“The Water Boils”…But Not Really

Evelia Bautista
Communication Studies Major
Non-WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018

I always wanted to visit Oaxaca and little did I know that Universidad Latina de America had a trip planned for us to go there already. A teacher passionate about Mexico and its history was our guide. We learned about how Mexico came to be and the reason behind the many different customs within Mexico. All details of churches have a meaning. For example, the colors or shapes used in the decorations defined what group of Indians it belonged to.

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Image: Mexico and its beautiful scenery: Hierve el Agua.

As part of the major, all communication students went on a trip to learn more about the history of Mexico. It was a 4 day, 2 state trip: Oaxaca and Puebla. Hierve el Agua is a state park in southern Oaxaca known for its waterfalls and natural pools of mineral water. It is a must see when visiting the state of Oaxaca. The view of this pool surrounded by nothing but mountains is absolutely breathtaking. It’s perfect for pictures, admiring nature, and family day trips. The name of the park translates to “The Water Boils” which is misleading because the water is not actually hot. Its name comes more from the process of mineral deposits “boiling” on mountain sides.

Mitla, Puebla is an archaeological zone. It used to be a village. You know those stories you would read in history books about pyramids and how special events were held there or how only people of high power lived there? Well, this is one of those pyramids.

Our last stop was Cholula, Puebla which has the biggest pyramid in possibly the whole world, “The Grand Pyramid”. It is the biggest based on its size, which is unnoticeable in pictures since a big part of the pyramid is actually underground. That is to say, the houses that are near the tip of the pyramid were actually constructed over the base of the pyramid which was built in 300 BC.

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