Travel Tuesday: A Ghost Town

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:

Going down one of the shafts
Lavandar Farm

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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2 Responses to Travel Tuesday: A Ghost Town

  1. Brigitte says:

    Great article and wonderful pictures.


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