Within the region of the Central Valley, 68 km (42mi) from the state capital, we find San Lorenzo Albarradas, a village that was founded by Spaniards in 1518, and now is part of the district of Tlacolula.
This is the land which holds the mystique of the Cascadas de Hierve el Agua (Boiling Waterfalls). These waterfalls are two large petrified falls formed by calcium carbonate that reach approximately 50 meters in height. At the base of the falls are two small carbon springs, and it is these two springs which give the illusion that the water is boiling, thus creating the name of this landmark. However, the temperature of the springs never exceed 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit), a temperature that is far from the boiling point.
These waterfalls are also a combination of small temperate plains with little hills that reach to the mountains. Within the ecosystem of this region that consists of majestic landscapes, there are wildflowers, trees, exotic plants, birds, wild animals and insects of many species.
At this same site there is a swimming area formed by the water that streams through the area, and close by is a local eco-tourist company "Turis Yu’u", that offers bathrooms, showers and tours.
To get there, take Federal Highway 190 which leads to Isthmus. Turn left approximately at km 39, pass the site of Mitla, and continue moving along the road that leads to Ayutla Mixes until you come to the the turn-off on the right that goes to San Lorenzo Albarradas. The Cascadas de Hierve el Agua are located on the Roeguía Ranch, which is 5 km (3mi) from San Lorenzo Albarradas.