Xilitla’s famous attraction is Las Pozas, a bizarre but beautiful linked series of concrete temples, pagodas, bridges, pavilions, sculptures and spiral stairways built adjacent to an idyllic series of waterfalls. Though the project was never completed – the jungle encroaches on the half-finished structures – this is an amazing place.

The surreal creation stands as a monument to the imagination and excessive wealth of Edward James, as well as to the expertise of site manager Plutarco Gastelum and the skill of local workers who cast the elaborate constructions in the 1960s and 1970s.

Guided tours are available (Spanish/English M$200/250).