Taxco is a Mexican city located in the northern part of Guerrero, also known as the Silver Capital of the World for its vast market share and high standards in manufacturing. An exciting place to visit on foot for its geography of mountains and hills. In 2002, it was named Magical Town and a City of Light for its architectural beauty.
Climbing the Monumental Christ of Taxco
Located on Atache hill, you can get there by car or public transportation. We suggest you hire any of its emblematic white cabs, which are classic Volkswagen Beetles. You can also get there on foot and enjoy a stroll through its streets. Upon arrival, you will find an incredible panoramic view and capture pictures from the top. This is a popular spot for locals who go up there to watch the sunset or appreciate the landscape’s beauty.
Discover its Gastronomy
Taxco offers delicious classic Mexican cuisine, and its typical dish is Pozole. There are many versions of this spicy soup and many restaurants where you will enjoy it. Rosa Mexicano is a restaurant located inside the Pueblo Lindo boutique hotel, and its tables are outdoors under large umbrellas and a stunning view of the city. La Parroquia is another excellent option, right on the central plaza in front of Santa Prisca church. With its privileged location, balconies, and terrace, you’ll have a fantastic view of the majestic temple.
Pre-Hispanic Mine Tour
There is a treasure under the Hotel Posada de la Misión in Taxco. There is a mine full of gold, silver, and quartz, especially culture, stories, legends, and myths. It is a mine that the natives of Taxco exploited in the 1400s and closed to keep it secret from the Spanish so they would not loot it. This mine was discovered when they were remodeling the Hotel, and this tourist site often goes unnoticed among travelers; however, it is a complete wonder. It is protected by the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) due to its importance. It is more than 500 years old and is currently considered a living mine, of which only 150 meters have been explored. It has been adapted with stairs that facilitate access to visitors.
Shop for Silver Works of Art
In 1521, Hernan Cortés, the Spanish Conquistador, found silver deposits in this area, which led to the founding of a colony to work the silver mine denominated the King’s Pit. Taxco was the leading silver and other precious metals supplier to Europe by the end of the 16th century. When new deposits were discovered in other parts of Latin America, it pushed Taxco into obscurity for more than two hundred years until Taxco silver was rediscovered in the year 1716. Walking through its cobbled colonial streets, you will find many stores and workshops of this precious metal. Here you can appreciate why Taxco is considered the oldest mining center of the continent, and its local silver artists are true masters of the craft. Their designs and presentations are incredible, and the prices are affordable. Visit the Tianguis de Plata and walk along its sidewalks; it is located just a few blocks from the bus terminal, and it covers several streets, including the main avenue, even the court of a local high school.
Visit the Museums
You can start at the Casa Humboldt, which is the home of the Museo de Arte Virreinal, where some of the works that had been hidden in the basements of the church are kept. From this point, you can visit the Guillermo Spratling Museum, where you will learn about the history of Taxco and pre-Hispanic art and a sample of the goldsmith’s own jewelry designs. Next, head to the Ex-Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, probably the oldest in the city. On the back of this building, there is a sculptural group of three figures dedicated to the cross, the penitent, and the soul. They are fundamental elements of the Holy Week celebrations in Taxco.
Taxco is a city forged with silver and worth visiting to admire its picturesque corners. So if you are looking for silver art or just want a wonderful experience, you will genuinely enjoy touring this impressive Mexican town.
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