Ghost Town Mineral de Pozos
Mineral de Pozos, situated 28 km from San José Iturbide, is now considered Pueblo Fantasma – a Ghost Town. It used to be a very rich place because of its mines of gold, silver and copper; and the first in the state of Guanajuato to have electricity. It was in the 18th ct when the Jesuits founded their houses here and an extremely important mine Santa Brígida.
In the 19th ct its 80,000 inhabitants and prosperity started declining. It was rediscovered now by tourists and artists because of its solitude and unique haunted atmosphere.
The place is absolutely magical. The ruins, the mines and all the feelings you get here are so particular. You will go back in time during the day, and feel like in a place of ghosts at night. Hence the name – Ghost town.
You can visit some mines, among them the mine San Rafael, it costs 25 pesos to go down the mine, just hold the rope. Before entering make sure the person guiding there confirms you there is light inside the mine. At the bottom be careful because it is filled with water.
Then visit Plaza Zaragoza, Parroquia San Pedro and Juarez Garden; some art galleries and the shop where they sell dolls in a traditional dress from all the regions in Mexico. Mineral de Pozos is a place of some musical events, such as Mariachi or la Toltequidad.
Where to stay or eat in here? The best hotel is Posada de las Minas in the centre of Mineral de Pozos. The building was built in the 19th ct and served as miners’ inn, now restored in the Porfirian style, with many flowers, cactus, bar, restaurant. The visitors can choose from 6 rooms and 2 apartments with private bath, most of them have floor heating and fireplaces too.
It is very authentic and the food served here is honestly delicious. The hotel is full of many various handicrafts and if you are lucky, you can get the chance to listen to a concert of pre-hispanic musical instruments from the area played in the restaurant of the hotel. Then you can buy the instruments as a souvenir. Posada de las Minas is a perfect place to celebrate weddings, birthday, anniversaries or concerts.
The photos in this post were taken by my friend Mederick Mireles Moreno as mine were lost when my laptop was stolen.
My trip to Ghost Town Mineral de Pozos and Posada de las Minas was a press trip done by Consejo Turístico de San José Iturbide. Thanks once again for their big support. However, all the opinions in this post are honest and just of my own.