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Xilitla’s Las Pozas on the most endangered list November 18, 2009

Posted by Tracy in : Latin America, Mexico , trackback

The LA Times has just released its list of most endangered cultural sites in the Americas, and a rare treasure that’s been a longtime favorite is on the list.

Las Pozas003
(Altug S. Icilensu photo)

Las Pozas, the amazing surrealist garden created by the eccentric English millionaire Edward James in the Mexican jungle near Xilitla, San Luis PotosĂ­, is succumbing to decay and the custodians of the site don’t have the wherewithal to adequately maintain and restore it.

Las Pozas was my destination in a 2007 trip through the magical Huasteca Potosina, and I wrote about it in a piece for the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle, Jungle Wonderland. Here’s a video I created in 2007 together with my cameraman at the time, Altug Icilensu.

Jungle Wonderland

Surrealist garden evokes a strange visionary’s dream

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For more videos from the Huasteca Potosina, see my multimedia page. And to learn more about Las Pozas and the effort to preserve it, visit Fondo Xilitla, which took charge of the site after my visit with the aim of raising money to protect and restore it.

Here’s the story:


1. Rob Ziebell - November 18, 2009

Thanks Tracy!

Let’s hope it is still standing for generations to come.

2. Rob Ziebell - November 18, 2009

Oh yeah… more at:


A chance to visit LAS POZAS in the virtual world before you go… or after you come back.

3. admin - November 18, 2009

Thanks for letting me know about this, Robert. For those who are unfamiliar with Rob Ziebell’s interactive virtual tour of Las Pozas, Las Pozas: Steps and Falls, take a moment to check it out. It’s truly a work of art worthy of this amazing jewel of a place.