Mineral de Pozos: Pueblo Mágico with interesting Haciendas

Another Tip for a day trip: Mineral de Pozos offers hikes, the charme of a Pueblo Mágico, interesting Haciendas and even former mines, which you can discover.

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In the last report we talked about the hike near the Archaeological Site Arroyo Seco - once being there you can also visit Mineral de Pozos. Both is possible in just one day.

Hint: Currently (04.07.20) the haciendas are closed for visits, the archaeological sites also. But you can visit the village.

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How to get there

Take highway 57 direction south (pass BMW plant and continue to follow the road Querétaro). After 131 km take the street 110 direction San Luis de La Paz (by the way - if you drive the other direction you will come to Dolores Hidalgo and from there e.g. to San Miguel de Allende). In San Luis de La Paz take a right on Gto46 to Mineral de Pozos. After 8.4 km you will arrive. In total you will take around 1h 45min for the 141 km from SLP.

The map shows the way to Arroyo Seco and the sights in Mineral de Pozos.

 

Where to stay

Es gibt mittlerweile ein paar schicke kleine Boutique Hotels in Mineral de Pozos zum Übernachten. Das Mineral del Cielo* befindet sich mitten im Nirgendwo, ist aber extrem schick und luxuriös – eine kleine Oase in der Wüste (Address; aktuell 203 5* Bewertungen bei Google). Wer auf einen tollen Pool, Billard und Spa steht, der sollte sich im Casa Diamante Hotel Boutique einbuchen – Besonderheit: Hier gibt es ein Bier-Spa (in einem Bierfass) (Address).

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Pueblo Mágico Mineral de Pozos

Lively history

In the small Mineral de Pozos it seems that time stopped running. It is a ghost town like Cerro de San Pedro . The first people who had settlements in the area were Chichimecas, Guachichiles or Pames. After the Spaniars under the rule of Hernán Cortés* conquered Mexico first jesuitic missionaies arrived to the area around 1576 to convert the indigenious population. After the discovery of ore (Gold, Silver, Quicksilver, Copper, etc.) Mineral the Pozos was founded. More than 50 mining companies arrived to the city and opened 360 mines. A railroad was built, light and telegraphs were installed; even the first french fabric in Mexico was founded.


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In the middle of the 19. century the mines shut down for the first time due to the Mexican independence movement. But in the second half of the century work was continued and under in times of president Porfirio Díaz the city had around 80.000 residents. After Porfirio Díaz and during the time of the great depression the prices of metals decreased and it was not worth anymore to keep the mines open. A lot of companies were forced to closed and the unemployment rate increased extremely. 1926 a few companies tried to reopen some of the mines but during blasts in the ground a water vein was hit and many mines flooded. This together with the Cristero war forced many people to leave the city. In the 1950s there ware no more than 200 people left.

Nowadays Mineral the Pozos has around 3.000 inhabitants who live from agriculture and tourism. The village attracts many artists and fotographs. The ghost town with it´s old ruins provides many nice scene for pictures. A few small hotels, restaurants and coffees developed. Once in a year the Festival Cultural de la Toltequidad takes place, a kind of Feria with traditional dances and old old music instruments.

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Nice to know:

  • The city was located on the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro*, a road which connected important mining places like Zacatecas, Guanajuato and San Luis Potosí.
  • Small puppets with different costumes from different areas of Mexico are a typical hand craft of Mineral de Pozos.
  • 1900 Porfirio Díaz found the "Escuela Modelo" - a new educational project for art- and handcraft classes in Mineral de Pozos. 2016 it was rebuilt as a center for education and art.

 

A few movies which were recorded in Mineral de Pozos:

  • Pedro Páramo 1966
  • Furias bajo el cielo 1970
  • Los Caciques 1975
  • Las Cenizas del Diputado 1976
  • Eréndira 1982
  • A Walk in the Moon 1987
  • The Penitent 1988
  • L´homme au masque d´or 1990
  • Dos Crímenes 1995
  • Pancho Villa* with Antonio Banderas 2003
  • Las Hijas de su madre: Las Buenrostro 2005

 

Finally cookings like real Mexicans - delicious!*

 

Sights

Ex-Hacienda Santa Brigada

Quicksilver was extracted from the mine below the gigantic hacienda in the past. The impressive ovens are a symbol of the city.

  • Address: Map
  • Entrance fee: 50 Peso per Person
  • Opening hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Ex-Hacienda “El Triángulo”

On the way to this Hacienda you will find old railrood cars.

  • Address: Map
  • Entrance fee: 30 Peso per Person
  • Opening hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Mina Cinco Señores

Here a guide will lead you through a small part of the old mine. There are almost no safety measures and everything is dusty - pure adventure!

  • Address: Map
  • Entrance fee: 30 Peso, Visit of the mine 100 Peso (with Guide)
  • Opening hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Hacienda San Baldomero

  • Address: Map
  • Entrance fee: free (tip expected)
  • Opening hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mina San Rafael

  • Address: Map
  • Entrance fee: free (tip expected)
  • Opening hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 


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What else can you do?

  • Quat tours: In the city center you will find some tourist information. There you can book quad tours for 350-400 Peso per hour.
  • Eat Escamoles (ant eggs) - very delicious :). Restaurant: Los Escamoles (Address)
  • Lavender fields*: North of the city you can find the Rancho de Lavanda. Here people grow Lavanda and sell products out of it. Entrance fee: 30 Peso, opening hours: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • La Casa del Venado Azul: People in Mineral de Pozos specialized on the production of ancient spanish music instruments. In the Casa del Venado Azul you can see and play some of these instruments. Entrance free, music therapie costs 250 Peso per Person; opening hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • More mines: Supposedly there are around 10 mines open for public visits.

 

Nearby

  • Dolores Hidalgo: Cradle of independence - here startet the Mexican independence movement with the Grito de Dolores
  • San Miguel de Allende: Kolonial jewel with one of the most impressive cathedrals of Mexico.
  • Querétaro: Big city, UNESCO world heritage and lots of history.
  • Sierra Gorda: Impressive nature reserve in the north of Querétaro, filled with amazing sights and a breath taking nature.
  • Archaeological Site Arroyo Seco: Beautiful walk through a small archaeological site with murals of different times.

 

Conclusion Mineral de Pozos

Was an amazing day trip! First to the Archaeological Site Arroyo Seco, then to Mineral de Pozos with it´s old Haciendas! The ghost town has a nice charme and one or another hidden sight. The Hacienda Santa Brigada and the tour through the mine in Cinco Señores were definitely my highlights.

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