Surrealist art scene
It’s not a coincidence Edward James once met Aldous Huxley, the science-fiction writer. Both were dreaming up magical places on this earth. That is what Las Pozas tries to be: A retreat, an escape from daily life, for a couple of hours in the rainforests of central Mexico.
- How to get there: by car it’s fairly easy. Coming from the eastern direction (probably Ciudad Valles) you will see small wooden signs just before entering the village where you have to turn right. Follow the dirt road until the entrance. This area can get very muddy in rain season. More fun obviously is if you stay in Xilitla a couple of nights. In that case you can walk there from the Zocalo (central square, also known as Plaza Principal here). Take the steep narrow road going down left of Casa Viejo cafe, on the northern side. Take the first left. Just follow this nice road with great valley views for around thirty minutes. First you will pass the entrance of the Cascada los Comales (Comales waterfalls), which are actually higher than the ones in Las Pozas and well worth a quick visit. Then you will find the Las Pozas entrance on your left around the corner.
- Length: you need at least 3 hours to explore the site, more if you want to have a swim and explore the cafe.
- Food and drinks
- Walking pole in rain season (can get slippy)
- Rain gear (we are in the rain forest here!)
- Swimming gear
- Good to know:
- there is an excellent new museum (opened in 2018) with the surrealist art of Leonora Carrington
- at the entrance there are also guides that can show you around. It guarantees you you won’t miss any highlights or background information, but obviously takes away the pleasure of just exploring for yourself
- More information:
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