Mineral De Pozos mini-trip report


May 23rd, 2017, 03:47 PM
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Mineral De Pozos mini-trip report

Short time ago, there was a post with a link about Pozos in Guanajuato. But the post didn't offer any other supporting info, such as how to get there, what to do, etc. So thought I'd complete the thought.
Pozos is located some 45 minutes from either San Miguel or Dolores Hidalgo in Guanjauto State, or maybe an hour and change from Queretaro. It is a "Pueblo Magico", which mostly means that a town designated as such qualifies for some federal tourist pesos because it usually has some visual or historic value, of which Pozos has both. Or maybe the local officials managed to finagle the designation by other means.
The only way to get there via public transportation is either from San Luis De La Paz from the north, or San Jose Iturbide from the south, then a local bus/combi. Or taxi. There is no taxi service in Pozos itself, as it is still a tiny village. The mine ruins are about a 2 mile walk uphill from the highway, so it can be quite a climb. So, if you can arrange a taxi, have him take you up the hill and wait. Few taxis pass through town. Otherwise, arrange for a private driver/rental from whatever nearby town you're staying in. The main village center is walkable and quite pleasant.
Most of the mine shafts are closed for safety reasons, and some of the old buildings are now fenced off because of vandals; that wasn't the case a few years ago. But there are still some worthwhile photo ops. The main mine area requires I think a 20 peso entrance fee, and it's probably worth it to go ahead and enter as long as you've made the effort to get there. As the article noted, the largest of the abandoned buildings has been converted into an art school. There is little lodging in town, so hopefully the school will offer something.
If you go, try the weekends as that's when all of the shops/galleries will be open, few as there are. There may be an artisan's market going as well. There are a couple of shops that specialize in hand made indigenous musical instruments, I've included a pic of one such in the above photo link. But whenever you may go, Pozos is almost always devoid of tourists. So being up among the ruins is silent and gives the place kind of an eerie ambience. It's not really a destination town, unless you want to lounge around the very nice Hotel Posada De Las Minas. Link attached. They've got a great restaurant as well.
A number of movies were partly filmed there, including I believe, The Mask Of Zorro for you movie trivia types.
You could make a longer day with a stop in Iturbide, a handsome, if not spectacular, town about 20 minutes away.
Anyway, it's a charming little place and worth the effort to get there.
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May 23rd, 2017, 07:17 PM
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Oct 11th, 2017, 12:41 PM
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Very nice, Baldone. Pozos and Iturbide might have never been on my radar otherwise. Sounds like it was a nice day trip out. That hotel looks lovely too.
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Oct 12th, 2017, 07:02 AM
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Some years ago we stayed in Pozos -- empty and enjoyable.
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