I arrived in Xilitla after dark and asked to be taken to Posada el Castillo. Instead, the driver took me to Las Pozas. There was a room! Apparently, although it's not hugely common knowledge, for about U.S. $30 you can rent one of the small guesthouses in the middle of Las Pozas. Do it. You can roll out of bed early and go play in the jungle before anyone else gets there.
Note: the showers are excellent, with plenty of hot water. Rooms are what might be described as rustic; they are clean, though, and safe, and very, very cool.
HELLO, IT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF LAS POZAS. If you buy a flashlight at the tiendita, you can go exploring allllll night. Although if you do that you might die; it is hard enough not to die during the day. But this is easy to overlook, given the fact that you are basically in heaven.
The people who work at Las Pozas are great and accommodating; Mr. Night Guard, for example, carries a scary-looking machete but will be able to come up with some bebidas for you even if you arrive after everyone else is ensconced for the night.
There is also a lot to be said for putting on your bathing suit, grabbing a towel, and swimming in the waterfall pools all afternoon, then walking two minutes back across the grounds, through the anillo, and up to your guesthouse to the nice shower.
El Castillo was designed and constructed by Plutarco Gastélum and was home to Edward James while building his Enchanted Garden at Las Pozas.
Nowconverted into a guest house offering 7 spacious bedrooms, dining room, game room, pool, TV room and library, El Castillo is a continuation-in-town of the design, sculptures and structures of James's fantastic vision.
(Information and pictures taken from www.surf-mexico.com)
At El Castillo you can see many of the concrete forms used for the casting of his ornate sculptures in the jungle. The Guest House also affords a stunning view of the valley and La Silleta mountain in the distance.
Located right in the middle of Xilitla's main attraction, the Enchanted Garden. Edward James built a couple of small squared rooms for himself within his surrealist garden while he was in the middle of it's construction.
Nowadays you can have a surrealist dream of your own or at least sleep within this man's dream because these rooms have been transformed into rooms for rent.
This is definetely the place to stay.
Located in the heart of Edward James' Enchanted Garden.
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