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Edward James sculptor garden, Las Pozas
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Xilitla Surrealistic Garden and Huahuas Abyss Tour
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Xilitla
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The sculpture park Las Pozas, located in Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, was created by Edward James, an eccentric English poet and artist, also a great patron of the Surrealist movement. Nestled in the Huasteca Potosina, Edward James found the perfect setting to create the work of his life. Between natural and artificial pools and waterfalls that prepare the mind to enter into a dreamy world, a surrealistic labyrinth unfolds. Buildings that evoke nonsense, doors that open up to nothing, stairs that lead to the sky, and concrete flowers that grow at the same time as the natural ones. The design of Las Pozas is inspired both in orchids and the greenery of the Huasteca Potosina, it combines ideas and concepts taken from the Surrealist movement in which Edward James was immersed. A Shangri-la, a fusion between organic and artificial things, between the jungle and concrete, thus managing to merge two worlds in just one. The origin of Las Pozas goes back to 1947, when Edward James (who lived in some kind of exile in the United States), purchased a coffee plantation near Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, and registered it in the name of Plutarco Gastelum, his close friend, together they created Las Pozas. During the first years, Edward James kept the Las Pozas as a display of his fabulous orchid collection, and as home for his many exotic pets. In 1962, after an unprecedented frost that destroyed a huge part of Edward James' plantation, he concentrated on constructing the sculptural garden we know today. The sculptural set of Xilitla is located inside a piece of land situated in a place called La Conchita, township of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí. It takes up an area of almost nine hectares. Between 1964 and 1967, the renowned painter, Leonora Carrington, visited the park, leaving an al fresco painted mural in El Castillo, Plutarco Gastelum's house, also Edward James' home during his visits. The image of the painting corresponds to a figure with human feminine traits and a zoomorph head. In 2007, the Fundación Pedro y Elena Hernández, A.C, acquired Las Pozas with the purpose of preserving the sculptures and protecting the flora of its surroundings. The Fundación Pedro y Elena Hernández, A. C., besides being in charge of receiving more than 80 thousand visitors each year, also works on: - The preservation and restoration of the structure - The preservation and restoration of the garden - The preservation and restoration of the areas of woods that belong to the property
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Reviewed July 14, 2013


To go there you need to arrive at Xilitla and then take a ride or use a car ( I didn't see any public transportation , but I saw many people that arrived walking )

It cost $50 pesos to get in , and it starts at 9am .
The castle of sir Edward James is just incredible , you need minimum 2hours to walk around . I would recommended to use comfortable shoes , Mosquitos spray and be ready to claim and walk a lot !


The places are divided in two sections , the castle and "las pozas " , take first the castle walk , and then go to the waterfalls . The water is so transparent as Cancun ocean , just wonderful !

Have fun !

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Fell in-love with this place after only 10 minutes. It is only about 15 minutes from town and easy to get to. Interesting concrete stutures thorougout the jungle leaves one wondering, "why" would anyone build such a place. All gardening is organic. Orchids and bromiliads are abundant throughout the walkways. Everything built next to a fresh fast moving river with several waterfalls. After an hour or so walk through the castle, you can take a dip in a fresh river (and clean) to cool off. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty. Admission is only a few dollars and well worth it.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

I've been visiting Xilitla since 1998 and moved here Feb 2013. Las Pozas (Castillo Surrealista de Xilitla) is one of the most incredible sites to see. Beautiful concrete structures nestled in the jungle surrounded by waterfalls and pools created from a river flowing through. I could spend hours wandering around here.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

I've been visiting Xilitla since 1998 and moved here Feb 2013. Las Pozas (Castillo Surrealista de Xilitla) is one of the most incredible sites to see. Beautiful concrete structures nestled in the jungle surrounded by waterfalls and pools created from a river flowing through. I could spend hours wandering around here.

Thank Whit3986
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

I recommend to take a tour it lasts aprox 1.5 hrs and then you can explore the places you like by yourself. I loved the site, the buildings Edward James built merge with the natural surroundings in a perfect way. The pozas have fresh water were you can swim.

Thank Sofia D
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