A nice start to the day at Lower Mazinaw Lake, Ontario, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The petrified waterfalls at Hierve el Agua

Our driver Omar arrived with our 20 passenger van right on schedule at 9:00am. This time, we had 15 people heading out. There is another couple here at the campground in their VW campervan, and we invited them to join us for the day of touring. Plus, more people in the van makes the cost per person cheaper!

First stop was the huge Sunday market at Tlacolula.

This weekly market is where a lot of indigenous people come down from the mountains around Oaxaca to sell their goods. There are lots of interesting things to see!

Many locals don't like having their photo taken, especially without asking. I always ask, unless the person is really far away. You have to be pretty discreet sometimes.

Tossing pineapples, two at a time!

Ruth, helping Garth buy some dried smoked fish.

Tons of fresh fruits!

We bought 1/2 kilo of delicious strawberries from this lady.

Do you want to grind your own corn?
You need one of these!

The food stalls were packed with people!


Lots of fun exploring the markets. But, it was already 11:30am by the time we left, and we still had to stop for lunch and then the petrified waterfalls.

I had done some research and found a little comedor in the village of San Isidro de Roaguia. Not really a restaurant as such, but still a place to buy food and sit down to eat it! The only problem might have been overwhelming the place with 15 people showing up all at once.

When we arrived, Omar yelled out the window to the lady to ask if it was okay for 15 people. Yes, it was fine, and we all piled out of the van...

She only make three items, but she makes them well!

We put our orders in and Emilia and her husband went to work.

Chorizo sausage for the tlayudas.

Putting the fixings on our tlayuda.

Some of the crew waiting for their lunch.

Quesadillas on the left, memelitas in the middle, and a tlayuda on the right.

A delicious tlayuda.

Ruth and I shared a delicious tlayuda for lunch today. It's a specialty in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. Something like a 12" pizza, but not really. Enough for two people for lunch. Cost was 50 pesos ($2.75 USD, $3.50 CAD).

Delicious, inexpensive food! Exactly what we were looking for, and we definitely recommend any visitors to Hierve el Agua stop in here for lunch!

Then, it was off to the petrified waterfalls.

The scenery is gorgeous, and Ruth and I have been here twice before. So we know of a good hiking trail that goes down below the formations. Last year, we did it on our own, but this year we have Bob and Denise to join us.

Hierve el Agua.

Ruth, Bob, and Denise.

Can you see Bob standing at the bottom?

Denise and Bob.

Kevin and Ruth.

Beautiful views!

On the trail.

We have always said we wanted to bring Sherman up here and stay for a few days.
Lots of hiking in the area!

A black vulture taking a rest from flying.

There was a cool breeze yesterday and there were not many people swimming.

It was about an hour drive back to the campground and we arrived there just after 4 pm. So, with a tip included it was 200 pesos ($10.50 USD, $14 CAD) per person for the transportation. Good deal.

Full moon last night.

We had intentions of staying up until 11:00pm for the full lunar eclipse, but we didn't make it past 10:00pm. We were done!

Here it is at 9:40pm.

Today and tomorrow are free days for the group but there is still lots to see and do in the area if they choose. Today, we're going to take some of them on a short excursion to see the Tule tree... the largest tree in the world based on circumference of the trunk.

Craftsmen 12A Electric Leaf Blower is less than half price!

And in Canada...


  1. That’s a fantastic view of the Blood moon.
    The food looks really yummy!
    Do and Ruth have a favorite hike? You seem to enjoy all
    the hikes. Love reading and viewing along with the crew. Thanks

    1. I just wish we had stayed up to see the actual full lunar eclipse and to have got a picture of it then but we were both beat.

      No we don't have a favourite hike, we just love to hike and try to hike every chance that we can. We are lucky on this trip that Bob and Denise are also very much like us in that aspect. :-)

  2. You know such interesting places that I would never have guessed about.

    1. Mexico is full of interesting places to visit and many of them are off the beaten path, just like Hierve el Agua. :-)

  3. Great tip for tourists on asking before taking a picture. We attempted to take moon pics last night with the Canon following instrtuctions from the internet. Not bad, but the Nikon has the Canon beat. I'm still working on it though.

    1. We think of it a common courtesy in any country, you can never be certain what their local customs are regarding having their photo taken.

      Taking a picture of the moon is never easy, this is the first camera that Kevin has ever had that has taken such a good picture of it.

  4. The food looks amazing -- black beans, chorizo, tomato, Oaxaca cheese, and avocado on a huge tortilla, no? YUM! I'm thinking that's a black vulture, though. Normally turkey vultures have red heads. Hike looks fantastic, along with the falls. If we were on your caravan, we'd be joining you two and Denise and Bob!

    1. Yep, you have the ingredients done pat for the tlayuda, and it was delicious!

      You are correct, it is a black vulture.

      We know you would be there right along with us on that hike and probably any other hike we were to take. :-)

  5. Fantastic photo of the full moon and the petrified waterfalls! What a view!!!

    1. Thank you Lynnette! We just wish we could has stayed up long enough to have gotten a good picture of the lunar eclipse. :-(

  6. Thank you so much for your detailed entries. We are on our first trip down here, heading towards Oaxaca in the next few days and appreciate the tips and ideas for things to see, do, eat, and stay at! Happy trails and perhaps we'll run into you along the way. :)

    1. You are very welcome, I hope that you are able to use some of the information that we have given in our posts to help you with your travels down here. If you have any questions don't hesitate to send us an email, we would be more than happy to try and answer any questions that we can. Have a great trip and enjoy your time here in Mexico. :-)

  7. I lost all subscribed Canadian blogs except yours' up to now. It's complete now, I don't get your's any longer. I checked all and I'm still subscribed, really confusing.

    1. I'm afraid we can't help you out with that, Kevin said it must be a blogger glitch.


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