Discover Nizanda

Nizanda is a charming Zapoteca village, home to fewer than 500 residents in the municipality of Asunción Ixtaltepec, known for being one of the windiest areas in the country. Explore and enjoy this natural and magical place in Oaxaca.

What is Nizanda?

Nizanda is a small town located just 17 kilometers from the Transístmica highway. Its name holds special significance as it comes from two Zapoteca words: “Nisa,” meaning “Water,” and “Nandá’,” which translates to “Hot.” These words together form an apt name for the place, as the river flowing through the town is also called “Agua tibia,” meaning “Warm water.”

The choice of this name is not coincidental, as the water in Nizanda has a warmer temperature than usual. This is due to the presence of thermal springs in the area, giving the river water a pleasant and comforting warmth. The residents of Nizanda have leveraged this unique feature, turning the thermal springs into a tourist attraction for visitors from all around.

In addition to its thermal waters, Nizanda boasts other natural charms. Its landscapes are beautiful and rich in vegetation, making it perfect for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. Visitors can explore trails around the river, discovering the local flora and fauna while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the area.

Exploration and Activities in Nizanda

In addition to its natural attractions, there are opportunities for various recreational activities.

Hiking on Natural Trails

There are different paths in the area, but they can be challenging due to obstacles such as rocks, roots, and uneven terrain, especially if you are not accustomed to walking in the wilderness. These trails allow you to explore nature and witness beautiful landscapes.

Mountain Biking

Apart from the trails, the area is also ideal for mountain biking. The rugged paths and steep hills provide an exciting challenge for adventurous cyclists.

Water Activities

On the other hand, if you're a swimming enthusiast, there is a lake with a depth of 1.5 meters in the area, perfect for an unplanned swim.

Natural Attractions of Nizanda

Discover what Nizanda has to offer and why it’s an ideal destination for you and your family.

Hot Springs

Located at the confluence of a stream and a hot spring, it creates a fascinating natural pool. The blend of clear and warm waters provides an experience that only this Zapotec corner can offer.

Panoramic Viewpoint

This viewpoint is strategically located, offering captivating views of the surroundings. From here, you can see the hot springs and the rocks that surround them.

Caves and Rocky Walls

Moreover, some caves in the area add an air of mystery, though caution is advised. Entering these abysses without proper guidance is not recommended, ensuring the safety of tourists.

Tips for Visitors

To explore Nizanda and ensure you have an unforgettable experience, here are some key tips that will be helpful.

Entrance Fee

  • For all travelers, the entrance fee is approximately MXN $20.

Parking and Arrival

  • It is recommended to enter through the Panoramic Viewpoint La Mata “Puerta del Pacífico.”
  • Parking can be found near the entrance or reception of the site. From there, the path to the spring can take between 20 minutes to half an hour, depending on walking speed.

Proper Equipment

  • If you plan on more adventurous activities, make sure to have the necessary equipment for extreme sports. Consult with local experts for specific recommendations based on your planned activities.

Opening Hours

  • You can visit this place every day, 24 hours a day.

Plan Your Return Transportation

  • If you don’t have your own vehicle, make sure to plan your return transportation in advance.

Visit During the Day

  • As the area lacks nearby lodging options, it is recommended to explore it during the day. Make the most of natural light for a more complete experience.

  • Additionally, more people tend to visit on weekends.


  • In many natural locations, visitors often bring their own food for a picnic, but it is advisable to contact local authorities or a tour guide for this information.

Comfortable Clothing and Proper Footwear

  • Opt for comfortable swimwear and lightweight, comfortable clothing. Be ready to immerse yourself in the waters at any time!

  • Good walking shoes will be useful if you decide to explore the areas.

Cellular Signal

  • Due to the mountainous location, a lack of cellular signal is common, so be prepared in case you have no signal.

Contribute to Nature Respect

  • While enjoying, make sure to keep the place clean and respect local wildlife. Your contribution is crucial to preserving this natural treasure.

How to Get to Nizanda?

Curious about the location of Nizanda? We provide a map with the exact and safe route so you won’t miss out on one of the tourist destinations in Oaxaca.

Photos of Nizanda

Explore the essence of Nizanda through our collection of photos. Discover what this place, one of the most beautiful spots in Oaxaca, looks like

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