Xilitla is a an easy five or six hour drive from Tampico if you are used to deep foot deep potholes, random dirt roads and 20 percent grades that bottom out your car. Since I am now teaching ESL on Friday evenings, Peter (our friend from VT), David, Shannon (an ATS friend) and I met Chip, Aliesha, Zachery, Johanna and their two girls at hotel that sported warm sulfur springs, a cave with bats, giant bugs and a fresh, but ripe, dead dog in it, It was a huge resort with few guests.
After poking about there, we continued on to Xilitla. Xilitla is a town nestled in in the mountains west and a little south of here. It is like a magic kingdom, surrounded by lush jungle with a few cow farms chiseled out of it.
The highlight of this place is the jungle garden that Edward James built in the forties through the eighties. This garden sports gigantic concrete (of course) sculptures in the jungle called it Los Pozashttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_James . It was fascinating as I hope you can see from the pictures. In the hotel where we stayed they displayed the wooden forms used to create the sculptures.
The next day we spent in and out of the town. In town we wandered about, acquainting ourselves with the friendly neighborhood dogs, the lovely people, and the dancers in the church square. The pictures tell it all, and those of you who know me well know that I was in my element in the mountains with the wood nymphs, cows, friends, and mud.
The ride home was an adventure of buying a giant bag of oranges, meeting Angel and his friend, and driving in the dark. People told me it was dangerous to drive at night in Mexico, and they were right. We caught some serious air on speed bumps, which do not show up very well in the dark especially since the 2004 Mazda 4 made lights that have a span of about two inches in front of the car. We made it home just in time to miss one of the play off football games.