Hierve el Agua

hierve el agua

Located along the edge of a steep and difficult to reach hillside several kilometers east of Mitla is Hierve el Agua, or the Water Boils.  Here mineral springs bubble up out of the ground and run into a series of bathing pools that overflow down the hillside leaving behind mineral formations resembling giant frozen waterfalls.  The striking cliff-top location, expansive panoramas, calm turquois pools and popular belief that the mineral-laden water has beneficial effects on the skin all contribute to the appeal of Hierve el Agua and make the slow, rough ride up and down the steep, unpaved mountain road well worth the bumps and bruises we got after being bounced around in the back of our guide’s pick-up truck.

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1 Response to “Hierve el Agua”


  1. 1 silversard December 13, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Hello from “Genuine-Tourist.com”

    It has been a few years since we visited Hierve el Agua, but we agree with you that it is well worth the time. We actually walked down the entire length of it (is is VERY high) and then walked back up MANY steps to return to the top. I think one should try to spend the night and swim in the various pools available and enjoy the fantastic view. Here is an article about “the water that boils or bubbles” — http://tinyurl.com/5pu7jp

    Some of you readers may want to find additional information about the Oaxaca City area at — http://www.OaxacaCity.net.

    I will try to follow your blog a bit.


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