The city of Oaxaca checks all the boxes when it comes to a dream Mexico vacation: cuisine, culture, history, and design. But just outside of the city of Oaxaca is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the entire country: Hierve el Agua, a petrified rock formation that gives the illusion of a cliffside gushing waterfall, perfectly frozen in time.
At the top of the cliff, you’ll find a series of natural mineral pools that overlook the green-carpeted mountains that undulate in every direction as far as the eye can see.
Hierve el Agua is the result of the calcification of natural springs that have been pushed to the edge of a cliff. The result is a mesmerizing optical illusion that appears as if a waterfall is paused while tumbling down the towering cliff.
The best way to visit this site is to rent a car or hire a driver to take you. Tour buses are another option. Tip: Go as early as possible to experience it all to yourself. Small shops and vendors are open near the entrance, in case you’re craving a refreshing snack of fresh fruit dusted with tajin, a popsicle, or even an ice-cold beer.
But what you’re coming for here are the spectacular views, and perhaps an enviable Instagram snap or two.