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“Charming ghost town.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Pozos de Mineral

Pozos de Mineral
Ranked #22 of 64 things to do in Guanajuato
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Leon, Mexico
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Charming ghost town.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2012

An amazing magical mining "ghost" town. Great hotel options.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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“Pretty Amazing History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

Visited Pozos with a guide from Colonial Tours Mexico (located in SMA). The trip is facinating when you have a knowledgeable guide. Freddie, our guide spoke excellent English and is thoroughly educcated on the area. He took us ot some of the abandoned mines/haciendas. It is obvious that this town was once extremely wealthy. Abandoned during the war for independence, much of it is fallen now, but a testament to the colonial period of silver in the area.

Visited January 2012
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boston,ma.
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“A slower pace.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2010

San Miguel, Guanajuato, and Queretaro. Exciting and full of the energy that busy places offer. Mineral de pozos is a chill out town. A couple of hotels, a number of art galleries and craft shops, and a cool little bar off the main plaza makes for a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle. We spent a day and a half there and enjoyed walking the quiet streets, checking out the beautiful old church, and hanging for a while in the old bar at one end of the zocalo. There's no sign advertising the bar but it won't take you too long to find it! The bartender speaks no english but it didn't matter as we spent a pleasant hour watching an cheesy old Mexican cowboy/horror film and having a few beers with a really nice couple from Queretaro who were up for a quiet weekend. If you visit the town, you HAVE to visit the bar! Enjoy.

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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“Pozos: Rediscovering Mexico”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2008

We've been traveling throughout Mexico for more than forty years seeking a balance of unique local cultural qualities and gringo acceptance. San Miguel de Allende, until it became overly developed, Americanized (their first Starbucks just opened) and expensive, originally satisfied our quest.
Two years ago we discovered Pozos, 45 minutes from San Miguel and were instantly enchanted by it's spell of old Mexico reality. A suburb of San Luis de la Paz, 15 minutes north, Pozos stands as monument in time. Amid stone ruins of once grand homes, bull rings, theatres, and magical mine complexes, we found elegant colonial hotels, restaurants, and truly friendly, arts and crafts oriented citizens. It is the sort of place that takes us back to the original reasons why Yankee tourists originally drove South of the Border. Since property is still affordable we are now in process of remodeling a small adobe vacation home three blocks from the center of town with a grand view of the Sierra Gorda.

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Raleigh, NC
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“Pozos-Magical Tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2008

1st of all, Mineral de Pozos isn't for everyone. If you enjoy the shopping and ease of San Miguel, this may not be for you.
On the other hand if you like exploring old ruins and hiking through old mining complexes from 100 years ago or more, this could be the place. Just don't say or believe it is the new San Miguel.
2nd, getting there isn't all that easy. Yes it is only some 36mi(45min) from the Caracol in San Miguel and a similar distance from Queretaro but there is no direct public transportation.
Cabs are about $30 each way but a private car is probably better.
The town is the site of two very large mining complexes. The 1st, Santa Brigitta, was started by the Jesuits in the 1500's on a Pames, indigenous people, open mining site. The 2nd west of town had it's hey day in 1890-1910. You can arrange tours through the Mineral de Pozos website or in San Miguel but personal exploring is really my favorite.
When you get hungry, there are 3 very good restaurants, again the town web site, and now a 4th Thursday-Sunday that also offers spa packages. If you decide a day trip isn't enough, three of the restaurants are also boutique hotels.
If hiking the mines and exploring the in town ruins aren't enough, you can also pre-book horses and tour that way.
Do not expect "San Miguel" shopping but Pozos specializes in pre-hispanic instruments and you can probably get an impromptu concert as well. Also, there are shops selling geodes and other rock pieces from the mines and area.
Finally, there are artists that show their work but the best way to view is as part of one of the semi-annual art walk or along with the house & garden tours.

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