We didn’t have to drive very far to reach our newest destination today. It was just over two hours from Tamosopo. We were lured to another Pueblo Magico, But of course on the way there, there were sights to be seen.
First stop was an area that has bloomed immensely (bad pun intended) over the last 15 years. We stopped to find out why there were so many places to buy beautiful plants, pottery, and nieve (snow – really shaved ice or ice cream). Everyone seem to be selling very similar items and there were so many different stands it was hard to choose where to stop.
Later we approached an area where there were many dozens of trucks in a queue they were filled almost to overflowing with ripe oranges waiting be delivered to their main squeeze. I have never seen so many oranges in one place!
The people hanging around the entrance to the orange juice processing plant probably thought we were a little nuts when I asked Ky to turn the trustee Yukon around so I could get some photos. It might’ve looked a wee bit strange to have me standing up in the seat with my camera out of the top of the sunroof. Anything for the best angle – right?
People here are so joyful and smiles come very easily. These guys were happy to have me take their picture. They were just hanging around waiting their turn to deliver their oranges.
Our intended destination was Xilitla (pronounced Hee-leet-la), a little town up in the mountains, still in the state of San Luis Potosí. This state seems to have more than its fair share of natural beauty.
But we were coming to see in addition to the natural beauty, was it something quite unnatural. A man named Edward James built an extremely strange creation called Las Pozas on about 80 acres of jungle property. It is more than 2000 feet above sea level in a sub tropical rain forest. It has natural waterfalls and pools interlaced with surrealist sculptures made of concrete. Edward was a patron of the arts, and he clearly had more money than he needed. He had at one time, the largest collection of surrealist art in the world. He sold his collection in order to have about $5 million to build about 25 surreal concrete structures built between 1949 and 1984.
There are many trails winding in all directions through the jungles, some leading to nowhere and others meandering to refreshing, clear ponds formed by waterfalls.
And one of my personal favorites –
It was a very good day. I hope yours was too!