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Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca

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Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca

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Visit Hierve el Agua, a mezcal producer, and the Zapotec town of Teotitlán del Valle on a full-day tour from Oaxaca. Head to Teotitlán del Valle to learn about Zapotec weaving traditions and explore the town. Next, enjoy plenty of time to walk down to the swimming area at Hierve el Agua and take a leisurely dip in the warm spring waters. Finally, visit a mezcal producer and sample several varieties of mezcal. Your tour includes guide, mezcal tasting, entrance fees, and round-trip transport from Oaxaca.
  • Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle full-day tour with mezcal tasting, from Oaxaca
  • Go swimming in the warm waters of the Hierve el Agua springs
  • Learn about Zapotec weaving at Teotitlán del Valle
  • Taste different types of mezcal from a local producer
  • Includes guide, entrance fees, and pickup and drop-off from central Oaxaca
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Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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8:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

We have pick up in most of the hotels, if you stay in any apartment or address, we indicate the address to schedule the pick up.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Note: This tour doesn't visit Mitla or Arbol de Tule
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Enjoy Oaxaca
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "The hike back up from the falls is pretty rugged, so you won't be doing it unless you've got great knees to navigate many tall uneven steps." See review


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Worth Seeing
, May 2022
Hierve el Agua was an amazing tour. The views were spectacular!!! It would of been nice if they had guides to explain how this was formed. You can swim in the 2 lagoons. It is a bit of a hike but worth it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bertha Birthday
, Apr 2022
The beauty of the place the only suggestion is to provide a bus with more space between each row and a guide who provide more information about the place .
Three tours in one.
, Apr 2022
The beauty of Hierve de Agua, the informative information at Mescal El Ray de Matatlan and textile weaving demonstration.
1 traveler found this review helpful
MAgnificent Ancient Art Today
, Apr 2022
The driver was excellent up and down the mountain. However, this is not a tour. It is transportation to some very interesting places. The Zapotecos weavers who create real art was the highlight for us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing day trip - highly recommend it!
, Mar 2022
The amazing views from the waterfall. Really enjoyed the visit to the family run weave shop too. A thoroughly enjoyable day all round!
Underwhelming, to say the least
, Mar 2022
8:30am: hotel pick up, the most our driver spoke to us the entire trip. Expect to spend close to 9 hours of day in a bus crammed with other tourists. 9:30am: First stop at an artisan textile workshop in teotitlan. The family is lovely and the demonstration of how they make and dye their wool is cool (but was mostly in Spanish) but then you are shown to a sales floor filled with overpriced textiles. The tour description says you will have the opportunity to walk through the town, this is not true. You are kept in the show room floor to look at expensive rugs for what feels like forever. Then you are herded back into the bus to drive two hours on bumpy dirt mountain roads with lots of switch backs so if you suffer from any motion sickness, reconsider this tour. 12:00pm: Hierve el agua has some nice views but there was only two pools open to swim in, the rest were marked off with caution tape. There is no explanation of anything about the site, our driver simply opened our bus door told us when to return to the bus and walked away. You have two hours to spend there, then head back down those bumpy roads to lunch at a buffet style restaurant. 3pm: lunch. Driver again says almost nothing as you get off the bus; we had to ask one of the waiters for any clue on cost and time at this restaurant. you have 1 hour to eat @ $165 pesos per person (drinks not included) then another 30 minutes drive to final stop. 4:30pm: tour of mezcalaria. Seemed like it was good for those who spoke Spanish, but as we do not, we missed a lot of what was shared. This, despite asking for English tour and guides several times. Again, driver of no use as he just opens the bus door to offload and reload us like sheep. Spent about and hour at the mezcalaria then finally headed back to Oaxaca. 6:00pm: drop off at our hotel. Underwhelming to say the least. A day of our lives we will unfortunately never get back.
Loved the weaving tour...
, Mar 2022
Loved the weaving tour and Hiervo was outrageous.. go all the way to the bottom and around to the base of the main waterfalls for an amazing view!! WOW!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Remember to eat your own breakfast…
, Mar 2022
The tour is pretty minimal and not very well planned out. There’s no breakfast, so make sure you eat something before you go - lunch won’t be until 3pm!!! The first stop is a weavers home which was probably the highlight - they’re lovely, warm folks, but their prices are pretty high (if you visit the valley yourself, you can head to the market where prices are 50% lower). Waterfall was great, unique experience. Food stop was pretty good, but like i mentioned, we were also starving. Last stop is mescal “tour” where the guide was impossible to understand. Wouldn’t recommend.
Hierve el agua first timers
, Jan 2022
The transportation van was for 8 passsengers, just the right size. Our driver was good driver and courteous. The walking guide was a volunteer at the site, only spoke Spanish. If you go with a group and don't know Spanish, maybe someone in the group would be bilingual and translate for you, as a lady in our group. We went in the pools at the base, walked up and had coconut water before we left. I highly recommended it for the mountains scenary and the site view. Remember to bring sunblock and a bottle of water for the hike which is only over 1 mile but steep at a few certain places. Caveat: I thought lunch was included but we had to pay for our lunch. No big deal but Viator should make this clear in the trip description.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hello Hien_N! Thank you for your comments, we are happy that you enjoyed the tour. We do our best to keep the description specific, as food is not included. The local guides on the site only speak Spanish, they do not have a fee, they only accept a tip but doing the trek with them is optional. We hope you continue to enjoy Oaxaca and its surroundings.
This tour, I believe...
, Dec 2021
This tour, I believe captures the tip of Oaxaca! Our guide was great and we really enjoyed our full day! Lots of great memories made on this tour!
Great experience
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide was amazing. Curated the experience perfectly. The views at Hierve el Agua are unmatched - but we also really enjoyed visiting the textile exhibition and drinking mezcal. Would recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Busy but not rushed day
, Mar 2020
We were picked up right on time from our AirBnB by Nacho. There were 6 of us, but the other 2 couples only spoke Spanish and Nacho did an excellent job of juggling the 2 languages all day. The day was full, but never felt rushed. The hike back up from the falls is pretty rugged, so you won't be doing it unless you've got great knees to navigate many tall uneven steps. It was very dry while we were there and alternated between chilly and windy and hot depending on the elevation. We did not like being told to tip the guide at the falls who only spoke Spanish, but he stood and waited until we did. We were with Nacho the whole time and probably saw the guide for 30 seconds. The textile demonstration was interesting but it's always uncomfortable to be at an artisan's place and not have an intention to buy, especially in a small group. The buffet was not cheap (extra charge) but was enjoyable and had many options. We enjoyed the mezcal talk and tasting. There were some very personable young people in charge who spoke very good English. We were able to taste any and everything, which of course resulted in a bit of buying. The distillery is pretty touristy - it would have been nice to visit one of the tiny places we passed along the way. Being dropped back off at the doorstep of our AirBnB after the long day was priceless. Nacho was a very patient, knowlegable driver/guide. His English is very good.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A perfect day to swim and take in the culture
, Mar 2020
An amazing day! Our tour guide Ignacio was super informative and led a great tour. We started with Hierve el Agua, which has got to be one of the most magical places. The swimming there was so incredible, I loved it. We also stopped at a great buffet, old Zapotec weaving village, and mezcal tasting. Highly recommend this tour
1 traveler found this review helpful
A great day out
, Feb 2020
Knowledgeable guide, plenty of time at each stop, comfortable car and reliable pick-up and drop off. Highly recommended.
Hierve del Agua
, Feb 2020
Our guide was a wonderful young man. We loved the weaving place and Hierve del Agua was spectacular. The lunch spot was good and it was interesting to see how Mezcal was made, but not our drink of choice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
What a great time!
, Nov 2019
Our guide was nice and very humorous. He was very attentive and made sure we knew what was going on at all times. The guides were kind and patient with us making our way back from the bottom of the rock formations at Hierve el Agua. Loved the kind and very intelligent lady showing us step by step her weaving process in the beautiful valley of Teotitlan. The mezcal tasting was great. Thanks for a good time.
Great views and service!
Marlene L
, Oct 2019
The tour guide was great, leading us on the hike. Buffet spot was really tasty, the mezcal tasting was great. Recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nice day out, seemed in the wrong order
, Aug 2019
I am not sure why but we could just not find any tours which went to only Hierve el Agua, they all seemed to stop off at points we weren't really interested in. We chose this tour as it had the least amount of other stops and a full 2 hours at Hierve el Agua, which was good. However, it seemed an odd order to do things in, given that the weather in the morning is better in Oaxaca and the pools get busier as the day goes on, I don't know why we didn't go there first. Instead we spent 1.5 hours learning how hand woven rugs were made, this was interesting, but not 1.5 hours interesting. Our guide perhaps should have also been a bit better at rushing others in the group along, we ended up being 3 hours late back to the hotel! The English guide at the Mezcal place was great, but on the rest of the tour, no English is spoken, so it shouldn't really be an option to select an English tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hello cmcra Thank you very much for taking the time to share your opinion, this helps us improve every day, I am very sorry that the tour has not met your expectations. We have received comments about the time they spend in Hierve el Agua, which is why since August 25, we already have another half-day tour in Hierve el Agua, and with this tour that gives you two hours, there are already two options to spend more time in this wonderful place; I want to mention that we are the only agency in Oaxaca that offers this two-person service. There are always different behaviors in a shared tour, and I will send the comments to the guides, to find a way to regulate the time in the house where the colored carpets are made, so that they rush the tourists without feeling pressured. I will speak with the guides so that they are more flexible and according to the weather conditions and local situations, they can change the order of the places to visit. Our drivers who go on this tour speak English, but I will make sure they speak a little more English on the tour. Thank you for mentioning the benefits of the tour such as: fewer stops, more time in the Hierve el Agua and the visit to mezcal in English. We hope in the future to have the opportunity to have your preference again, to know other sites in Oaxaca and its surroundings. We will continue working to make each tour memorable. All the best, Edgar Santiago General Manager
The most beautiful site ever!!!
, Jun 2019
Nicho came to the hotel lobby on time. The car was spacious and very clean. Nicho explain in spanish and english and bring us to Hierve el agua first: this place is so beautiful!! Nicho came with us a part of the time and let us swim about an hour - it was emough - we stayed there about 2.5-3h, but honestly, we could stay more...
1 traveler found this review helpful
Van never showed up
, Mar 2019
We were told that the van to take us to Hierve el Aqua would pick us up by 9 at our Air BnB. When the bus never showed up we called the number associated with the company, but after a half hour of confusion on the phone with the operator it became clear that she was unable to help us. We will be seeking a refund.

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