Exploring Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca
If you travel to the state of Oaxaca and visit the gigantic mountain range nearby, take the road that leads to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and visit the majestic petrified springs of the Mixe Sierra, better known as the Cascadas de Hierve el Agua (Petrified Waterfalls). These are located in the ranch of Isidro Roaguía, in San Lorenzo Albarradas. They are called like that because of the bubbles that spring forth from them as if the water was boiling.
How to Get to Hierve el Agua
The adventure will begin at the mountain skirts where, for twenty Mexican pesos per passenger, you can rent a shuttle service that will transport up to 15 passengers up the hill. It is then that the flux of adrenaline will be triggered as the skillful drivers rush through narrow paths swerving to avoid obstacles with quick maneuvers. Truly, the trajectory to get there will be a thrilling experience because as they speed nonstop, they will describe the fauna and flora found along the way.
Once you reach the springs you’ll find the idyllic view of the greenish lagoons and trapped minerals that make up the surface at Hierve el Agua. Meanwhile, you’ll feel a slight breeze coming from behind the mountain range caressing your face and inspiring you to open your arms and close your eyes as you lift you head up to the sky.
Bathing in The Springs of Hierve el Agua
Apart from relaxing body and mind with the amazing landscapes, you’ll have the chance to put on your swimsuit in one of the available dressing rooms and swim in the 25ºC (77ºF) springs. We guarantee that the yellow, red, and brown colors of the water, apart from the artistic figures formed by the minerals in the lagoons, will offer you the perfect framing for professional landscape photography.
The Best Food in Oaxaca
Later, you’ll have the chance to indulge in tasty meals that include cecina –salted and sun-dried meat that may or may not be seasoned with chili and that is either broiled or grilled– and the traditional tlayudas, which are made with enormous blue corn crunchy tortillas spread with black beans and sprinkled with prickly pear and grated cheese. All these delicious dishes that will make your mouth water are sold in small stalls with wooden roofs.
One thing that is for sure, is that it’s a good idea to wait for a while after you eat before heading back to the mountain skirts because, once again, a bumpy ride on the shuttle will await and you won’t want to have all that food going up and down your stomach, will you?
Tips For Visiting Hierve el Agua
Try to carry only what you need. When you’re near the springs you might need to use your hands to hold on the rocks and avoid slipping.
Wear tennis shoes or hiking boots in order to walk comfortably along the slippery terrain and stay safe from cactus nettles.