There’s something magical and enticing about a ghost town. Walking around you can imagine what life was like for the inhabitants, playing out scenarios in your head. A few weeks ago I joined a group on a day trip to Mineral de Pozos (in Guanajuato State) and the ghost mines, which also happens to be one of 132 Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns) in México .
[Pueblos Mágicos are recognized by Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism for special qualities such as unique folklore, rich history, stunning natural beauty and tourism infrastructure.]
The Mineral de Pozos area was home to several nomadic indigenous tribes until Spanish invasion in the 16th century. The town itself was founded in the 18th century and was a booming silver and gold mining town with 50,000 miners at its peak. An unfortunate flooding accident occurred in 1938 which resulted in the mining work being abandoned and the town depopulated. It is believed to be haunted as the bodies of the 7,000+ miners that were killed were not able to be recovered. There is definitely a haunting beauty amongst the ruins.
Our group spent the day walking around the abandoned mining area and even going down in one of the mine shafts. We ended the day at the Lavandar Farms of Pozos. Enjoy some of my favorite photos of the day:
Great article and wonderful pictures.