than any other of the tours. Our guide, Marco was super. The mezcal factory was really cool and visiting the weaver and seeing that process was so interesting. The woven rugs are wonderful! I highly recommend this trip!
star-5
Uziel was amazing
Sightseer16264524586, Nov 2019
Half-day tour in Hierve el Agua
We loved the tour! Our guide Uziel was educated on all the sites and his English was really good. I highly recommend this company!!! Of all the companies that do Hierve el Agua, you get the most amount of time in nature with this one!
star-5
A great day out
Lisa, Feb 2020
Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
Knowledgeable guide, plenty of time at each stop, comfortable car and reliable pick-up and drop off. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great day exploring Oaxaca
Ambassador298609, Aug 2019
Full-Day El Tule, Mitla & Hierve el Agua Tour from Oaxaca
This was a great way to explore a few of the towns and sites near Oaxaca in a short amount of time. Our guide and driver David and Roberto were prompt and friendly - they explained all the sites we visited but also gave us time to explore on our own. We were even able to tailor the day somewhat since we were the only group on the tour. It felt like a good amount of time at each stop, and it was very interesting and enjoyable to learn about the towns and communities we visited. Great day!
star-4
What a great time!
luna94_2000, Nov 2019
Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
Our guide was nice and very humorous. He was very attentive and made sure we knew what was going on at all times. The guides were kind and patient with us making our way back from the bottom of the rock formations at Hierve el Agua. Loved the kind and very intelligent lady showing us step by step her weaving process in the beautiful valley of Teotitlan. The mezcal tasting was great. Thanks for a good time.
star-4
Hierve del Agua
kinnearsj, Feb 2020
Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
Our guide was a wonderful young man. We loved the weaving place and Hierve del Agua was spectacular. The lunch spot was good and it was interesting to see how Mezcal was made, but not our drink of choice.
star-5
Cool Day with Lots of Good Experiences
revahudon, Mar 2019
Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
The trip was really good and the Hierve el Agua was incredible! The food and the Mezcal tasting was interesting, but could have spent a little more time on the tour. The rug place was neat and none of the places you go to are pushy to buy. Miguel was really helpful and friendly towards us, even offered a ride to the airport at the end of our trip; which we gladly took.
star-4
Affordable & nice way to get to Hierve el Agua
BenKatzSD, Jul 2018
Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
Easy, reasonably prices, and friendly guide. Be sure to bring your own towel to Hierve el Agua and eat while you're there -- there is no other food stop on the tour. The Pina Loca (whole pineapple with Tajin & a bit of alcohol is highly recommended.) Only downside was the Mezcal distillery. It was nice to see how it was made, but this was clearly a very tourist oriented distillery that didn't seem to have a lot of passion for what they do.
star-5
Great views and service!
Marlene L, Oct 2019
Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
The tour guide was great, leading us on the hike. Buffet spot was really tasty, the mezcal tasting was great. Recommend.
star-4
A great half day experience at Hierve el Agua
goldhair13, Jan 2020
Half-day tour in Hierve el Agua
This tour fitted our preferences, because we wanted to reach Hierve el Aqua early in the morning before it gets crowded. That is why we selected it. The schedule of this tour brings you there around 8ish am and you have 3.5-4 hours to stay and enjoy all area around Hierve el Agua. You have enough time for trekking, to swim and take lots of pictures. if you do not want to spend much time at Hierve el Agua, you may need to consider an alternative tour. Then you are visiting an indigenous community where you learn how the local populations use the plants and nature to create the colors for their textiles. Last but not least, there is a last stop at a Mescal factory where you learn about the different types of Agave plant and its distillery process to produce Mescal. We have to mention that our driver & tour guide was amazing. He tried to answer any question we had and provide us with information about Oaxaca area, local crafting techniques and local culture. If we have to mention something that it can be done to improve this tour even more, here is our 2 cents: 1) The food stop may need to come earlier in the tour and not at the end before Mescal testing. 2) Oaxaca is famous for the good food and we think that Viator's tours have to find better spots for their food stop. Oaxaca dining deserves better representation than average buffets / restaurants. 3) We bought stuff both during textiles stop at the indigenous village and of course during Mescal stop at the Mescal Factory. However, we found both places a bit pricey. Either negotiate the prices or you can find similar stuff at Oaxaca street markets.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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