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Taxco de Alarcon

Updated on February 7, 2016

A Beautiful Mexican City

Taxco, as the city is commonly known as, is a small city in Guerrero, Mexico, around 170 cm from Mexico City (approx 110 miles) and 248 km from Acapulco (approx. 180 miles). It' is known as a "Magical Town" because of it's architecture, surrounding scenery, and silver work. Most of the city is built on mountains, making it a rugged walk and drive to get around. There are also waterfalls within the city.

The name of the city is probably derived from two places. The name Taxco comes from the word tatzco which means "where the father of the water is" signifying the waterfall on Atatzin Mountain. The second part of the name, 'de Alcaron", is in honor of a native writer, Juan Ruiz de Alcaron.

In the 1700's Jose de la Borda came to Taxco and was instrumental in modernizing the silver mines. The central plaza and other buildings are named after him.

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Our trip to Taxco

From Acapulco to Taxco

My family was vacationing in Acapulco in 2000 (stay tuned for a "Vacation in Acapulco" lens). We decided to take a trip to Taxco because we had heard it was a magnificent to place to visit. Driving to Taxco would take about 3 hours. So we rented a car, got up early the next morning and drove to Taxco. The temperature was comfortable when we left Acapulco. We drove through desert (which was very hot) and then into the mountains (where the temperature dropped 15 degrees). You could see Taxco from a distance. It is about 5000 feet above the rest of the area. Driving up the hills was a little treacherous. The streets are bumpy from the cobblestones and very narrow. We parked the car close to the central plaza (Plaza Borda) and walked around. We had lunch at a small cafe and then went exploring.

Taxco - Santa Prisca Church
Taxco - Santa Prisca Church

Santa Prisca Church is one of the only Baroque churches in the state of Guerrero. It was built by Jose de la Banda 200 years ago. He spent a fortune on the church which almost broke him. The cost is obvious as soon as you step inside. Some of the alter pieces go from floor to ceiling and are covered in gold.

There are now cracks in the church due to earthquakes, blasts from the mines and traffic. A restoration project was begun in 1997.

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Spend a day or a week. Walk or take local transportation. Take a bus or drive. Stay in a fancy hotel or share a room. It's all worth it to vacation in Taxco.

  1. Wear comfortable shoes
  2. If you don't like to drive, there are tour buses from Mexico City and Acapulco.
  3. Give yourself plenty of time to see the sites.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes (did I say that already?)
  5. Bring a camera.

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      Pmoreno 5 years ago

      Love Taxco. It is the "san Francisco" of mexico, as it is built on top of hills. it is so much like San Francisco that just like san francisco, there are several streets that are basically a staircase that winds through town.

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      dlparkerj 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful city. I was there a few years ago and loved it.

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      No, never been there! But I so want to visit Mexico. And Taxo seems amazing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great city, I just love the colour!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      This is a lovely city but not a place that I would walk if there were a tour available. I was glad to read about that option. Cities that are built into the hills always amaze me and you have some great photos.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Sounds so interesting. Thank you for taking me there with your lovely lens and great photos.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I have never been to Taxco, but I would definitely put on my walking shoes to visit.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      Such a lovely part of the world.

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      Lovely lens, like the jewellery ideas :)