Today I went on a trip to Hierve el Agua and El Tule Tree. Hierve el Agua is a collection of natural springs near Oaxaca that continually bubble like a hot tub. Although the water is cold Hierve el Agua is called “the boiling water” because the pools boil like giant hot tubs. So cool… The springs are near the summit of a mountain about 50km away from the city of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Before jumping into the pools we hiked around the mountain. It was a beautiful and breathtaking adventure. The mountain is filled with all different kinds of plant life, animal life, and rock forms. Throughout the hike I was like a kid in a candy store and our director Layla could barely get me to keep up with the group. I couldn’t stop admiring the nature; there were different colored crystals, a green centipede, and cactus that had flowers. During our hike we also saw a “petrified” waterfall which you can see in the picture album at the bottom of this post. When the water from the spring runs over the side of the mountain it leaves behind a little sediment. It has been doing this for 2,500 years now (incredible) and has created a giant petrified waterfall on the side of the mountain.
Once we finished our hike, and once I quickly downed three delicious tacos at a taco stand, we finally jumped into the refreshing mountain springs. Imagine swimming in a beautiful pool and looking out over an entire mountain range, because that is what I did. I felt like I was on top of the world.
To finish the day we stopped off for lunch in the town of Tule. Tule has the world’s largest tree and it is called El Tule Tree (I know you would never guess). The tree was simply enormous and the cherry on top of an amazing day.
Hierve el Agua and El Tule Tree are indescribable works of nature that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Davis M Craig