❖ Hike and Swim in Hierve El Agua
This stunning spot on the top of a mountain has natural pools, petrified waterfalls, and views of the valley below.
The series of stone waterfalls is characterized by their white color and for stretching more than 656 feet high. They were formed over millions of years by flows of water with a high mineral content that came from springs at the top of the ravine.
These springs are a wonder in and of themselves: they form pools of warm, turquoise-colored water used as natural swimming holes. If you are filled with energy, hike down to admire the enormous falls from another angle. It is about a mile hike, but the view and pictures you will get are worth it.
Its warm, 72-degree water makes this a perfect outing for kids. However, they must always be closely supervised because the spot doesn’t have lifesaving equipment or safety railings to prevent falls. Don’t get too close to the edge!
❖ Visit Artisan Workshops and Take Home Hand-Loomed Clothing
For centuries, textile production in Mitla was based on backstrap looms, a tradition handed down from ancient Mesoamerican cultures.
In 1940, floor looms were introduced, and production expanded. Since then, Mitla has become one of the most important textile producing centers in the Valles Centrales de Oaxaca (Center Valleys).
Get to know the artisans who imbue textiles with Zapotec culture using age-old techniques. Visit Bia Beguug, Arte Duxiil, Bianiij Arte y Diseño Textil, Taller Don Armando, “Dad Rood” Taller Textil, Taller Artelar, Taller Rusenini, and Cocijo Artesanía Textil workshops.
❖ Enjoy Casa Espadín Mescal
Learn about the process of making artisanal mescal straight from master mescaleros. Step up to the bar and try the variety of mescals made from wild agaves and blends. This is the best place to enjoy regionally made mescal and embark on the Ruta del Mezcal (Mescal Route).