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Las Pozas de Edward James

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Address: 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...

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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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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 actually drove from San Miguel de Allende, which is another review in itself (including food... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 the garden was painted and the plants were cared for.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 were in line before it opened (9 a.m.) and it was really worth it, by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 it was possible for the site administration to have more vigilance since most people don't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surrealist constructions of great weirdness constructed in the mid 20th century by a very eccentric British expatriate who came here to grow orchids. I flew all the way from London to see this place, and it was worth every mile. Nearly a day's drive north of Mexico City, but set in wonderful mountain countryside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Really cool and unique place. You don't want to miss this. It is like nothing you've seen before. Just go.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Quite an amazing effort must have been involved. Not the easiest of places to build in the thick jungle. The downside is that is a very busy place. No chance of solitude with tour groups and people everywhere. Still if you try and ignore all the other travellers you can get some sort of vibes and possibly a glimpse of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Las Pozas was a place many friends told us about. All were excited. To cut the suspense: it must have been such an amazing place for Edward James and his friends. It still emits this vibe of bohemia, surrealism and fantasy. It´s a different place to visit. But - as always - adjust your expectations and make sure you arrive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

If you are wondering whether it's worth waking up at 2 - 3 am to leave San Luis Potosi just to get to the town of Xilitla around 8 - 9 am, putting up with lousy roads and interminable bumps, i can honestly say, GO FOR IT!!! Even with rather bad weather (it ran and the slippery soil wasn't exactly... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Sir Edward James Garden has lost its charm it once had. I went there the first time 8 years ago and it was totally tranquil, mystical and mezmerizing. There was hardly anybody there. I got so lost in this labyrinthal garden. I went back not long ago and this place has turned into Disneyland. Big tour buses wait for tourists... More 

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