: Querétaro, Mexico
: Mexico Highway 57
: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
: Posada de las Minas
: San Miguel de Allende
: Posada de las Minas
This great home is located in the center of Mineral de Pozos ('Pozos'), a 500 year-old mining town in the high plains of central Mexico. The region is known for its rocky, cactus-filled landscape and its many picturesque ruins of 18th- and 19th-century mining buildings. Once an opulent city of 80,000 inhabitants, at the turn of the 20th century Pozos suffered a decline that left it sitting as a ghost town for almost fifty years.
In recent years, the town has been making a remarkable resurgence. Its authentic and picturesque jardin has been refurbished and newly landscaped, power lines have been buried beneath its cobblestone streets, and the Mexican government – in a move to protect the authenticity and history of the place – has declared Pozos to be a “Pueblo Magico.” The town has now grown to about 3,000 people, an almost entirely Mexican population, but including a number of artists and writers from abroad, who have built homes and studios in Pozos.
Except for fiesta times, when the town comes alive with celebration -- a mariachi festival in early June, a blues festival in July, the fiesta of the patron saint on October 3, and the Christmas holidays -- Pozos is a quiet Mexican town. For tourists and other short-time visitors, the attractions of Pozos are its authentic Mexican atmosphere, its growing fine arts environment, and its surrounding countryside, which provides adventurous hiking, mountain biking, and spelunking.
Pozos now offers four hotels and B&B's, four restaurants, three art galleries, a dozen artists studios, and a new health spa. Ruins of the old mining buildings, which are among the favorite hiking spots, are located in the countryside surrounding the town.
Today there are two full-service hotels, two B&B's, and four restaurants in Pozos. The major hotel, Posada de las Minas, with its excellent restaurant and bar, is located immediately next door to this rental property. The Posada has also opened a spa and health club facility, which is available for a daily or monthly fee.
For long-term visitors, Pozos is ideally located as a base from which to explore all of central Mexico. The colonial city of Querétaro (“the great and relatively undiscovered city of Mexico”) is 40 minutes away; San Miguel de Allende with its many attractions is 30 minutes by car; the eastern range of the Sierra mountains, including all the Spanish missions and the famous fantasy gardens of Edward James, are just two hours to the northeast. Mexico Highway 57, the main north-south artery through central Mexico is ten minutes west of Pozos. There are international airports at Querétaro (one hour away), San Luis Potosí (one hour), Leon/Guanajuato (two hours), and Mexico City (three hours).
Banking, grocery stores and pharmacies, doctors and hospitals, and most other modern facilities can be found in San Luis de la Paz, a city of approximately 30,000 people, only a ten-minute drive from Pozos.