Hierve el agua was high high up on my long list “to see in Mexico”! So ofcourse when we got the chance we went to see it in 2014.
To get there, I know that you can take a day tour with travel companies or you can hire a private driver. As usually David and I wanted to do it the cheapest way! So we started our day from Oaxaca city around 70km away from Hierve el agua. We took a local bus that dropped us off in the middle of nowhere. Then we jumped into a shared taxi that took us to a small town where we took another local bus to Mitla. From there we then took a “chicken bus” to Hierve el agua but the bus would not leave before it got full so we had to wait one hour. ( Luckly on the way back we took a shared taxi from Mitla all the way back to Oaxaca.)
Hierve el agua in spanish means “water boils” but when we got there the water was ofcourse not boiling but it was bubbling!
I don’t know how to describe this place but I think Lonely planet did a very good job so here is how they describe it : “Hierve El Agua, 14km southeast of Mitla, bubbling mineral springs run into natural infinity pools right on a cliff’s edge with spectacular panoramas. Water dribbling over the cliff edge for millennia has created mineral formations that look like huge frozen waterfalls. “
That description makes everybody wants to go there right?
When David and I were there it was quite crowded but we still managed to capture some photos of this beautiful place without someone else head or arms in them! But to get those pictures David and I got into an argument because every 5 minutes I would be throwing him the camera and be shouting “Now there is no one! Hurry hurry!”.
If you want to avoid the crowds I have heard that you can stay there over the night so you would have the whole place for yourself the late afternoon and the early morning.
There are guided tour for a very short hike to see the stalagmite waterfalls. It’s not really necessary to use a guide but I think it’s good for the local people to earn some money.
I really enjoyed this place and if I get the chance to visit it again I would!
Read more about Hierve el agua here.