Photo Essay: A Day Trip to Hierve el Agua

by Ekua on November 4, 2011 in captured on memory card,Mexico,the natural world

Hierve el Agua is a unique location in Oaxaca state where you can find semi-natural pools and rock formations that resemble petrified waterfalls. I’d missed it on my fist visit to Oaxaca and I was determined to see my second time around.

It looks deceptively close to Oaxaca city on a tourist map of nearby attractions. We quickly learned that the map didn’t account for slow bus rides and winding roads.

After a local bus to Mitla, we hired a camioneta (a pickup truck with two rows of seats added to the cargo area so it can  hold several more passengers) to take us to Hierve el Agua. I opted to sit in the front part of the truck rather than the makeshift seats in the back. It was a good choice.

It turned out to be one of the most terrifying drives I’ve ever taken. We set off on a road through a hilly valley that led to the mountains. Ominous looking clouds hovered over those mountains.

Sure enough, as we climbed up, we entered a raging storm. Very little visibility, unpaved roads, cliffs. My heart eventually stopped pounding when the storm eased up and we reached lower ground.

It was a rough route, but like every other crazy drive I’ve been on, what awaited us at the end was something spectacular:

There is a combination of artificial and natural pools at Hierve el Agua. The rain stopped long enough for us to have a nice chunk of time to enjoy this place.

A close up of a petrified waterfall.

Beauty all around.

One of my group mates taking a break.

This place was like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

I thought the stormy weather brought out even more beauty in the unique scenery at Hierve el Agua.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jill November 13, 2011 at 9:31 am

Wow, that petrified waterfall is insane!


Ekua November 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Yup, it’s one of the coolest rock formations I’ve seen thus far!


Michaela November 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

Lovely pictures, as always! I’m sighing while sitting her at my desk wishing that I could be somewhere that looked so relaxing. And yes, the stormy sky is perfect for that location. Seems to bring you closer to nature’s power.


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