Postcards from the Springs at Hierve el Agua

I felt like I’d just stepped into one of those Buzzfeed ‘Places to See Before You Die’  kind of articles. Hierve el Agua (Spanish for “the water boils”) is a set of natural rock formations in Oaxaca that have formed these incredible springs.

It’s the Hierve el Agua Waterfalls that are advertised throughout Oaxaca City, but it’s the natural springs that I couldn’t get my camera away from. Just look at them!

Postcard from Hierve el Agua Postcard from Hierve el Agua

This was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. The mineral-rich water was invigorating after the hike down and the mountain side pool was like the ultimate infinity pool, while the other one was a bit warmer for lounging around in. As we looked out over the miles of views to the other mountains we wondered if there were some little people over there, swimming around in a mineral pool and waving at us too.

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And here’s the Hierve el Agua Waterfall, it looks like it’s frozen but it’s the salty crystals forming in the flow that makes it look still to the untrained eye. The falls have formed over thousands of years and the water is full of minerals – causing the white residue.

Postcard from Hierve el Agua

You can get to the Hierve el Agua area using three buses from Oaxaca City yourself, or join a tour like I did. I booked through the hostel I was staying at Casa de Angel and it was only 200 pesos (£9.17) and included a trip to a Mezcal distillery, a carpet shop (of course!) and the Mitla Ruins too. Some friends made their way up there on the public buses and it was 80 pesos cheaper and you could go and leave when you wanted. Depends whether your ideal day includes more sites or more freedom, up to you!

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  1. by Chloe on November 22, 2014  2:00 am Reply

    Beautiful photos of the springs! I went there last year and couldn’t believe my eyes! You've got some great pics :).

    • by Vicky on November 22, 2014  2:02 am Reply

      Thanks Chloe. I loved it there! Definitely one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

  2. by Dean on May 12, 2015  3:35 am Reply

    Hi -I was watching this youtube clip ---> (2min30 to 3min30) and began an internet search as to where these beautiful mineral pools were.... and came across your photo's! Thanks to your blog I now know where to visit them! Happy travels and best regards, Dean -Melb, Australia

    • by Vicky on May 18, 2015  8:12 am Reply

      Wow, thanks for sharing that clip Dean. They've captured it better than I could've done with my camera and lack of helicopter! Still one of the most beautiful places I've seen in the world.

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