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Las Pozas de Edward James
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Xilitla Surrealistic Garden and Huahuas Abyss Tour
Ranked #1 of 5 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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Mexico City, Mexico
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“You will love it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

If you are looking for a simple, quiet and relaxing place to spend your vacations, visit this place. The people are nice and friendly. In low season the water is cristal clear. Try to enter the place through the highway instead of through the town. It is in better shape. The price is included in the visit of the Garden. Don't forget your towel, water and get ready to climb a lot of stairs. Do not hire a guide. You will enjoy it more at your own pace discovering the fusion of nature with the surreal constructions of Edward. Read a little about him beforehand and the experience has to be 100% subjective. I recommend you eating out in downtown of Xilitla instead of the restaurant of the garden. Several restaurants in downtown are very cheap and delicious, Mexican cuisine. Stay at Hotel Guzman on the upper floor, ask for a room with the view, if possible. Negotiate the price and try local coffee.

Visited April 2014
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

I was blown away! Incredible! Has to be on your bucket list! I want to visit it again and again! Loved it!

Visited April 2014
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“Wonderful gardens and waterfalls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

I found out about Las Pozas de Edward James from another traveller in Mexico, so when I was in the area I headed to the gardens. I was not disappointed! It is a beautiful and surreal place to explore, and if you go on a weekday you will practically have it to yourself. Bring your swimmers as there are several waterfalls and swimming pools in the garden itself. I recommend staying at Casa Caraol, which is this great little place a few hundred metres from the gardens that sits amongst the rainforest. They have tepees/tipis for 150p per night, and cabanas for a little more.

Visited March 2014
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“Not to be missed.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

I read the other reviews beforehand, and I have to say, this place exceeds all the hype. Too difficult to describe, but if you are anywhere near Xilitla, Las Pozas are a must. Good restaurant on site. Bring a bathing suit so you can take a dip in one of the many pools. Refreshing. Your admission ticket is good for the whole day so you could leave and then come back later. Weekends tend to be more crowded, of course.

No handicap accessibility--narrow steps, often slippery. Be aware.

Xilitla where we spent two nights is a very hilly little town of about 10,000. Very picturesque, great Sunday market with live Huasteca music in the afternoon and an improvised wooden dance floor--it's the locals day in town to enjoy themselves and dance. A truly authentic event.

Visited March 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

Especially if you are not in shape. Lots and lots of stairs but didn't want to pass any by and miss what was at the end of them. Had expected a "ho-hum" look at a bunch of concrete but found myself thoroughly in awe of Los Pozas. Well worth the 7 hour drive from San Miguel de Allende over the devils backbone (great vista, but about 170 kms of the windiest road you will ever find) through the Sierra Gorda. Although there is much to see, there is much that was a work in progress, now frozen in time with the death of Sir Edward James. I found it amazing how his work has been incorporated through time with the surrounding cloud forest, water falls and pools. It would have been interesting to see what else his imagination held for this place. You can visit the Museo Restaurant in the Posada de Castillo in Xilitla and see some of the forms he used and get an idea of how he built these structures. If this was the only attraction we seen on this trip, it would still have been well worth seeing.

Visited March 2014
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