Overnight in Pozos

View from our hotel apartment.

WE PASSED the 15-year point in our happy matrimony back in April. We had intended to go to the beach for a couple of days for the occasion, but we never got around to it.

Then I remembered our previous visit to a place called Mineral de Pozos. That first jaunt was eight or 10 years ago. It was mostly a ghost town, having previously thrived due to mines in the area, but those good times were long gone.

We hopped in the Honda and headed there this past weekend for a way-overdue anniversary blow-out.

Pozos, as it is usually called, reminded me of Real de Catorce, another ghost town resurrected by tourism.

A Brad Pitt movie called The Mexican was filmed in Real de Catorce. It was a fun flick. Also starred Julia Roberts.

The traffic was insufferable. Can you see my child bride?

But forget Brad and Julia. We’re talking about Mineral de Pozos here. Way back when, the town had another name, Ciudad de Porfirio Díaz, after the old dictator.

During our first visit, I thought, “This place will never get off the ground.” It was primarily shells of old stone buildings, mangy dogs and deserted streets.

We had driven up there from San Miguel de Allende, just for a few hours. We didn’t spend the night.

We noticed a couple of hotels that were under construction. We poked our heads into one during that visit, and it coincidentally was the same hotel we stayed in Sunday night.

Part of our hotel.

It’s called Posada de Las Minas, and it’s a very nice place. The hotel consists of eight rooms and two apartments, the difference being that the apartments are larger and have kitchens.

Since the apartments cost the same as the rooms, 1,800 pesos, we opted for an apartment. The view from the windows and balcony was spectacular, and the hotel has a great restaurant.

Old street goes up thataway.

Since our first visit, Pozos has been named one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos. Magic Towns. We Mexicans are fond of thinking ourselves as magic in one way or another.

Here on the mountaintop is also officially magic.

If a Mexican town has a cobblestone street, the chances of the government calling it magic are pretty good.

The designation seems to have given Mineral de Pozos a shot in the proverbial arm because when we returned Sunday, things had picked up considerably.

Of particular note is an art school that’s being constructed on the edge of town, an art school that will be the largest in Mexico and, according to some, the biggest in Latin America.

We drove by the place, which is not yet open. It’s huge and beautiful, as an art school should be. Even the dusty neighborhood is being renovated in spots.

As mentioned, we were there just one night. The bed was comfy, the view was wonderful, the restaurant was delish, and the art school was stupendous.

We’re not likely to make a third visit, however.

It’s just a one-hour drive northeast of the Gringo-infested burg of San Miguel de Allende, which is where we had lunch on the drive up and again on the return trip.

But we’re back home now, and happy for that. And well into our 16th year of matrimonial bliss.

Little plaza in Pozos.

17 thoughts on “Overnight in Pozos

  1. Have you ever done the cobblestone road to Real? An hour of bone jarring fun. My bride commented that she was sure that Brad & Julia drove it everyday of filming. NOT! But it was worth the trip.


    1. Steve: Well, sure. Unless you helicopter in, I don’t think there is any other way to get there. As for Brad and Julia, I imagine they did helicopter in, or just drove in, checked into the best hotel, and did not leave till the filming was done. Only a part of the movie was shot there.

      The tunnel is not so bad, but that cobblestone road to get to the tunnel would keep me from ever returning. It was worth the one visit, just as Pozos was worth the one overnight and the hour or two a decade ago. Won’t be going back to either place, however.


    1. Thanks, Mike. It’s my longest-running marriage. The first lasted a bit over five years, the second 10 years. However, I lived with No. 2 for about 19 years, so I have four more years to go in order to top all previous records. Hope I make it. Keep your fingers crossed.

      Toes too.


  2. About 15 years ago I wore out a set of shocks on a Suburban with 16″ tires going in and out of that cobblestone road to Real de Catorce. A large tour bus with huge tires passed us as if it was a smooth highway. The town was exceptionally charming. To go again it will definitely be by tour bus.


    1. Carlos: The tour bus driver was clearly a Mexican. They only know one way to drive, pedal to the metal. I’ll bet the passengers were bouncing off the bus ceiling.


      1. It definitely did not appear that way. The size of the tires is what makes the difference. A motor scooter with 13″ tires care barely navigate cobblestone.


  3. Oh, wow! A little gem. Another in the jewelry box of little towns of Mexico. I’m putting this on my list. Thanks. Great photos. And Happy Anniversary.


    1. Angeline: It is worth one visit, especially since it’s just an hour outside of San Miguel. You’d need a car. I doubt any buses go directly there. I was under the impression the art school had opened, and it was one of the reasons I wanted to visit. But, alas, it was not.

      Thanks for the anniversary wishes.

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        1. Ms. Shoes: You obviously have not seen the school in the flesh, so to speak. It’s enormous, almost a small town, spread all over the place with its own streets and sidewalks. Better reserve judgment.


    1. Señor Cotton: Looking at your photos of the mine area again, especially the half-fallen buildings, reminds me of how much of downtown Pozos looked during our first visit. Some of it still does.


  4. oh goodness felipe, your wife ate a bunny! i once walked out of a restaurant in italy where they served CAT-guess bunnies are a more common food item though. well, to each his own. i do eat frog legs-yum-yum!!!!!

    why can’t you walk in the rain? oh right, you’re not a seattlelite 😉


    1. oh, teresa, you are an eternal hoot. internet-wise. you meant to leave this comment on the other post, not this one.

      but yes, she ate the bunny. i’ve never eaten frog legs. some things you do not eat on principle. bunnies, frogs …


      1. I’ve eaten both rabbit and frog’s legs. Of the two, I prefer the rabbit.
        The best rendition so far has been “Conejo a las Brasas” (grilled), at La Mesa de Blanca in Ziracuaretiro. They also offer a three-citrus juicy version of rabbit. Kind of sweet and sour. I like the bunny a las brasas best.

        What about *escamoles* (ant eggs)? I’ll pass on the those.

        Don Cuevas


        1. I have to say, don Cuevas, that I am surprised you will not eat ant eggs. I thought you would try anything. I would not eat ant eggs either. Or frog legs or bunny. Some things one just does not eat on general principle. Gotta maintain civilized standards.


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