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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 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.

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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

1  Thank gabirul
Reviewed 3 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

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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
Reviewed 3 June 2017

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

1  Thank Nathalie B
Reviewed 3 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 26 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 19 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
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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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2 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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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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