Be surprised by the Edward James Surrealist Garden

Xilitla , San Luis Potosí

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Known in ancient times as the “Athens” of Huasteca, Xilitla owes its early prosperity to its coffee plantations and later earned international fame by the opening of the Sculpture Garden of the English millionaire Edward James.

In the surrealist garden, there is a small town lost within the deep forest, with temples surrounded by rivers, pools, caves and waterfalls imbibing all of the sacred traditions of earth. 

While wandering through the gardens, find your way through the incomplete staircases that become bridges leading to nowhere. Peak through the gothic windows and go around stone snakes and spherical constructions that seem to be drawn from a dreamscape that is defying gravity and time.  Live the magic of the Pools, where nothing is conventional, official or encapsulated.

Walk to the top of the Stairway to Heaven or travel in time through the Path of the Seven Serpents; the sculptures will spell you thanks to the magic of the designs of their founder, an English traveler who lived in the region during the second half of the 20th Century.


The Edward James Museum houses various personal items and photographs belonging to the poet and promoter of the surrealist art of the time. The museum is next to the old Plutarco Gastelum House, now a hotel called Posada El Castillo.

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