Las Posas Azules makes a great day trip from the hilly, winding streets of Taxco, Mexico. Here we explain what you can expect from the pools, what to pack, and how to get there using public transport. If you are visiting Taxco, we thoroughly recommend that you make time to go swimming in this naturally-formed haven.
What are Las Posas Azules and why should you visit?
Las Posas Azules roughly translates to ‘The Blue Pools’ in English, and we can honestly say that they live up to their name. Just outside of the small village of Atzala, the pools are a naturally-formed haven. Their blue waters contrast with the rocks and foliage to make a beautiful sight.
If you are visiting Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero, give your calves a break from the town’s crazy hills and go for a splash in these cooling waters. Skip to the bottom of this page for detailed travel directions from Taxco to Las Posas Azules.
At the entrance
Whether you arrive by private or public transport, you will get dropped off right next to the entrance of the pools. The little ticket office is about 5 minutes from here and the entrance is 30 pesos per person. The pools open at 9am, and you can stay for as long as you want. You can also leave and return during the day, just let them know at the office as you leave.
From the office, it’s another five minutes to the first pool, which is the lowest of the six. Make sure to take time to look around as you walk, the trees and the mountains are stunning.
In total there are six pools at the site, and the first that you come to is the lowest. As this one is the most accessible, it tends to be the busiest. Families with children relax and play in the shallow waters here. As you climb higher the pools become quieter.
The paths between the pools get a trickier as you go further up. By the last pool there’s just a few pieces of wood and a rope to help you haul yourself up!
There is a toilet right next to the ticket office which costs five pesos. While there are free toilets closer to the pools, these paid ones are by far the nicest and worth paying for on the way in/out.
There are small vendors selling food and drink just outside the site. We were stuffed from breakfast and didn’t actually eat anything during our visit. Although we can’t recommend anything specific, the food consisted of typical Mexican snacks (tacos, quesadillas, gorditas… etc.). The prices were aimed at locals not tourists and so looked very reasonable.
We really enjoyed our visit, the pools are absolutely beautiful. While I’m sure many people would be able to stay the full day, we were there for around two hours before heading back to Taxco. This gave us enough time to paddle in the waters, explore all six pools, and enjoy the stunning views.
We visited on a Friday, yet despite it being a weekday, there were still a fair few people there with us. To avoid the crowds, go on a weekday and get there as early as possible as it was definitely getting busier as the day wore on. The weekends are by far the busiest times, when local Mexicans go to cool off with their families after the working week.
We found out about the pools completely by chance, and I don’t think they are widely known about by international visitors. When we went, there was just us and a group of four young guys, everyone else was Mexican. It was really nice to see something that was being enjoyed by locals and wasn’t overrun by tourists.
What to pack
- As I mentioned, there are toilets so you can avoid that horrible damp feeling on the journey back to Taxco by taking a towel and a spare change of clothes. Don’t forget to put a carrier bag in for your wet clothes!
- The mountains provide a fair amount of shade, but as the sun moves round some of the pools are in the direct sun. Make sure you have plenty of sun cream and a hat to avoid some nasty sunburn!
- There are vendors selling drinks, but make sure you take some water for the bus ride there to help you keep hydrated during the warm journey.
- You will need small notes and change to pay for the buses and the entrance fee.
- The rocks can get pretty slippy around the pools, and it’s pretty treacherous in parts as you climb to the higher pools. Make sure you have shoes with a good grip on the bottom to help you keep your balance.
Travel directions – Taxco to Las Posas Azules
Combi-buses pick up from outside the Coppel Plateros department store on De Los Plateros, the town’s main road (map here).
We arrived at the Coppel building at around 9.35am, and found a bus straight away. Unfortunately we had to wait until we had enough people leave, so we didn’t actually depart until 10.10am.
Our hostel had told us that the drive would take around 30 minutes, but it was actually closer to an hour, and we arrived at 11.05am. The driver will take you all the way to the entrance of the pools.
We weren’t too upset that the drive was longer than expected because it gave us more time to admire the stunning views. The journey takes you round the windy mountain roads, through tiny little towns, and so the time passed by very quickly!
It cost 25 pesos (£1) per person, each way.
To return, the buses leave hourly, on the half hour, from the point where you get dropped off. There are also a small number of taxis dotted near the entrance. If you don’t want to wait for the bus back, we overheard four Mexican guys get quoted 200 pesos for the journey to Taxco. This would a pretty economical option if there is a group of you.
If you would like more inspiration for your trip to Mexico take a look at our other blog posts. We spent three months in this wonderful country, and have lots of suggestions for off the beaten track activities as well as detailed travel details to help you move around the country with ease.
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