Many people say we’re crazy when they hear that we’re driving hundreds of thousands of miles through The Americas. However, our Trans-Americas Journey often takes us to places where crazy (in a good way) is truly defined. Like Las Pozas (the pools) outside a tiny town called Xilitla in the hills of the Huasteca region of San Luis Potosi state.
Created by English aristocrat (he was rumored to be the grandson of King Edward VII) and art-lover (he is said to have bankrolled Dalí and Magritte) Edward James between 1949 and 1984, the concrete buildings, sculptures and spaces have been called surrealistic, magical, fantastical, a follie and, yes, crazy.
Started more than 60 years ago, Las Pozas eventually sprawled to cover 80 acres with almost 4o different structures. It is ramshackle and free of guard rails and feels wonderfully unfinished. There is also a touch of darkness to the place and not just because most of the paint has long since peeled off.
James died in 1984 and there’s no denying that his creation has fallen into disrepair and it’s a real shame that they don’ t seem to be renting out the handful of guest rooms on the site, for example, and restoring some of the original color to the place would be exciting. Cemex, Mexico’s cement company, is now the owner of Las Pozas and is rumored to be bankrolling some maintenance on the place. We hope they don’t fix it up too much though. It seems fitting that Las Pozas is being slowly engulfed by the jungle that inspired it.
We’re going to let the photos tell the rest of the story since words (including crazy) don’t do this place justice.