From Jalpan we drove to a small town called Xilitla (pronounced “He-leet-la”). 2 km outside the town the British poet and artist Edward James build a sculptured garden called “Las Pozas”. James Edward came to Xilitla in 1945 were he fell in love with the jungle. He decided to settle down and created the Garden of Eden, which consisted of orchids and other exotic plants. His work on “Las Pozas” started in after summer in 1962, where freezing weather destroyed more than 15,000 of Edward James’ orchids. This event awakened his obsession to built a surrealistic architectural fantasy of ecstatic concrete figures that would integrate that natural plant life in the jungle. The argument was that extreme weather change would not be able to ruin his dreams.
Watch our video about Las Pozas and our next two tourist stops.
Edward James died in 1984, which was the end of the development of “Las Pozas”. Still today the garden is considered the most surrealistic monument in the world. The property has inherited to the Gastelum Llamazares brothers, whom Edwards James considered his adoptive family. There was no money to maintain “Las Pozas” after his death, but in 1990’s the garden was opened for the public. In 2007 the Xilitla Fund was created with support from other foundations, to stop deterioration of the site and to conserve the natural environment.
We walked around for 2-3 hours in the humid and warm jungle. There is many small trails around the park, and every time we turned around our eyes were catching some other fascinating and strange sculpture. The “Las Pozas” covers 36 hectares.
Just saying that it is a great place to take a lot of pictures, and we had a of fun shooting way too many pictures.
Love this picture of Esben – YES, I took that picture!
The big plant you see in the background is a bamboo. The garden is built in thick jungle, but it makes the place feel less touristy. The Gastelum family (who inherited “Las Pozas”) and 40 local workers helped with the construction of “Las Pozas”. For 17 years Edward James and Gastelum created even larger and stranger structures, many of which were never finished. The total cost has been estimated to 5 million USD.
On the upper right picture you see the waterfall that runs through the garden. Bring you swimsuit and you can dip in on of the many pools!
There is a lot of stairs, so remember to bring water
This was the 1 out of 3 tourist stop on our way to Valle de Bravo – want to know what the next one is? Keep following our blog