Welcome to the surreal gardens of Las Pozas of Edward James.
It’s a fantasy world tucked away in the Jungles of Xilitla, a Pueblo Magico of Mexico. Built by an eccentric Millionaire, and slowly being reclaimed by the forest, Las Pozas is one of the secrets of San Luis Potosi. It’s an amazing place we only heard about by chance, but happy we could add it in… cause wow… I’ve never seen anything like it.
Edward was a patron to the arts. He is best known for supporting various surrealist painters like René Magritte and Salvador Dalí. He loved the irrationality and fantasy-like aspects of this style of art, and amassed quite a collection during his years as a collector.
The story says the Edward was travelling south through the Americas, and his local guide told him about a particular place where waterfalls cascaded into pool, and the beauty of nature was unmatched. They decided to take a lunch there, and Edwards life instantaneously changed. He had never seen a location so beautiful in his life, and he returned to England to sell his art collection to fund a new venture; building a surrealist sculpture park in the middle of the Mexican jungle.
Walking through the doors of Las Pozas, you begin to see that nature has taken hold of this place. During the hours we spent there, we didn’t see very many other tours or tourists. Perhaps it’s because of the labyrinth like design, but there was a lot of time we were just relaxing by the pools all by ourselves. It’s easy to get lost in this place, it truly is like a scene from a feverish dream. Stairs leading to nowhere, twisting tunnels, elaborately carved bridges that abruptly end… It’s a beautiful and complex masterpiece.
Getting to San Luis Potosí took us a little while. We drove up from Mexico City to see Las Pozas de Xilitla and Cascada Tamul. We didn’t realize how much there is to see here. Puente de Dios, Sotano de Golondrinas, and much more… As a Canadian visiting Mexico, I’m not used to so much density of cool things to do.