Talikg about Xilita, San Luis Potosi, places in the mind words such as magic, art, surrealism, exuberance, adventure and coffee. It is not only about the place chosen by the English Edward James to create a Surreal Garden unique in the world, but also a Magic Town of Mexico, where hours elapse among deep blue skies, scent to coffee, and the whisper of waterfalls and rivers falling on fresh and transparent pools. There is no other place where nature and man have expressed their surreal side in such a harmonious manner than in Xilitla.
History of Las Pozas, where the Surreal Garden is located, dates since 1947, when Edward James, in a semi-exile, acquired the coffee farm “Xilitla”. During several years, James used this space to seed orchids and as a home for exotic animals. It was until 1962 when he started to think about the structure of a garden with surreal sculptures, inspired in the orchids he had sown and in the typical vegetation of Huasteca Potosina. James spent a fortune to pay workers and craftsmen to make his artistic fantasies come true. When he died, in 1984, he had completed 36 sculptures, spread in almost 81 thousand square meters of jungle. With a gothic and Egyptian influence, sculptures simulate stairs which lead nowhere, castles, houses, sequences of columns which join their dream-like beauty to the exuberance of La Huasteca.
Xilitla, Magic Town, is a dream apart. Its main square is governed by the sober presence of the former Convento Agustino (Augustine Convent), built in 1557 by missioners of the same order, which is the oldest building of San Luis Potosi. It is not strange to find music groups interpreting Huasteca huapangos (typical music of the region). Abundance in fruits is seen in its markets full of color. Coffee continues being an important product and techniques have been applied to produce it in a sustainable manner. Enchiladas huastecas with cecina (dry meat), cow barbecue, chicharrones (fried pig skin) and carnitas (fried pork meat) are typical dishes of Xilitla, which are accompanied with beverages such as aguardiente (strong liquor), Jobo, Capulin and orange wine, pineapple or corn atole and candy of chayote. Xilitla is an excellent starting point to explore Sótano de las Guaguas or Golondrinas (Basement of Swallows); Caves of Xilitla, safekeeping interesting cave paintings.