Real de Catorce, SLP, Mexico

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Real de Catorce was an abandoned mining town in a remote area in the state San Luis Potosí. It was a long way to get there – first to the state capital, then a bus to Matehuala, then another two buses to the town.

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The town only had a one-way tunnel and so it took quite a while getting in it. It’s quite small and honestly, I didn’t find it all that interesting.

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San Luis Potosí, México

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My trip to San Luis Potosí, the state capital of the same name, was originally for Real de Catorce and the Edward James garden, but the city turned out to be my favourite. I’m glad I didn’t skip it.

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Whilst Puebla is definitely nice and colonial, SLP isn’t shabby either. The historic centre was absolutely beautiful and a hotel room in the centre of the town was incredibly cheap.

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It’s quite lively, with loads of people partying. The restaurants closed early though.

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My favourite shot.

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They copied Carrie Underwood’s Grammy performance.

Xilitla / Las Pozas (Edward James), SLP, Mexico

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Xilitla, another magical town. I travelled to San Luis Potosí, the state capital, then headed to Ciudad Valleys, then got another bus to the town. The town itself had nothing.

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The main attraction is the surrealist garden designed by Oxford-educated architect Edward James. It’s very far from the town actually, and I got off and walked up the hill to it. After that, I hitchhiked to the town (dangerous, I know).

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I couldn’t be bothered to actually go inside though. The queue was three-hour long and we were less than two hours before closing. It was the end of a very tiring trip and so I just observed it from the outside for a while and left.

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