Today I’m hosting an amazing picture of Hierve el Agua “Waterfalls” taken by Nate Hake from the Travel Leming Blog.
Nate is a travel blogger who has travelled to over 66 countries around the world and recently completed a six-month stint in Mexico.
Photo Story: Hierve el Agua and RTW trip
It was the penultimate day of my year-long trip around the world. I had just finished travelling to 43 countries across six continents in a single year.
It had been, without a doubt, the most exciting, eye-opening, and life-changing year of my life. And it was all about to end in a few hours.
My final destination of the trip had also been my first: Mexico. I thought there was poetic symmetry in starting and ending an around-the-world journey in the same place, especially one as near to my heart as this vibrant and wonderful country.
The cherry on top was that the same buddy who joined me for the initial leg through Mexico was also with me again for this final stop.
There really aren’t words to describe the strange elixir of emotions that sweep over you at the end of a journey so epic. It’s a confusing mix of nostalgia, triumph, bittersweet happiness, and nervousness about the future.
But I wasn’t done yet! I still had one more place to check off my list: the magical rock formations at Hierve el Agua.
Tucked away in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, you’ll find a find this magical “frozen waterfall” seemingly suspended in time. Except it’s not actually frozen. And it’s not really a waterfall either.
Rather, the perplexing mineral formations at Hierve el Agua were formed by deposits left by water rich in calcium carbonate over thousands of years.
Getting to Hierve el Agua was itself a bit of an adventure, and involved a long drive through Oaxaca’s countryside with my friend and our friendly taxi driver.
Once there, we were rewarded with a relatively tourist-free time at the site. You see, in addition to the frozen waterfall, the site hosts semi-natural petrified spring infinity pools that have recently become a haven for Instagrammers (if you pose on the petrified minerals just right, it sort of looks like you are walking on water).
Thankfully though, we only had to contend with a handful of families sharing the experience with us. After a quick dip in the pools and a snap of this shot, we hopped back in the cab for the final drive back to Oaxaca.
And that’s when it hit me: It was finally over. It was finally time to go home.
Hierve el Agua (Spanish for “the water boils”) is a set of natural rock formations in the Mexican state of Oaxaca that resemble cascades of water.
The site consists of two rock shelves or cliffs which rise between fifty and ninety metres from the valley below, from which extend nearly white rock formations which look like waterfalls.
These formations are created by fresh water springs, whose water is over-saturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals.
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