Not just beaches and pyramids: Mexico is full of extraordinary places. Which, immersed in nature, enchant the eye and conquer the heart. Among these is Hierve el Agua, an extraordinary natural formation that resembles a waterfall. But petrified, as if – its waters – had been the victim of a spell.
In reality, Hierve el Agua (which in Mexican means “water that boils”) is not a frozen waterfall (also because here, the temperatures are anything but polar): it is a rock made lighter, almost white, from the springs freshwater found on the top of the mountain. And that they are very rich in calcium and other minerals. Seeing it from afar, however, it really looks like a very rich jet of water. And even reaching it, the effect is spectacular. Strangling, it seems. Because the waters of the springs, in this extraordinary place, are deposited in rocky pools from which they overflow drop by drop, creating formations similar to flat stalactites on the mountainside.
But how is it reached, Hierve el Agua?
Starting from the city of Oaxaca, we proceed towards Santa María del Tule, Teotitlán and finally Mitla. After about seventy kilometers you will arrive at your destination: however, it is a good idea to rely on a local and super-qualified driver, because the road requires a car in perfect condition, especially if you are in the rainy season. In any case, it’s worth it. With the green of the mountain as a backdrop, the wind blowing fast, and those two huge stone waterfalls that arouse amazement. On their top, two small lakes host water at 24°. It is from here that small streams flow to the edge of the mountain, and then down, leaving behind their sediments. Between one waterfall and another, there are paths that can be traveled on foot, totally surrounded by nature, which reach other magical places, offering one of the most spectacular views in the country. It is even possible to stay overnight in Hierve el Agua: there are in fact simple bungalows and cheap restaurants with typical cuisine.
In fact, Oaxaca – to see – offers a lot. A little more than a kilometer from Santa Cruz Huatulco, there is a beach – Playa Chahué – certified by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification for its conditions of preservation of the environment, for its safety, for the ability to offer fun and relaxation in respect of biodiversity. Then there is Santo Domingo, with its church and former convent; the first is the most spectacular Baroque-style building in the entire area, while the former convent is now a splendid cultural center complete with a botanical garden.