Yesterday I went to paradise. I think. I decided to do a tour from Oaxaca City to the Hierve el Agua Waterfalls. I paid 200 pesos to go there, back, round a Mezcal distillery, a carpet shop (of course) and Mitla – an ancient ruins.
I didn’t quite register how good the trip would be, well the Hierve el Agua part anyway. All we were told was that it was a waterfall, but check out the natural springs that have popped up around it.
Hierve el Agua is Spanish for “the water boils”. The area is a set of natural rock formations in Oaxaca that have formed these incredible springs.
The Hierve el Agua springs are one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. The mineral-rich water was invigorating after the hike down and the mountainside 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 theyre; swimming around in a mineral pool and waving at us too.
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.
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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