With more than four centuries of history, Mineral de Pozos has a great architectural heritage for you to visit. Its remains tell the story of the mining boom this place went through, the fortune its inhabitants were able to gather and its gradual abandonment. Guanjuato’s arid landscape camouflages the walls of forbidding haciendas, such as the walls of Santa Brigida, of the Cinco Señores and of the Triangulo, where up to one thousand people used to work.
For this tour you’ll need a car. Contact a good guide who will show you how to get to the haciendas. Marco Antonio Sanchez, who you will find in front of the Plaza de Zaragoza, downtown Pozos, will tell you all about the story of this Magic Town in Guanajuato. Put on some sunscreen, a hat, and get ready to listen to the history of what used to be a great mining town.
If you like taking photographs, don’t forget your camera. The gnawed wall of the haciendas contrasting with the cacti and agaves make excellent pictures. If you are taking your family, the children will have lots of fun playing among the stone labyrinths. Everyone will love imagining those buildings housing huge machines that pulverized up to 150 tons of rock extracted from the mine, to obtain silver, gold and other minerals.
Marco will also tell you how it was that the film industry gave Mineral de Pozos de nudge it needed to find its new tourist vocation. Back in the 60s, filmmaker Carlos Velo chose this forgotten place as the setting for his film “Pedro Páramo”, the famous novel written by Juan Rulfo. He did not have to invest in the setting: everything was there already, naturally playing its role of desolation.
That film, starring John Gavin and Ignacio López Tarso, highlighted Mineral de Pozos, which gradually earned its reputation as a “ghost town”, to later become one of the five Magic Towns with which Guanajuato delights its visitors. We must warn you: a place so photogenic and serene as Mineral de Pozos can fill you with the irresistible desire to remain here and enjoy the serenity of its horizon.