Thursday, September 29, 2011

Xilitla, Mexico and the Edward James Garden

I arrived in Xilitla. The town is nestled between the sides of two hills and curves around a crevice. Xilitla is know for two things - natural springs for swimming and the Edward James Garden. The two just happen to be next to each other.
After a two hour ride I was ready for some cooling off in the springs, the gardens could wait. I don't know why I'm tending to gravitate to water holes, but I have yet to be disappointed by the beauty and quality of the springs in Mexico.
When I arrived at the springs I didn't waste time, I stripped down to my shorts and jumped in. There were actually about three pools at different levels all stacked along the hillside. At the the top was a cascada (waterfall) that was feeding the pools. I suppose that the waterfall was being fed by a spring at the top.
I relaxed for about an hour. Some more people showed up, so I decided that it would be a good time to check out the garden.
Edward James was a patron of the arts and an artist himself. He was friends and greatly influenced by Salvador Dali. He and a friend Plutarco Gastelum build a huge garden with a collection of surreal structures. He didn't finish the garden nor all the structures so the site is part garden and part relic.
Entrance to the garden.
Sculptures or relic... you tell me?
Collection of pieces
Art is in the eye of the beholder.

After spending time in the springs and garden I found a nice hotel in Xilitla and decided to settle for a day or two.


  1. thanks for all the updates, troy! sounds like it's been a great trip so far.

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