Mexico Travel Journal: Mineral de Pozos, Abandonded Mines, Lavender Farms, and Mezcal Tasting
My Mexico travel journal has been in the works for a bit now, for the last couple of months I've been across central Mexico, in March, I'll be doing a bit more travel in the south, and then up to the Yucatan.
While I actually lived a bit of my childhood in Guanajuato, I had never heard of this tiny town called Mineral de Pozos. The reason for that? It's been largely abandoned until a couple of years ago when it was named one of Mexicos Pueblos Magicos, helping amp up tourism, especially to the many abandoned mines in the area.
I think you would be totally happy staying a couple days here as long as your okay with a more traditional town that doesn't have a lot of contemporary amenities, we saw a lot of really cute spa hotels, I'd probably recommend trying one of those! But otherwise, this is a town that's great for a day trip from San Miguel de Allende or Queretaro.
Here are my suggestions for your trip:
- Look up the directions first and make sure to confirm, our maps on our phones didn't give us great directions, and there aren't many clear signs. But, pro tip (especially if you speak a little Spanish), if you make it to the centro there's a little tourist booth where they'll give you a map and answer any questions for free.
- My personal recommendation, skip getting a tour. However, if you have a bit of an older crow, probably a good idea!!
- Get a tour at the Lavender Farm
- Then head over to Mina de Santa Brigida, I think they charge $50 pesos per person, plus they offer a tour for donations. This place in particular is super cool because there' a little mezcal bar where they give you a free tasting as well as some snacks to try! Love this!
- If you still feel up to head, head over to the other big abandoned mine Mina Cinco Senores
- Finish it up by walking around the centro and grabbing an ice cream from one of the vendors!