Headed east out of town this morning to visit Hierve El Agua (The Water Boils). Stopped on the way to see El Arbol del Tule. This tree is at best guess around 1500 years old and a diameter of 31′ to 42′ depending on how it measured. Either way, it’s a big tree.
We turned off at Mitla and started up the 8 mile dirt road to Hierve El Agua. The ride in was fantastic with awesome views. We went from 5500′ up to 7600′ and back down to less than 6000′ feet. It was a blast! The Water Boils was also pretty impressive but not quite boiling, in fact, it was pretty dang chilly. There are 2 larger pools for swimming and several smaller ones. Pretty awesome views too.
From Wikipedia, ” The rock formations are often described as “cascadas de sal” (salt waterfalls), “cascadas petrificadas” (petrified waterfalls) and “cascadas pétreas” (rock waterfalls) . The falls are formed by relatively small amounts of water which is oversaturated with calcium carbonate and comes to the surface through cracks or figures on the mountainside. The water has a temperature of 22 to 27C. As the water runs down the rock face, it forms large stalactites similar to those found in caves. The flow of water from the spring varies significantly between the dry and rainy seasons.”
We spent a couple hours there and then we got to ride back out again. Woohoo! It was even more fun on the way out.