You DEFINITELY don't want to go over this in a barrel: The incredible rock formation that looks like a cascading waterfall 

  • At a glance, Hierve el Agua - which is situated an hour away from Oaxaca - appears to be a large flowing waterfall
  • The Mexican natural wonder is actually a rock formation created by a build up of minerals on the side of a mountain 
  • The isolated attraction boasts spectacular valley views and a number of hot spring pools for tourists to take a dip in

At first glance travellers would be forgiven for thinking that they were approaching a cascading waterfall, an hour outside of Oaxaca in Mexico.

But the only thing wet about the breathtaking Hierve el Agua is its name, which translates as 'the water boils'. 

The mesmerising natural scene, which resembles rushing water, is actually a rock formation created by thousands of years worth of minerals from the spring's fresh water building up on the side of the mountain.

But visitors hoping to go for a swim won't be disappointed as the surreal landscape also features a collection of turquoise-coloured cliff-top bathing pools - some natural, some artificial scattered near to the formation. These pools are filled by fresh spring water and offer tourists and locals alike a chance to enjoy a warm dip. 

The only way to reach the isolated natural wonder, which at a glance looks like a waterfall frozen in time, is by venturing up a narrow road. But once at the top tourists are greeted by panoramic views of San Lorenzo Albarradas and the surrounding valleys.   

These images showcase the stunning natural formation that graces the magnificent mountain 400 miles away from Mexico City.

At first glance the Hierve el Agua appears to be a cascading waterfall, but it is actually a rock formation created by thousands of years worth of spring water minerals building up on the side of the mountain

At first glance the Hierve el Agua appears to be a cascading waterfall, but it is actually a rock formation created by thousands of years worth of spring water minerals building up on the side of the mountain

The mesmerising natural scene in Mexico is framed by a collection of turquoise-coloured cliff-top bathing pools

The mesmerising natural scene in Mexico is framed by a collection of turquoise-coloured cliff-top bathing pools

Mountain spa: Tourists go for a paddle in one of the many pools which are filled with bubbling, warm spring water 

Mountain spa: Tourists go for a paddle in one of the many pools which are filled with bubbling, warm spring water 

Travellers can take organised tours to Hierve El Agua. Guides drive holidaymakers up the mountain and drop them off on a small path, which leads to the pools

Travellers can take organised tours to Hierve El Agua. Guides drive holidaymakers up the mountain and drop them off on a small path, which leads to the pools

Cool respite: Both tourists and locals alike enjoy the panoramic views that they're treated to once they reach the top of the mountain

Cool respite: Both tourists and locals alike enjoy the panoramic views that they're treated to once they reach the top of the mountain

The best things in life are free: Holidaymakers bathe in the natural infinity pool while taking in the breathtaking mountain views

The best things in life are free: Holidaymakers bathe in the natural infinity pool while taking in the breathtaking mountain views

The collection of turquoise-coloured cliff-top bathing pools overlook acres of greenery which make up San Lorenzo Albarradas and the valleys below

The collection of turquoise-coloured cliff-top bathing pools overlook acres of greenery which make up San Lorenzo Albarradas and the valleys below

The stunning natural formation graces the side of a magnificent mountain situated 400 miles away from Mexico City

The stunning natural formation graces the side of a magnificent mountain situated 400 miles away from Mexico City

Water spills over the edge of one of the artificial infinity pools. Two of the pools at the top of the mountain are man-made

Water spills over the edge of one of the artificial infinity pools. Two of the pools at the top of the mountain are man-made

Surreal beauty: A panoramic shot shows the photogenic approach to one of the pools in the distance

Surreal beauty: A panoramic shot shows the photogenic approach to one of the pools in the distance

 

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