hierve el agua oaxaca

How to go to Hierve el Agua Oaxaca on a low budget

Nestled in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, Hierve el Agua is a truly magical destination that combines the majesty of nature with the rich cultural traditions of the region. This unique site is a petrified spring that has created cascades of hot springs flowing over limestone cliffs, creating a stunning view.

What is Hierve el Agua?

Hierve el Agua is a natural wonder located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It features stunning rock formations that resemble cascading waterfalls, created by mineral-laden springs over thousands of years. It’s a popular destination for its unique beauty and cultural significance.


Hierve el Agua is situated approximately 70 kilometers east of Oaxaca City, in the municipality of San Lorenzo Albarradas. It’s accessible by car or guided tour from Oaxaca City.

How to get to Hierve el Agua by your own

From Casa Maguey hotel, walk to the Eduardo Vasconcelos baseball stadium over Av. De los Derechos Humanos take a bus that says Mitla, the trip will take you approximately 1h30 .

Then you have to drop off in Mitla and take another bus,  where the first bus drops you off you only need to cross the street to take the next bus to go to hierve el agua.

Total cost of the trip is approximate $100 mxn and will take around 2:30 one way.

What to Do in Hierve el Agua Oaxaca

Swim in the natural pools: There is no better way to relax and enjoy the views than to take a dip in the thermal pools. The warm and mineral waters are revitalizing.

  • Hiking and Exploration: Hierve el Agua has hiking routes that allow you to explore the area and admire the local flora and fauna. The panoramic views are simply stunning.
  • Local Food Tasting: Nearby, you will find small food stalls offering traditional Oaxacan dishes. Don’t miss the opportunity to try tlayudas,tasajo, chapulines (crickets) and mezcal, a local spirit.
  • Admire the Sunset: The view of the sunset from Hierve el Agua is unforgettable. As the sun sets behind the mountains, the site takes on a golden glow that will take your breath away.

Hierve el Agua is a testament to the beauty and natural diversity of Oaxaca, where cultural traditions are intertwined with the stunning landscape. Visiting this site gives you the opportunity to experience the best of the region’s nature and culture. Be sure to include it in your travel itinerary for a unique and unforgettable experience in Oaxaca!

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What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen and Hat: Protect yourself from the strong sun, as there’s little shade available.
  • Swimwear and Towel: If you plan to swim in the pools, bring appropriate attire and a towel.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Wear sturdy shoes for hiking and walking on uneven terrain.
  • Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated and energized during your visit, especially if you plan to hike or explore the area.
  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture the stunning views and memorable moments during your visit.


Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Hierve el Agua is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to May. During this time, the weather is warm and dry, ideal for outdoor activities and exploring the area. However, be aware that it can get crowded during peak tourist season, so consider visiting during weekdays or early mornings to avoid crowds.

Additional Tips

  • Arrive Early: To enjoy the site with fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, consider arriving early in the morning.
  • Respect the Environment: Help preserve this natural wonder by avoiding littering and following designated trails.
  • Consider a Guided Tour: If you’re not familiar with the area or prefer a hassle-free experience, consider joining a guided tour from Oaxaca City, which typically includes transportation and a knowledgeable guide.

Enjoy your visit to Hierve el Agua and soak in the natural beauty and tranquility of this stunning destination. 

Remember that we also offer different types of tours for different budgets that include round-trip transportation from Casa Maguey Hotel, meals, walks to main markets and more.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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