Jardín Escultórico Edward James, Las Pozas

Jardín Escultórico Edward James, Las Pozas

Jardín Escultórico Edward James, Las Pozas
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksGardensArt Museums
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Edward James Sculpture Garden, Las Pozas was created by Edward Frank Willis James, eccentric British poet, artist and patron of the surrealist movement. James created a fusion between the organic and the artificial, between the jungle and concrete, which merges the two worlds into one. Its story begins in 1947 with James' desire to create his own Garden of Eden. In 1962, after a frost that killed the thousands of orchids that James had planted, construction of the cement structures and buildings began and stopped in 1984 with the death of James and it was not until 1991 that the garden opened to the public to visit. The total surface area of the Garden is 37 hectares dedicated to ecological conservation, of these 9 hectares make up the sculpture garden, where you can admire more than 28 structures and sculptures. In 2007 the Pedro and Elena Hernández Foundation, A.C, acquired Las Pozas with the purpose of preserving the sculptures and conserving the ecosystem.
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norma c
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We got to the gate and purchased our tickets. It is a guided tour which you pay 30 extra pesos for. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and would answer any questions you would have. Interesting and very beautiful. Tour took approximately one and a half hour. Worth taking the tour so you can see his art and sculptures.
Written 28 April 2024
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Pablo C
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The price at the square is $160 pesos plus a surcharge for the guide (guide is mandatory). It turns out, you have to buy tickets in Xilitla town square a day before and not at the door like before. We were scalped at the gate by a third party $290 pesos per adult and $250 ages 6-11. No one is allowed in the pozas since COVID, which was the main reason we came. When we came 6 years ago, we explored on our own and took beautiful pictures. Now, we had to hurry before our guide left.
Written 1 August 2023
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Peter
Valle de Bravo, Mexico25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
The place is beautiful, however some of the most interesting spots are now closed for reasons nobody could explain. The tour guide was knowledgeable. Although it is an open space you were forced to wear a face mask and your body temperature was taken, something no longer adequate. You cannot buy tickets at the entrance, you have to do it online or go down to the village.
Written 5 January 2023
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akostich_11
Los Angeles, CA553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I was really impressed with this gorgeous place, but do your research before going and plan in advance! You need reservations to take a group tour (offered every day starting at 8am-5pm) either in English or Spanish (so make sure you check the website for the tour you are signing up for before you go).

Very important, that if you are a photographer and would like a more leisurely and private experience, you can book a private tour with a guide before opening hours (7am) and you will have the place to yourself. I did this, and it was very much worth the price!

Miguel Marquis was my guide, and he had great stories (in English) about growing up around the park and how his family was involved with Edward James and the estate. It was also possible for me to access James' private bungalow with bedroom and poems written on the wall, this is normally off limits to tourists and the tour groups.

The highlight was the bamboo palace, a beautiful tiered structure surrounded by jungle that I was able to climb for a photo...I will remember this moment forever!

This is a very unique and special experience for art lovers and historians and architecture buffs. I highly recommend it and it is worth the trip to Xilitla (7-8 hours drive from Mexico City) if you stay 2-3 nights. There is plenty to do besides the park, there are activities and hiking and a nice waterfall to enjoy.
Written 1 August 2022
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Victoria
146 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I was very disappointed by today's visit:
- Rude and uneducated personnel: only one person could speak English and he was not working at the entrance
- No information how to buy the tickets at the entrance, you have to ask people and they do not speak English
- The garden itself is hugely overpriced, as it does not contain any interesting objects, most of the exhibited are either unfinished, either in a deteriorating state. And you have to pay 150! MXN per person. May be not as much for European standards but we could visit Teotihuacan for 80 MXN.
Written 17 November 2021
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Jesus Orozco
Fontana, CA13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
As of March 19, 2021 nobody under the age of 12 is allowed inside. Tickets have to be bought at the museum at the center of Xilitla or at one of the tour places here not at the actual garden
Written 20 March 2021
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AstralTravel
Playa del Carmen, México761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Picture yourself being transported to your wildest dream, to a land of creatures of the nature and out of this world scenery.

You have to get a guide, you could hire someone at the entrace and they will tell you about the tales, the construction and the story of the creator and his friends.

Our guide told us so many people visit, it is deteriorating very quickly. They have talked about closing it permanently to the public so go before its too late!
Written 1 October 2020
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Magnus P
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I was in Xilitla for unrelated reasons, but fortunately I also took the time to see the garden which is a twenty minute walk outside the town of Xilitla, in dense rainforest along a crystal clear stream that begins in a waterfall that falls one hundred yards down the cliff. The "garden", which is in fact a piece of jungle, stands naturally with rainforest trees covered by bromeliads, orchids, hanging lianas and lush ferns, and the sound of flowing water and subtropical birds.

Out of the garden stands a peculiar and mysterious architectural work, buildings of concrete, with bamboo-like pillars that rise in competition with the trees, house-like structures without roof or walls, spiral staircases that disappear into nothingness and bridges that no roads reach. The strong colors of the cement flowers can be seen under layers of moss, and the roots of the trees are breaking through the molded surfaces.

The impression is dreamlike, both in its beauty and its absurdity, and the absurd is reinforced by the occasional but alienating presence of other tourists and coasters who bring the dream world into reality. (I was apparently lucky to be there on a quiet day, it is probably worth it to come during the week and early in the morning and outside of vacations)

Anyone who appreciates surrealism should visit the sculpture garden in Xilitla, where there is also a museum dedicated to the late works of surrealist Leonora Carrington - including many great large iron sculptures.
Written 7 April 2020
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Ignacio R
Brisbane, Australia18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I had seen examples of wannabe artists with too much money to spend in the past, hence I didn't expect too much of this place. Even then I was disappointed.
One of the tag lines of the place is that the development of the site had no plan, nor were architects or engineers involved and boy, does it show.
You are basically paying to see an abandoned construction site, a collection of crumbling structures, most of which can't even be visited due to safety concerns, and all the while surrounded by large, noisy tour groups. This is even sadder because we were lucky enough to visit on a weekday; weekends and holidays must truly make you reconsider your life choices while you wait for hours to get in.
And in case you wondered: yes the price has been hiked up yet again, it is by far the most expensive place in the Huasteca Potosina, and that is not considering the abusive self appointed traffic controllers that charge you to park on the public road!
On the plus side you cannot but admire the marketing effort that successfully promoted this mediocre place into a "must-see wonder". Kudos to you, guys!
Written 4 March 2020
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Estimado 407ignacior lamentamos muchos que tu visita no haya sido lo que esperabas. Queremos compartirte que el Jardín es el resultado de muchas décadas de planeación, no fue algo por generación espontánea. Incluso la sensación de no estar terminado es intencional, así como la invasión por plantas, pensado como un lugar para poblarse por la naturaleza. James dijo que este santuario lo hizo para que habitaran sus ideas y sus quimeras. Es un lugar íntimo de un creador, que reflejaba sus más profundas reflexiones de sus sueños, un espacio íntimo, que a diferencia de otros surrealistas, creaba para el mismo. Este proyecto abierto al público ha representado un reto, nunca tuvo la idea de hacer edificios, lo que visitamos son esculturas que fueron edificadas para ser sólo recorridas por él. Son interesante las distintas visiones que se han dado desde el siglo pasado en el mundo del arte. Por un lado, hay artistas que presentan obras terminadas, mientras que otros se detienen y reflexionan depositando el valor artístico en el proceso mismo. James adelantado en su momento, se enfocó al proceso, la muerte lo sorprendió y sus obras estaban en constante movimiento. El lugar representa un reto arduo con respecto a su conservación ya que como bien mencionas es frágil, no por estar mal construido, sino por las condiciones climáticas extremas a las que está expuesto. Te sorprenderá saber que muchos ingenieros, artistas y arquitectos han visitado el lugar, todos intrigados por las soluciones que encontró en conjunto con grandes albañiles de Xilitla para realizar esas obras, que sin duda son un reto hasta para el más diestro. Este espacio no es el resultado del marketing, incluso desde hace varios años está declarado como patrimonio artístico de Mexico y está en la lista indicativa del patrimonio mundial por su carácter único en el mundo. Reconocemos que la gran afluencia de públicos ha desatado inercias, las cuales y en lo que nos corresponde, estamos haciendo grandes esfuerzos para que se transformen. Muy pronto arrancaremos con una nueva etapa para mejora la visita sobre todo en temporadas de alto flujo de visitantes.
Written 5 March 2020
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Ramon A
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I wanted to see this place since I was a child and finally I was able to go. The nature is pristine, the constructions are beautiful, crazy, surreal. I highly recommend to go there while in the Huasteca
Written 29 January 2020
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