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Cities Taxco (Guerrero)

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Set on a hill, about 1800 meters above sea level and two and a half hours from Mexico City, lays a beautiful city of Taxco. Its white colonial houses are decorated by black grates and red tail roofs. The streets are steep, curvy and so narrow that sometimes the cars can´t even pass. Taxco is known above all for its silver mines, silver products are sold here for unbelievable price. On every corner you´ll find small shops and galleries with jewelry, cozy restaurants and small hotels.
The first ever silver workshop was open by an American William Spratling in the year 1931. Today, it is estimated, that 80% of people in Taxco live from silver industry and there are about 1000 workrooms.

Visit Taxco with me. You can find this destination in the offer of one day organized tours from Mexico City.

What here: The main attraction, of course, is shopping for silver (rings, earrings, bracelets, men shirt studs, plates and cutlery). On the small main square, you can see the beautiful church „Parroquilla de Santa Prisca“ and right next to it „Casa Borda“. Casa Borda was built in 1759 by José de la Borda and now serves as a gallery and a cultural centre. Right from the church, in a labyrinth of tiny streets, you can find a local market where not only silver but other typical art products can be bought. To see Taxco from the birds view, rent a cab and ask him to take you to "Cristo" a huge Christ statue on a hilltop over the town.
Should you want to sit down, rest for a moment and enjoy a delicious lunch with a great view over the city, try „Mi Fondita“. The entrance to this restaurant is just next to the Oxo, behind the corner from the main square.

A trip to Taxco can be well combined with an excursion to the archeological site Xochicalco or stalactite caves Cacahuamilpa.

Where to stay:
A great variety of accommodation can be found in Taxco, let me recommend one of the newest places:

La Casa del Laurel. Small hotel with only 9 rooms in a white colonial building just behind the main square. The rooms are spacious with romantic views, flat tv screen, hairdryer and wifi connection. You will be very good attended.
Price: 800 pesos (double room). Juan Ruiz de Alarcón 25 (right behind the church), colonia Centro,

How to get here: Buses leave from Mexico City, south terminal Tasqueña, almost every hour. The cost is 175 pesos and the journey takes from 2,5 to 3 hours depending on the traffic. Should you suffer bad stomach on curvy roads, I suggest you better take a pill.