Hierve el Agua, Pirámides y el Tule

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I had a list of things I must do in the state of Oaxaca, visit Hierve el Agual (water boils), Monte Albán (pyramids), Mitla and the most important thing was a tree called Tule it is one of the biggest trees in the world…

Hice una  lista de cosas que tenía que hacer en el estado de Oaxaca, visitar Hierve el Agual, Monte Albán (pirámides), Mitla y lo más importante el árbol llamado Tule es uno de los árboles más grandes de la mundo …


Hierve el Agua ( the water boils) is set of natural rock formations in  Oaxaca that look like waterfalls. The site  located about 70 km east of Oaxaca city, past Mitla,  in town of  San Lorenzo Albarradas,the site consists of two rock shelves or cliffs which rise between fifty and ninety meters from the valley below, from which extend nearly white rock formations which look like waterfalls.

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These formations are created by fresh water springs, whose water is over-saturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals. As the water scurries over the cliffs, the excess minerals are deposited, much in the same manner that stalactites are formed in caves.  One of the cliffs, called the “cascada chica” (small waterfall) , contains two large artificial pools for swimming as well as a number of small natural pools.  One of the artificial pools is very near the edge of the cliff. We had to take a truck to get there, it is beautiful an priceless to be at the top of those mountains and see something so different, something you do not get to see every day.

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Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site in the Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán  in the southern state of Oaxaca.

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Mitla is the second most important archeological site in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, and the most important of the Zapotecculture.

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El Árbol del Tule (The Tree of Tule) is a tree located in the church grounds in the town center of Santa María del Tule in Oaxaca, approximately 9 km east of the city of Oaxaca on the road to Mitla. It is a Montezuma cypress,it is so large that it was originally thought to be multiple trees, but DNA tests have proven that it is only one tree. For me it was a surreal experience, I still can not believe I was there so close to him, he is wide, green,  and beautiful, could not stop taking photos of him, yes he is a he.


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The tree is right next to a Temple, Templo de Santa MAría del Tule

santa maría del tule templo



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  1. james369 says:

    What gorgeous scenery! It looks quite dry like S. California but the colors are wonderfully rich and inviting.

    • Doris says:

      It is beautiful, the mountains are full of trees and greenery but the rock formations are not, the weather was very nice just like California. Thank James for passing hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Letizia says:

    Such beautiful photos- thank you for taking me on this journey.

  3. Nafees says:

    is that your recent pic?

    • Doris says:

      That is me very tired, after doing a lot of walking and sight seeing, will send you some pictures in Facebook keep forgetting Nafees sorry ;)

  4. arjun bagga says:

    It’s very inspiring. To stand tall at one place, grow bigger, gracious and that special one will come by someday, pay a visit!!

    • Doris says:

      HI Arjun, have to say you always have the right words, you left me speechless, no words. That visit, something that can not be missed ;)

  5. LaVagabonde says:

    Amazing photos, Doris. Oaxaca is the part of Mexico I’d most like to visit.

    • Doris says:

      Yes, since you travel the world, this is one place you would love, there is beach too in this state but we took a bus and went to Chiapas which is amazing to those photos are next ;), thank you Julie glad you like the photos, have a great weekend.

  6. Bumba says:

    Thanks for these photos.

  7. An extraordinary place indeed! …and what a tree!!!!! Wonderful post, Doris! :-)

  8. HansHB says:

    Great post, interesting photos!

    • Doris says:

      I had to climb mountains and buildings to get these photos, it so interesting how perspective changes just by going just by moving to a different place, thank you Hans.

  9. Thanks a lot for sharing these amazing pictures!!!

  10. newwhitebear says:

    Really beautiful images! Are you that beautiful red-haired lady?
    I was impressed by Mont Alban and trees of Tule. The trees look like sculptures.
    You showed us the true wonders.

  11. melanietoulouse says:

    Simply wonderful… gracias guapa y felix cinco de mayo! :-) Abrazos y besitos de Tolosa, Francia!
    Pura vida! :-)

  12. LizzieJoy says:

    What an amazing place. I just love your stunning photographs. They embody the essence of this wonderful place. I felt as though my spirit was floating above these beautiful scenes – absolutely surreal!! Bless you, dear Doris.

    • Doris says:

      It is a beautiful place I am glad this photos made you feel like that thank you Lizzie, have a great day sending you blessings and hugs Doris

  13. Ajaytao2010 says:

    absolutely brilliant pictures + a great write up

    Doris lovely very beautiful, Love you dear

  14. You are in such a magical place my friend!! Sigh….they look like postcards.

  15. eternalcadence says:

    such a wonderful clicks…spectacular!!! amazing place… :) love it

  16. Ajaytao2010 says:

    I Nominate you for a Bouquet of Awards – 7 Nominations

    Please Choose one of the awards
    please accept it and oblige


  17. Adeena says:

    Absolutely wonderful pic.
    Have a nice day Doris! :)

  18. oh doris, the post is lovely, the spring high on a perch that overlooks that vista.. the archaeological site, but that tree, oh that tree! it’s so lovely i almost cry! thanks so much for this post, and for the kemps ridley post that follows!

  19. frizztext says:

    you surprised me with “The Tree of Tule”
    – my favorite photo: the black and white version!

  20. semprevento says:


  21. reocochran says:

    Gorgeous photographs and wonderful choices of subject matter! I love the waterless waterfalls…

  22. Amazing places…..!! Wish to visit someday….!!

  23. Subhan Zein says:

    Those are gorgeous pictures, a great place. Thank you for introducing the place to us, Doris. Blessings and love to you ♥

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