Las Pozas Rainforest Gardens

Dates

Dec - Apr

Country

Mexico

Price Range

$

Why Las Pozas Rainforest Gardens?

So an eccentric millionaire surrealist decides to build a park in the middle of a Mexican rainforest…

Sounds like the start of a crazy joke, but in fact, it was the start of the Las Pozas, which translates to “The Pools”.

This bizarre and beautiful park is filled with towering surrealist sculptures: ruins of buildings that never existed, staircases that lead to nowhere, and intricate stone structures that look like they belong to an alien world.

That was all deliberate: what do you expect from a man who gave patronage to artists like Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali?

What To Expect At Las Pozas Rainforest Gardens.

The park spans 80 acres and is filled with natural waterfalls and pools as well as the utterly incredible sculptures, which have been partially reclaimed by the jungle only adding to their intrigue. Las Pozas’ creator, British millionaire Edward James, started the garden in 1949 and spent the next 35 years adding to it bit by bit.

Apparently, James had a bit of a giggle at the expense of future generations when he created the park: he loved to bewilder people and hoped one day it might be discovered and mistaken for the ruins of some lost civilisation.

Knowing the real story doesn't make the park any less magical or exquisite: on the contrary, eccentric millionaire surrealists should come about more often!

In Short

  • Surrealist wonderland
  • Beautiful waterfalls and pools
  • Otherworldly sculptures
  • A crazy, interesting backstory
Beth Barrett
Beth Barrett Author & Events Manager