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hierve el agua petrified waterfalls oaxaca

These are two impressive waterfalls petrified (calcium carbonate) formed, for thousands of years, carbonated water runoff. From springs, water falls over rugged cliffs 50 meters (160 feet) tall.

The area of spring that gives rise to it, was used to create a large pool that has now become natural spa of warm water regularly.

Hierve el agua  has been recognized as a likely site of the ancient Zapotec sacred, which was located here, perhaps due to its great natural contrasts, it is at the heart of a steep mountain range during the dry season is characterized by extreme aridity.

Boil Water (boiling water) is a state park located 80km/48mi (2 hours) southeast of Oaxaca City.There is a set of pools in the area fed by hot springs that flow at about 2 liters per second . Two waterfalls with a drop of calcium deposits in beautiful cliffs of the Sierra Madre Mountains at an altitude of 5800 ". Access is by unpaved mountain roads. From the city of Oaxaca, travel east on Highway 190 for 45 miles, continue 27 km on the road 179, then fork right and continue 6 miles.

The springs were used in a Zapotec irrigation system dating from around 1300 BC C. Water has a high calcium carbonate and magnesium content has led to heavy deposits in the photo on the right. The water bubbles of air escape, giving the appearance that it is boiling. In fact, a warm spring with a temperature in the range of 71-77 ° F. You can go swimming in the pools.

There are cabins in place to spend the night and a few small restaurants. Mezcal distillery nearby can be visited. Local handicrafts include items made from palm leaves.

A trail leads to the base of the property shown on the right and takes 40 minutes to an hour walk.

The site has experienced some openings and closures due to local disputes about the price of entry between the communities of San Bartolo, San Isidro Roagui, and San Lorenzo Albarradas. The fee is usually 20 pesos.

If traveling from the city of Oaxaca, some places of interest along the way include El Tule and small archaeological sites Dainzú, Lambityeco and Yagul. The route passes through a region producing mezcal.

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