One of the best parts about basing ourselves in Mexico City is the unending amount of weekend and day trips available to us. There are countless colonial towns, Pueblos Magicos, and natural wonders to discover within a 3 hour radius. A few weeks ago we once again took advantage with a quick trip to Taxco, a beautiful colonial town nestled inside one of the greenest mountain ranges I've ever seen. If you are wondering why the town of Taxco sounds familiar, you aren't alone. This tiny pueblo is known around the world for it's silver production. Although the mines have now dried up, it's still the best place to find silver jewelry at incredibly low prices.
Taxco is a very winding 3 hour bus ride from Mexico City, which I was not aware of, so if you are like me, just plan accordingly. Estrella de Oro has 4 buses a day from CDMX's southern station, and they even provide each passenger with a small snack and bottle of water. There is a main bus station in Taxco, but we were dropped off at an alternative point at the Hotel De La Misión. Uber does not operate in Taxco, so make sure you have cash on hand for a taxi ride to your accommodations.
Note: the streets of Taxco are not big enough for standard cars, so all of the taxis are old, white Volkswagens.
Things to Do
Taxco is very walkable, but beware! The entire town is built on the side of a large hill/small mountain, so be prepared for your legs to do a lot of work, but I totally won't judge if you decide to take a taxi back up once you've reached the bottom of a street.
1. Buy silver
The streets are lined with silver shops selling everything from jewelry to art pieces, but the best place to pick up discounted souvenirs is the Saturday Tianguis, where small stands spill out onto the streets. Make sure that anything you buy has .925 imprinted on the back to ensure that you are getting the real thing.
2. Get lost
There is no logic to the streets of Taxco, so your best bet is to put Google Maps away, and let your feet do the guiding. I promise you will stumble upon worthwhile sites.
3. Take the teleferico to the Hotel Montetaxco
For the best views in town, take a round trip ride on the cable car, which will end at the beautiful Hotel Montetaxco. Your ticket will even get you a 10% discount at any of their restaurants. I recommend grabbing a table at the cafe above the pool for breathtaking scenery.
4. Eat at Rosa Mexicano
I'm often skeptical of overly hyped restaurants, but the view from Rosa Mexicano is worth it (the food was delicious too)!
5. People watch in the Zocalo
Taxco's main square is small, but mighty. Weekends draw large crowds of locals and tourists alike, so grab a snack and a bench, and enjoy the sunshine.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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