Less than 100 years ago it was a flourishing gold, copper and silver mining town. But when the mines were depleted, the population dwindled, leaving abandoned houses and mines.
When we first drove into town, it didn't look too bad, as you can see from the first picture below.
But as we drove deeper into town we discovered that it truly was a ghost town. Almost all the streets were completely deserted. We saw very few people around, mostly near the main street of town. We tried to find a guide to take us into the mine shafts, but there were none around. One guy gave me directions to the mines and said we may find a guide there. He said he was a guide himself, but today he was too busy. So we drove several kilometers out of town on a dusty dirt road, only to find even more abandoned settlements.
We did, however, find an oasis in the midst of it all. Posada de Las Minas is a small hotel with rooms above and a courtyard restaurant on the lower level. It was a welcome retreat and the food was wonderful.
I had grilled fish with a spicy tomato, pepper and garlic sauce, topped with olives, along with veggies and Spanish rice. It was just as good as the soup. Ron had a huge steak, salad and french fries. He said it was the best steak he has ever had.
I imagine some tourists come through Mineral de Pozos to see the abandoned mines, but it is a bit off the beaten path. I can't imagine that the hotel and restaurant do a booming business though. Even so, the food was fresh, well prepared and delicious.