Taxco


Taxco

612577 Taxco
The beautiful and picturesque colonial city of Taxco features several silversmith workshops. Since silver represents the origin, development, and peak of Taxco, this town is the ideal place to shop for this kind of jewelry as well as intricate crafts made of this shiny metal. You should also visit the Santa Prisca Parish Church, which dates back to the eighteenth century and is the religious symbol that identifies Taxco, emphasizing the devotion and the deeply-rooted traditions of the local people.

Taxco, an area full of historic monuments, was recently declared a ''Magic Town'', because of its beauty and the deep rooted customs of its people. The town is situated on a mountain range in the Mexican state of Guerrero, between rugged hills. Over time the people of Taxco have adapted to this harsh terrain and the town now comprises of picturesque cobblestone roads, parks and old buildings Taxco that really are a display of unsurpassable beauty.

Due to the discovery of the mineral rich fields, the area where Taxco currently lies had a special interest for the Spaniards. In 1522, Hernan Cortez named the mines of this region as "Socavon del Rey" (Tunnel of the King), which later would become the town of Taxco.

The word "taxco" comes from the Nahuatl language and means "place of the ballgame." Taxco is like an enchanting labyrinth of silver and it's definitely one of the most beautiful colonial areas of the country. This exceptional town, undoubtedly Mexico's Mecca for the production and crafting of silver, features winding cobblestone streets leading to countless historical treasures, ancient temples and museums. Taxco is inundated with works of art and colonial buildings, Taxco exciting the spirits of visitors and encouraging them to stay longer.

A lot to discover
A cable car ride is the ideal way to get a panoramic view of this beautiful city. There aren't many cable cars in Mexico, therefore you should not miss the opportunity to experience this tour that will allow you to see the hills and forests of Taxco, as well as the red tile roofs, typical of the houses in this unique town.

Taxco is a paradise for cultural travelers, because it has many buildings of a great historic and artistic value. Some of them are currently attractive museums, cozy hotels, restaurants or bars, while others continue to function as the homes of the townsfolk. One of the best preserved examples is a building that used to belong to Don Jose de la Borda, which is now the City Hall, and along with the beautiful Santa Prisca Temple, makes up Taxco's main square, known as Plaza Borda. Taxco Also worth mentioning are La Casa de las Lagrimas (The House of Tears) that is also situated in the center, named after the mistreatment given to the workers who built this place, and secondly "La Casa del Balcon" (The House of the Balcony) named after the peculiar balcony that characterizes it. This latter is located at the Agua Escondida hotel.

Along San Agustin Street, you'll find over twenty silversmiths selling jewelry and ornaments that reflect pre-Hispanic times. They also make pieces with designs so exclusive and contemporary that they've obtained international awards. In this town, the hands of the artisans and silversmiths create all kinds of high-quality objects.

The festivities, gastronomy and silversmiths in Taxco are all excellent. Without a doubt, this town is an interesting, unique choice for national and international visitors, because it has managed to preserve the historic and cultural richness of almost five centuries, and shares it proudly, for everyone's enjoyment.
612577 Where to stay in Taxco
If you are considering a Guerrero vacation, you can relax. We have no end of hip hotel options in Taxco. We have 21 places to stay within a 10-kilometre radius of the heart of Taxco.

Taxco features a selection of handy places to stay, including the Hotel Agua Escondida and Hotel Emilia Castillo.

The La Quebrada Cliffs is one of those attractions that you simply can't miss. The El Mirador Acapulco and Crowne Plaza Acapulco are within a stone's throw of La Quebrada Cliffs.

The Casa Humboldt and the Casa Humboldt each have hotels close by. The La Casa del Laurel and Hotel Real de San Diego are close to the Casa Humboldt, while the Hotel Montetaxco and Villas de la Montaña are near the Guillermo Spratling Museum.

612577 Accommodation options near the Guillermo Spratling Museum include the Hotel Boutique Pueblo Lindo and Hotel de la Borda. Alternatively, if you are interested in staying near the Santa Prisca Cathedral, your closest accommodation options include the Posada de la Mision and Hotel Posada San Javier. The Hotel Quinta Ventura is 30 kilometres from the centre of Taxco. Or, alternatively, the Hotel Boutique Santa Elena can be found 4 kilometres away. The Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas and also the Casa Domingo Hotel Petit are two other recommended hotel options in Taxco.

Toluca International Airport is your gateway to Taxco. Nearby hotels include the Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Airport and the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Toluca.

TAXCO HOTELS

612577 Activities & Things to Do
Taxco was recently declared as a Magic Town, full of historic monuments, and fantastic museums considered in Mexico as national heritage sites. Many of the main attractions in this picturesque town are wonderfully preserved colonial buildings, just waiting to be explored.

Thanks to its hilly terrain, full of rivers winding amidst lush forests, you'll find an endless number of activities and points of interest, one of the most outstanding being Grutas de Cacahuamilpa (Cacahuamilpa Caverns), located less than 20 miles away. On a walking tour of Taxco, or while enjoying an extreme sport, you may run across a badger, an armadillo, a lizard, an ocelot, or even a wildcat wandering around. In the surrounding areas of Taxco there are also lots of birds, reptiles and mammals coexisting due to the good climate, the plentiful water supply and the dense vegetation, typical of the north of Guerrero State.

Taxco City Hall Former City Hall
This incredible edifice, built at the end of the 18th century, features a mural that recounts the history of Mexico. In addition, it is furnished with period pieces that harken back to the days of powerful landowners, when horse-drawn carts rolled down the cobblestone streets. Nowadays, this building houses the City Council.

Borda House
This colonial mansion exhibits monograms of the Holy Family, as well as magnificent sacred and secular works of art distributed throughout the 14 halls. Even the hallways are adorned with pieces depicting the rich religious history of Guerrero. This museum was built in honor of Mr. Jose de la Borda, a European businessman who ordered the Santa Prisca Parish Church to be built as sign of the great love that he had for this picturesque town. La Casa de la Cultura (Taxco House of Culture) Cristo Monumental is situated inside Casa Borda where a variety of social and cultural events take place.

Cristo Monumental (Monumental Christ)
In 2002, a monumental statue of Christ was constructed and located on the Cerro del Atachi (Hill of Atachi), overlooking the city of Taxco. This statue can easily be visited by car or by walking up the hill. If you are in the area, then definitely visit this monument because the panoramic view, of the quaint town of Taxco, is simply amazing.

San Bernardino de Siena Ex-convent
This old building, featuring a beautiful neo classical facade, is one of the oldest convents on the American Continent. The original construction was made Cacahuamilpa Caverns with adobe, under the watchful eye of the Franciscan monk, Francisco de Torantos, in 1592. Once, during its long history, a fire destroyed part of this temple only to be reconstructed again, in 1804. Since then, thanks to the extreme care that the population of Taxco has given this building, it remains in an excellent condition.

Cacahuamilpa Caverns
In the southern Sierra Madre, in a mountainous area only a few minutes from Taxco, visit the Cacahuamilpa Caverns and be amazed by the marvels that Mother Nature is able to produce. Large amounts of limestone and mineral deposits that have accumulated over thousands of years can be observed throughout the inner caverns. Helped by low lighting, shadows and rock structures, visitors' imaginations work overtime as they admire the stalactites and stalagmites that have taken incredibly unique Juan O'Gorman Mural forms over thousands of years.

These marvelous caverns awaken the explorer in each person that enters. Moreover, they have a mysterious atmosphere enhanced by the many legends told by the locals, giving a unique touch to this visit that really is an amazing experience.

Juan O'Gorman Mural
This magnificent mural was created by Juan O'Gorman, creator of the famous murals that adorn the Central Library of the UNAM (Mexico's main University). These murals have given this university campus, in southern Mexico City, international fame and recognition. O'Gorman, along with his close friends Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, loved visiting Taxco. The plastic artist used the colorful local stones in this particular mural, taking advantage of their natural reds, greens and yellows to put together Viceroyal Art Museum an impressive tribute to Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor, and beloved son of the nearby area of Ixcateopan.

Viceroyal Art Museum of Taxco (Casa Humboldt)
This is an amazing museum, located in a beautiful 17th century building, known as Casa Humboldt (Humboldt House), named after the explorer Alexander Von Humboldt, who stayed in this house when he visited Taxco in 1803. This museum features a baroque style facade and 14 exhibition halls with many objects that recount the history of the city and its mining growth, as well as important information about St. Prisca Parish Church, the main construction in Taxco. Here, you can admire religious objects, a wide variety of baroque art, ornaments from the 17th and 18th centuries, and temporary art exhibitions.

History Museum of Taxco Twentieth Century Social History Museum of Taxco
One of the greatest examples of 18th century colonial architecture, this museum teaches us all about the culture and evolution of the people of Guerrero. You'll feel as if you have stepped back in time when you see the sculptures, paintings, pictures, and different ornaments, strategically placed and well-lit, to highlight their beauty and the importance of the events that have led to what is now the gorgeous village of Taxco de Alarcon.

"Antonio Pineda" Silversmith Museum
In this museum, also known as "Patio de las Artesanias" (Craft Patio), you'll be able to see Mr. Antonio Pineda's collection of silver items from many artisans and designers. He managed to amass a magnificent collection, representative of silversmiths throughout the country. William Spratling Museum Moreover, the museum also displays the works with which Mr. Pineda won national and international awards thanks to his unique designs. On the museum walls there are magnificent murals, by David Castaneda, a local artist, that tell, in a very interesting way, the recent and ancient history of Mexico.

William Spratling Museum
This museum shows us, through photographs and street plans, how the town of Taxco has evolved. Also on exhibit are about 300 pieces of pre-Hispanic art, such as vessels and statuettes, typical of the cultural diversity of ancient Mexico. This museum was built in honor of William Spratling, founder of the first silversmith in Taxco and a great promoter of local silversmith activity and the talents of Mexican artisans. He left a valuable artistic legacy for future generations to remember him by.

Santa Prisca Parish Church Inside the exhibition halls, you'll feel nostalgia for ancient Taxco upon seeing the furniture and other original items while at the same time, in contrast, you can enjoy the modern conveniences of computers available for researching any museum topic.

Santa Prisca Parish Church
This church, dedicated to Saint Prisca and Saint Sebastian, is an excellent example of New Spanish baroque art, apparent in the ''churrigueresque'' (extremely decorated) style used on its facade and the use of talavera tiles in one of its chapels, as well as in its eye-catching dome. Due to its great importance, the construction of this parish church involved several artists who gave this unique building its shape and added their own distinctive touches. On its lavish facade there are diverse sculptural forms made of pink quarry stone. Its two tall towers are embellished with images of saints, and in the center there is the image of the Immaculate Conception, The Cable Car to whom the people of Taxco are devoted followers.

Inside the church there are a total of 12 altars, each one adorned with extraordinary paintings, wood and gold leaf. Here, different saints, especially St. Sebastian and St. Prisca, are faithfully worshipped by the local people. It is difficult to describe the sensation people feel in this exceptional place, you really need to see it firsthand to feel its greatness.

The Cable Car
Taxco features a cable car that runs half a mile high for almost 200 yards; an attraction that can only be enjoyed in very few places in Mexico. Traveling all the way from Los Arcos, where the ride begins, to Monte Taxco, Holy Trinity Temple the cable car ride delights passengers with its incredible panoramic views of the city. Do not miss the opportunity to view Taxco from a truly unique perspective.

Holy Trinity Temple
This is one of the most ancient monuments in the city, dating back to the 16th Century. Despite the passing of time and the fact that this temple has been remodeled several times, it still has its original structure thanks to the extreme care taken by the local people, who consider this place as the representative symbol of faith in Taxco.
612577 Dining Experience
Taxco is not just about silver and museums, it is also worth mentioning that this rich colonial city also offers excellent cuisine. Pre-Hispanic gastronomy blends with culinary influences brought by Spanish friars, resulting in a fantastic selection of delicious recipes, served in the many restaurants of Taxco. The famous and traditional jumiles (a kind of bug) besides being tasty are a delicacy, rich in proteins and are prepared in many different ways, including in spicy sauces, in mole (a tasty brown sauce), or just in a hot hand-made tortilla with a delicious chili salsa. Served in the traditional Taxco restaurants, they are among the most popular dishes with tourists. These small animals have a great significance for local people, so much so that they have dedicated a temple to them at the top of Huixteco hill, the highest peak in Taxco.

We also recommend trying the exotic dishes made with iguana meat. Like jumiles, you can get iguana tamales, moles, and many other preparations offered in the restaurants of Taxco. Nightlife Taxco Accompany your meal with a refreshing Berta, the typical drink in Taxco. Prepared with tequila, honey, lemon, and mineral water, it is served in a long glass with frappe ice. They taste so good, it's almost impossible to drink just one, especially if you are relaxing on a balcony, enjoying a fabulous view of the city.

Nightlife Experience
Even though Taxco is a small town, it has a very diverse nightlife. It ranges from bohemian bars with balconies overlooking the main square, to the most modern nightclubs and lively lounges where the local people gather to socialize and dance the night away.

However, not all the evening activities in Taxco are about partying and loud clubs. You can also enjoy a delicious dinner at any of the excellent restaurants in downtown. After your meal, continue your evening with after dinner drinks and some good conversation, typical in this picturesque town full of culture. Discover how Taxco's nightlife offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and extremely sociable people.

Shppng  Taxco Shopping
When you go Taxco shopping, you find the best silver products since Taxco is the main silver producer in the country. You can walk around the streets and find stands, stores, and silver workshops everywhere. If you are lucky enough, you will get to watch how artisans make these gorgeous pieces, fall in love with the unique designs of many different pieces you find here, and take one home as a souvenir.

Anywhere else in the country, it is hard to find the same quality and low prices as in Taxco shops. Here is always the warm, kind atmosphere created by the artisans who elaborate their crafts with love and display them proudly. Many works of art that decorate the Vatican were elaborated in Taxco workshops, thanks to the knowledge and skill of the imaginative Mexican metal- and silversmiths.
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