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Edward James sculptor garden, Las Pozas

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 1 week ago via mobile

We payed the 70 Peso/Person entrance and then we're told, that it is not allowed to bring additional lenses with your camera. Only 1 camera with lens ist allowed. We were told, that WE need to deposit our camera equipment by the entrance. This was...More

Thank timtom85
Reviewed 1 week ago

Want to get lost in a bunch of trails punctuated by bizarre cement structures of Daliesque imagination and giant proportions? Here's the place for you. It's inexpensive and very entertaining. Also a beautiful set of falls and pools. Swimming strictly for the hardy, as water...More

Thank Jon S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To try to describe this hauntingly beautiful place is almost impossible. Edward James was probably a genius. His creation is unique. Just GOOGLE this garden in Wikipedia and be prepared to marvel. Thank goodness the Xlitla Foundation now controls and manages this magical cultural statement-...More

Thank DrLIndsay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You probably have not seen anything quite like this place. The vegetation is incredible. Look it up in Wikipedia. Look up Edward James. Quite an individual.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a place, highly recommend making the effort to come here. In November the park was basically empty and swimming in the waterfall lagoons amongst the surrealist architecture is incredible

Thank William S
Reviewed 5 November 2017

This surrealist garden is not just a tour but an experience that cannot be missed if you are visiting the Huasteca Potosina. It is hard to understand how this place could have been erected in the middle of the sierra, excellent sculptures, a lovely waterfall...More

Thank Andie1302
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

After hearing of this place for many years, I finally managed to make it a part of my motorcycle journey. The magnificent and surreal concrete structures are bathed and drowned in the lush tropical vegetation, mysterious and fantastic to wander through.

Thank txadv
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is one of the most iconic places in la Huasteca, nature and eccentric architecture make this place an impressive museum, but if you go in high season the line to enter could take even 2 hours or more, I suggest you to hire a...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Nestled in the thick jungles of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Edward James discovered the perfect setting for staging his life’s masterpiece. A surrealist labyrinth unfolds amid waterfalls and ponds—natural and man-made—that prepare the mind for immersion into a dream world. With buildings that evoke nonsense,...More

Thank austria782016
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This place is beyond words. It's a place you must see in your life. Every corner is like being in a dream. The combination with the exotic vegetation makes it an eden. I spent 7 hrs strolling, discovering, dreaming and being in contact with the...More

Thank Alma B
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19 September 2017|
Response from JoeRichaud | Property representative |
Hello the pozas has its own guides which can give tour in English. its cost is 300 pesos.
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3 March 2017|
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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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29 November 2016|
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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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