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  • Armando Villalaredo

10 TOP things to do in Taxco

Taxco is a small town full of white houses and cobbled streets, they will make you fall in love with the place. Its cobbled streets surely trace stories full of magic from the colonial era worth telling and imagining. Taxco is really a Magical Town. If you go for a walk around here, do not forget to take your camera and without fear, go through the alleys to admire its architecture, eat something typical and buy silver made by Taxqueños goldsmiths.

  1. Visit the Parish of Santa Prisca - It was sent to build by José de la Borda between 1751 and 1758 in the viceroyalty era. Outside you can admire a Baroque style and inside you can see gold-plated altarpieces. As a curious fact, between 1758 and 1806, this church was the tallest building in Mexico. Upon arrival you will find several certified tourist guides (check those who bring credentials) and they will be able to give you a complete and interesting explanation of the place and they will only ask for a tip. Definitively this is the emblem of the place!

  2. Visit Casa Borda - This colonial-style house built in 1759 by José de la Borda (who also has a house in Mexico City and Cuernavaca), is currently used as a space for meetings and art exhibitions. (Check if there will be one that interests you on your visit).

  3. Buy Silver Jewerly - If you are in Taxco you definitely have to buy silver jewerly. Go to the certified stores in downtown and buy at the best price. TIP: Be careful when buying it because there are many imitations, I recommend you to buy in established places.

  4. Go to the William Spratling Museum - Due to the mining wealth of Taxco many foreigners came to this place to settle forever. One of them was William Spratling who founded his first silverware in 1931 and began to make silver jewerly and its designs were known worldwide. He also dedicated himself to collecting old pieces and art which today are exhibited in his old house. (The museum is open daily except Mondays).

  5. Visit the Viceregal Art Museum - Also known as the Humboldt House it was the home of the German explorer Alexander Von Humboldt. You can find pieces from the viceregal period information and objects from Taxco's history. (The museum is open daily except Mondays).

  6. Go to the Monumental Christ - If it is about landscapes you can come to this point on Cerro Atachi to see Taxco from another perspective. This Christ was built in 2002 and is approximately 3 meters high. To get there a taxi can also take you.

  7. Get on the Montetaxco Cable Car - Very easy: from wherever you are in downtown ask for a taxi to the base of the cable car. When you get on the gondola you will enjoy the impressive Taxco's landscape (mountain and white houses) 170 meters high Awsome! This cable car will take you to the Montetaxco hotel. In the hotel you can try its restaurant with the best mexican and regional dishes or ask for a delicious drink in the restaurants balcony or simply admire a breathtaking view from above. (It opens daily and has a cost of $ 95.00 pesos per person on a round trip, food and beverages are paid directly).

  8. Visit the Ex Hacienda del Chorrillo - Although Taxco has a colonial style this place can take you even further to this epoch. It was built between 1525 and 1534 just after the Spanish discovered the silver mines. During the revolutionary era (early 20th century) it was looted and long abandoned until the 1940s when the American Sullivan family bought it. In 1980 it was acquired by the government of Guerrero state and in the 1990s it became part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Currently they offer various workshops, courses and degrees.

  9. Try the Santa Prisca Mole Rosa, the Berta and the Yoli - If you go to Taxco one of the dishes you must try is the typical Mole Rosa, prepared with pine nuts and rose petals. I tried it at the Montetaxco hotel after getting on the cable car and it was delicious!. You should also ask for the typical Berta drink in the bar called Berta located downtown and the soft drink Yoli which is from Taxco and it's famous in the whole country.

  10. You can also venture and go to the Cacahuamilpa Grottos or the Blue Pools of Atzala; both natural and amazing places are approximately 30 minutes from Taxco.

Web Sites

Taxco www.visittaxco.travel

Montetaxco Hotel www.montetaxco.mx

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