Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico


Just a couple hours away from the city, scenic hills roll and deepen. Cracks in the dry desert ground become more pronounced while the expanding beige landscape pops against a bright blue sky. A ruckus ride in the back of a beat-up truck has the tires clinging to the gravel and its passengers clinging to the rails of the vehicle’s canopy. The climb is quick up the steady, winding mountain, through a tiny village and lands at the top of our destination, Hierve de agua.

Food stalls line the entrance way of the popular site and lead to a short path that ends at two larger man-made pools amongst several smaller natural ones. From the pools is a stunning view of what looks like a bursting waterfall but frozen in place. This is the Hierve de agua, which translates to “boiling water.” The formation is created by fresh water springs, whose water is over-saturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals, much like the formation of stalactites in caves.

It’s a beautiful site to behold. I found myself calmed by the motionless position of the falls; a reminder that sometimes it’s best to be still, to accept that stillness, to embrace the peace that comes with that feeling of floating suspension and to just be light and in the moment.