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2005-01-22 - 7:19 p.m.

Las Pozas

Las Pozas is the surrealistic concrete garden in the middle of the jungle, dreamt up by English eccentric Edward James ("eccentric" as opposed to "crazy," because he was loaded). It cost five million dollars to build, and I can only imagine that it employed a fair amount of the residents of Xilitla, for quite some time. It's a big concrete playground in the middle of the jungle, huge structures poking up out of the overgrowth.

Concrete snakes:

The waterfall, and a picture of Edward James himself, at the bottom right:

Me and Armando, looking dramatic, after hiking to a secluded pool at the base of the waterfall, and before skinnydipping (yes, there are pictures, and no, I'm not going to post them here):

And the next day, we drove back, a different route this time, with less traffic, where the landscape changed from jungle to coniferous forest before going back to desert.

We passed many small towns with very large churches, and I was unintentionally very color coordinated:

Back in the desert, we stopped at Media Luna, a little oasis with swimming, scuba diving (really, I saw it, scuba diving in this little patch of fresh water in the middle of the desert), and camping. We went swimming, and it all would have been very nice, except that the first thing I managed to do was sit in a pile of red ants, and it turned out that cold water severely aggravated a muscle injury of Armando's. So we left fairly quickly, tired and sore and disgruntled, and made our way to San Luis Potosi, where we stayed one night in a charmless but centrally located hotel before heading back to Zacatecas.

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