As I think back on our three-month road trip across Mexico, the Huasteca region stands out as one of the most beautiful and interesting areas that we visited. In typical Farias fashion, we didn’t do much planning or research before we visited the area. So, when we got there we were excited to find lush jungles, pristine rivers, spectacular waterfalls and natural beauty at every turn. But, by far, one of the most surprising finds were the bizarre sculpture gardens at Las Pozas.
Las Pozas is located in the jungle surrounding the little mountain town of Xilitla (he-leet-la). In itself, this city was a highlight for us. Xilitla feels like a remote place, nestled in the mountains and accessed by a small road that winds through the hills. However, when we arrived we were greeted with a bustling town, thriving with local commerce and very friendly people.
We loved the energy of this place. It was a lively hub for the people living in the area and it was exciting to feel the buzz of this little town.
Las Pozas is unusual, surreal, bizarre and totally awesome! In the 1960’s an eccentric millionaire from England, named Edward James, began constructing the sculpture gardens on his 20-acre property. He built over 36 structures, inspired by his love of surreal art and the tropical surroundings. He stocked the place with exotic animals, built his own castle (now a guesthouse) and honored his vision and art throughout the process.
“Surreal” doesn’t even begin to describe these amazing structures or the man with the passion who created them. Although, some of the locals believed he was loco, others thought his creations were magical!
The architecture at Las Pozas is mindboggling. Between the gigantic cement orchids towering over our heads and the man-sized hands jutting from the earth – the entire place is a feast for the senses.
Swimming in the shaded, freshwater pools was refreshing and the natural rock slide was a plus. The boys didn’t mind the sharp edges until Trevor wore a hole in his shorts!
We had a ton of fun exploring Las Pozas. We loved climbing steps that lead to nowhere and searching the jungle for hidden treasures. We also liked the edgy feeling of enjoying everything “at our own risk.” The lack of liability waivers, safety rails, and hazard signs added to our sense of adventure!
If you appreciate gorgeous waterfalls, lush jungle, exotic architecture, and friendly people, a trip to visit the gardens at Las Pozas won’t disappoint.
Love these aerial views of Las Pozas by postandfly.com.mx !