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Las Pozas de Edward James

Camino Paseo Las Pozas s/n, Xilitla 79902, Mexico
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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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Camino Paseo Las Pozas s/n, Xilitla 79902, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place got me by surprise by being more touristy than I expected. But ones I started walking in this mind blowing maze of structures, I was taken by the place. It is really a great place to visit.

Thank Ixchel G
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

I went with friends to visit this surrealistic garden. It is worth it. We went during spring break and yes.... there were a lot of people. We waited for 2h30 to be able to enter. It was totally crouded. But, at the end, you are...More

Thank Nathalie B
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The Garden of Edward James is quite similar, but not the same, to Park Guell in Barcelona, both of them are unique and have a lot of things to be appreciated by tourists. This garden, also known as las pozas, is located in Xilitla, a...More

Thank Victor C
Reviewed 27 April 2017

It was really interesting to see all the structures Edward James built. Such a calm and beautiful place, fulfilled of materialized dreams of such a great mind.

Thank Marcelomorga
Reviewed 20 March 2017

While somewhat off the beaten path, visiting Edward James' eclectic sculpture garden is definitely worth the trip. James was a wealthy art patron who had a taste for the surreal and Las Pozas is evidence of that. My interpretation is Gaudi's Parc Guelle meets Angkor...More

2  Thank gbruels
Reviewed 18 March 2017

it is hard to describe this place...it is surreal!! But most exotic and fun to explore all the structures hiding in the jungle. The jungle itself and butterflies, pools, waterfalls are all gorgeous! It is a photographers delight!! However, beware...the staff at the gate will...More

1  Thank sswksq
Reviewed 23 February 2017

while reading 'M Train" by Patti Smith, my girlfriend was turned on to this place called Xilitla, in Mexico and we started planning our trip. i would recommend driving/renting a car for your expedition to "Las Pozas". start from somewhere low on route 100. we...More

5  Thank honestlyabraham
Reviewed 22 February 2017

La Pozas could be something magical and spectacular. However the structure needs paint, the plants need care and arrangement. We were very lucky to have a tour of a piece of the garden that had been sold off to a tour company. That piece of...More

Thank Sally232014
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Try to read a bit on it before going! It is a fantastic place, almost magical. The architecture and designs can be really mysterious and involving...as long as there isn't people lining up to take a selfie or a picture striking some yoga pose. We...More

2  Thank Manuel V
Reviewed 8 February 2017

It's a must of the region, and of Mexico. I enjoyed every single corner of this place, and it's a fantastic nature-arquitecture stop. I wouldn't suggest bringing children (there's a lot of difficult steps and dangerous heights with no protection). I would love it if...More

1  Thank tichyeia
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We would love to visit in July. Where can we stay and what else can we see or do? Leaving from Los Angeles. We have 5 days :)
3 March 2017|
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Response from JoeRichaud | Property representative |
You can stay in Posada el Castillo the old house of Edward James or Posada James the closest to the Pozas. In addition to the Sculpture Garden, you can visit the basement of the swallows, which it is a cave where every... More
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Hola Alguien sabe si abren el 24 y 25 de diciembre? Graicas
29 November 2016|
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Response from JoeRichaud | Property representative |
Hola Horacio_S Las Pozas nunca cierra sus puertas solo modifica sus horarios en dos ocaciones durante el año el 25 de diciembre y 1 Primero de Enero abrimos a las 11 AM a 6 PM el resto del año nuestros horarios son de 9 AM a... More
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Cheapest way by bus and flight from MEX CITY (arrival city and bus/flight company?)? Más barato ruta por autobús Y Vuelo de CDMX (incluyendo cuidad de llegar y nombre de empresa de autobús/vuelo). Precios en MXN I'm thinking to go between Dec-Feb Estoy pensando ir entre Decembre y Febrero
8 August 2016|
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Response from NINA I | Reviewed this property |
Hola!!! En lo personal me fui manejando desde Querétaro. Te recomiendo camión a Querétaro y puedes quizás buscar un tour. Lo mejor es carro, la carretera está pesada, muy, muchas curvas, pero el lugar cuesta 50 pesos... More
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