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Boiling Water Oaxaca

The petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua Oaxaca are a tourist attraction that has become one of the must-see attractions in Oaxaca.

These waterfalls offer a wonderful and unique landscape and their peculiarity is that they are more than 200 meters high, were formed thousands of years ago, offer unique colors in their pools and the water springs from the mountain itself.

Visiting Hierve el Agua is an unforgettable experience and, for this reason, I will share with you our guide to visit it and everything you need to know.

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Hierve el Agua Oaxaca Cost

Let’s talk about how much it really costs to visit Hierve el Agua.

Access costs to Hierve el Agua

Especially if you go on your own, you should consider the following costs:

  • Ejido before arriving: You must pay an ejido fee of 10 pesos per person before arriving at the waterfalls.
  • Entrance fee: 45 pesos per person

Costs at Hierve el Agua

These are the prices of the services you will find in Hierve el Agua

  • Bathrooms: 3-5 pesos
  • Watering cans: 15 pesos
  • Food: Consider about 120 pesos per person
  • Overnight camping: 50 pesos (per person)
  • Cabin for overnight stay: 200 pesos (per person)

Other costs you should consider

  • Transportation to get there or gasoline (If you go on your own)
  • Food and beverages during your visit. Consider about 120 pesos per person if you are going to eat at the local restaurants. You can also enter food and beverages if you want to save a little.

How much does it really cost to visit Hierve el Agua?

Access45+ $20 (from ejido)
Transportation (gasoline)$400
Watering cans$15
Total$650 pesos approx.
Prices are approximate and are intended to give an idea of the travel budget, they may vary or change over time.

To get to know Hierve el Agua Oaxaca we suggest using the tour Hierve el Agua + Teotitlán del Valle.

This tour has an excellent price and allows you to visit Hierve el Agua and Teotitlán in only 1 day.

Hierve el Agua Oaxaca Schedules

You can visit the petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua Oaxaca any day of the year.

From Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm

It is important to share with you that Hierve el agua Oaxaca has a camping area, if you decide to stay overnight you will have the opportunity to be in the waterfalls during hours when it is closed to the general public.

In this case, the hours to enjoy the boiling water would be from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (the rest of the time does not count because, due to the darkness of the night, you could not be in the waterfalls).

Remember that visiting this place can be complicated, so it is advisable to follow our recommendations.

Boil the Water Tour Is it worth it?

Of all the attractions I have talked about in Oaxaca, I have always made it clear that tours are a matter of each traveler’s style and personality.

In this particular case I dare say that, for most travelers, the tour Hierve el Agua + Teotitlán is more convenient because of the complexity of the transfer.

For example: for families, tourist couples, luxury travelers, any group with minors or anyone without a car, using this tour is a great idea.

This does not mean that you cannot get there on your own. Of course you can! But unlike other places, in this one, there are more possibilities of getting lost or having problems with the transfer.

Suggested tours to Hierve el Agua Oaxaca

How to get to Hierve el Agua from Oaxaca

Boil Water

If you decide to go on a tour, you don’t have to worry about it. This will be in charge of transportation. On the other hand, if you decide to do it on your own, here’s what you need to know:

How to get to Hierve el Agua by car

This tourist place in Oaxaca is about 70 km from the city of Oaxaca, the best way to get there by car is to put “Hierve el Agua Oaxaca” in the gps of your cell phone.

Anyway, I share with you the following:

  • Take Federal Highway 190 towards the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
  • You will take the detour to Mitla
  • You will arrive at a cashier’s desk
  • About 5 – 7 kilometers after the toll booth you will find the turnoff to San Lorenzo Albarradas. Take it.
  • The following becomes a dirt road with Boil the Water signs for approximately 5 km until you reach the petrified waterfalls of Oaxaca.

How long does it take to drive from Oaxaca to Hierve el Agua? Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes

How to get to Hierve el Agua Oaxaca by public transport

  1. You must go to the Oaxaca bus station located next to the central de abastos (on the street of Valerio Trujano and Periférico).
  2. In the center of town you should ask for the collective cabs that go to Mitla and ask the driver if he would be willing to take you to Hierve el Agua, although I must warn you that they are not always willing.
  3. If the answer is no, you will have to get off in Mitla and look for transportation to Hierve el Agua.

In summary, the route consists of one transfer and two public transportation:

  • Oaxaca City – Mitla
  • Mitla – Boiling Water

We do not recommend this way of getting there because you will lose a lot of time in the transfer.

Remember: If you don’t have your own car to get there, the most convenient tour is this one: Tour to Hierve el Agua + Teotitlán del Valle

Where the Water Boils

Hotels and where to stay

If you are wondering where to stay to visit the famous petrified waterfalls of Oaxaca, let me tell you that you have 3 options:

  1. Staying in Cabañas: That’s right! Hierve el Agua has cabins, costing $200 pesos per person. And there is no way to reserve, the only way is to arrive and request a cabin right there.
  2. Camping: It costs 50 pesos per person and the camping area has restrooms and lighting.
  3. Staying in Oaxaca City: This is the option most people do and I have already shown you how to get there from the city above. We recommend you to look for your accommodation here.

When to visit Hierve el Agua

Boiling Water Oaxaca by Viajero M

The best dates to visit Hierve el Agua are:

  • July to November: during or after the rainy season and before winter. Although some rainy months are high season, the weather during these months offers a special landscape (it is when it is most beautiful).
  • Low Season: Due to its high popularity there are always people, but during the week there are fewer.

The most complicated dates:

  • Festivities: If you go during an important celebration, the cost will be higher and it will be crowded. I guarantee
  • Dry months: May, for example, is a very dry month and this results in less water in the pools and less striking colors. Although it is still worth it, the reality is that the months after rain are better.
  • High Season: Easter and summer vacations are dates when everyone wants to visit this place. If you can’t avoid going on these dates then go as early as possible so that you get the least crowded.

Tips to visit Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca

Boiling Water Oaxaca Traveler M

Below I will give you some tips that will be of great help when visiting the waterfalls of Boil Water:

  • Visit them in low season or in rainy seasons, to better enjoy the scenery.
  • 😉Super Tip: Going by car allows you to enjoy the destination as you wish without time limits; however, if you do not have a car, it is better to use the tour rather than public transportation because the time and complexity of using public transportation can ruin your visit.
  • Sunscreen damages the ecosystem, you should apply it after swimming, not before.
  • Bring a bathing suit and tennis shoes for hiking.
  • Bring change to be able to use the restrooms
  • Arrive early if you want to take good pictures, the earlier the less people.
  • A backpack and a change of clothes are a good idea.
  • Take the Hierve el Agua + Teotitlán del Valle Excursion if you do not have a car to get there.

Hotels near Hierve el Agua

We suggest that you look for a hotel in downtown Oaxaca and from there visit Hierve el Agua.

To make your search easier, we have the following suggestions:

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