Pozas Azules de Atzala, Taxco (2021 Visitor’s Guide)
Tucked away in the tropical forest of Guerrero, Pozas Azules de Atzala is a hidden gem of Mexico. Translated, the Blue Pools of Atzala are a sequence of naturally occurring waterfalls and pools near the stunning Pueblo Magico of Taxco. And, for just a small entrance fee, you can swim in the aqua blue waters of this off-the-beaten-path attraction.
Intrigued? Keep reading to find out how to get there, what you need to know and my top tips for the best experience!
Where is Pozas Azules de Atzala, Guerrero?
Pozas Azules de Atzala is just a short drive from the pretty town of Taxco, in the central Mexican state of Guerrero. Taxco itself is a 3-hour drive from Mexico City and Toluca, with Cuernavaca slightly closer.
How to get to Pozas Azules from Taxco
Visiting Pozas Azules de Atzala is the perfect day trip from Taxco. Not only is it a great attraction, but it’s also cheap and easy to get to from Taxco.
Step 1: Get to the collectivo stop outside Coppel Plateros on the main road in Taxco. Quite a few collectivos stop there but find the Pozas Azules sign (pictured below). Plus, ‘Pozas Azules’ is also painted on the road in the bay at the collectivo stop, so should be easy to find.
Step 2: Take a collectivo to the pools. The cost is 27 pesos per person, each way and the drive takes around 45 minutes. To avoid travel sickness from the bumpy roads, sit as close to the front of the collectivo as possible.
Step 2b: Currently, due to COVID, the collectivo stops outside the village of Atzala for disinfecting. Everyone has to get out and the bus is sprayed with disinfectant inside. Then, you’ll get back in and continue to the pools.
Step 3: You’ll be dropped off at the top of a path to the pools. You’ll need to walk down to the entrance.
How to get back to Taxco from Pozas Azules de Atzala
It’s best to research this now as there’s no phone signal in Atzala. But, luckily, getting back to Taxco is pretty easy.
First, you’ll need to wait for a collectivo in the spot where you were dropped off earlier. This is the junction of the road that leads down to the pools, where there’s a couple of small shops. At least you can buy snacks whilst you wait.
Once the collectivo arrives, hop in and get driven back to Taxco. Again, the journey costs 27 pesos per person. And, you can get dropped off anywhere up until the final stop at Coppel.
As of 2021, the entrance fee to the pools is 100 pesos per person for adults and 50 pesos per child (age 3 to 12). The price includes access to all of the pools that are open (though this varies throughout the year) and use of the changing rooms. All of the open pools do have lifeguards as well.
However, there is a lot that is not included in the entrance price. Which, includes:
- Toilets (5 pesos per use)
- Table & chairs (50 pesos for a table and 4 chairs). You can’t sit at any of the tables or chairs unless you pay extra to rent them
- WiFi (30 pesos for the whole day)
- Tour of the upper pools when conditions allow (no fee but you tip the guide)
- Life jackets (available to rent for a fee)
- 400 metres of zip lines (additional fee)
Pozas Azules, Taxco is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week. The weekends are the busiest and I’d definitely recommend visiting during the week if you can. During the peak summer months, however, the pools are likely to be busy at all times. If visiting during these months, arrive early in the day to beat the crowds.
Near the entrance there is also a selection of snack and souvenir stalls – but, you can bring your own food/drink to the site.
Before your visit, check the Pozas Azules official Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
The Waterfalls & Pools at Pozas Azules de Atzala
With the current restrictions, only 8 of the 16 natural pools are open to the public. Although, two man-made pools – filled with the famous aqua-coloured river water – are also open. Be warned though, the water is freezing all year round!
The pools and waterfalls are located on a 300-metre long path that starts at the entrance and heads uphill. The walk isn’t difficult but the path does get wet and slippery, so you do need to take care.
The two man-made pools are located closest to the entrance of Pozas Azules de Taxco and sit alongside a few natural pools in the river. This area has lots of seating, but there’s also plenty of space to leave belongings if you don’t want to pay for a table.
Further upstream, there are a handful more pools and more dramatic waterfalls, where there’s another seating area. After this point, you cross the river over a waterfall on a small bridge and continue uphill to the remaining pools.
What to bring with you
To fully enjoy your trip to the Blue Pools of Atzala, you need to make sure you pack for the place. Here’s what I’d recommend:
- Cash – and not just 500 peso notes! You’ll want those 5 peso coins for the toilet.
- Suncream (ideally reef-safe) and sunglasses
- Swimming costume/shorts (if you wear them to travel in, bring a change of shorts/underwear)
- Water shoes (super useful for moving between pools)
- Travel towel
- Plastic/waterproof bag for your wet items post-swim
- Plenty of water and snacks
- Camera and battery pack
Useful Spanish Phrases
- Can I swim here? ¿Puedo nadar aquí?
- Can you take a photo/video of me, please? ¿Puedes tomarme una foto, por favor?
- Are all the pools open today? ¿Están todas las pozas abiertas hoy?
Do you have any questions or want any more information? If so, drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you!
Information is correct as of October 2021 but is subject to change in future.
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