Taxco de Alarcón Travel Guide

  • Facade of the Museum
    Facade of the Museum
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  • View of Taxco from the Cable Car
    View of Taxco from the Cable Car
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  • Grutas de Cacahuamilpa
    Grutas de Cacahuamilpa
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Taxco de Alarcón Things to Do

  • Shop for Silver

    If you're a silver fanatic, Taxco is the place for you. The hills surrounding the town have long been an important source of this beautiful metal. All around the main plaza, and along all of the town's streets, you will find silver vendors. My untrained eye can't tell silver from tinfoil, so I didn't do any shopping myself. I also noticed that most...

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  • See the City

    The Our Lady of Guadalupe Church can be reached relatively easily from the Zocalo, as long as you don't mind a steep uphill climb. Visit during the day to get a beautiful panoramic view of the city, including the Zocalo and Santa Prisca's colorful rooftop. At sunset and in the evening you'll see the city illuminated. You can also visit the small...

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  • Explore a Cave

    Located about thirty minutes from Taxco, the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa are part of a national park. There are a number of ways to reach the park, including taking a private taxi ($150 pesos) or taking a second-class regional bus ($25 pesos) that drops you off about 500 metres down the road from the cave entrance (wait at the same bus stop to return to...

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  • Ride the Cable Car

    Taxco is the first city I've visited with a cable car that doesn't take you to a scenic lookout point. Seriously! Instead, the teleferico takes you up a hill to a hotel, which has commandeered all of the available lookout points for its own guests. A ten minute walk down the hill reveals glimpses of hillside Taxco and some moderate photo...

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  • Museo de Arte Virreinal

    This is a bizarre religious art museum that happens to be housed in a gorgeous old house. When I visited nobody was permitted to wander the museum alone, so two Mexican visitors and I had to be escorted from room to room by an elderly woman with a real passion for religious art. I don't remember what I saw but a lot of it was uncovered during the...

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  • Museo Guillermo Spratling

    William Spratling was an American who came to Taxco to integrate himself into the Mexican art scene. While in the area he amassed a collection of historical artifacts and also became something of a celebrated silver designer. This museum contains Spratling's collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, examples of his own work in the basement level, as...

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  • Visit a UNESCO World Monument Watch Site

    Santa Prisca Church is located right on the Zocalo in Taxco. The church was built from pink-tinged stone in the 1750s, and since then it has watched over the main square while slowing falling victim to damage caused by vibrations in the earth (as a result of nearby mining, earthquakes and traffic). Today, Santa Prisca is on the UNESCO World...

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  • GRUTAS DE CACAMAHUILPA

    This are to be consider so far the largest caves and caverns in the world, only a small porcentage of the caves are transitable by people, and even though tour last almost 2 hrs,There is a guided tour around every 15-20 min the caves are very well preserved and illuminated the shapes by stalagtitas are amazing , they are very humed, actually part...

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  • Santa prisca Church

    This 250-year-old baroque-style church was buit By Jose de la Borda who once was the richest man in Taxco..he ordered to buld this church to provided a place for his son(former priest ) to show his devotion to mother church, this place is amazing as is very well preserve and houses incredible paintings and sacre art... gold flakes everywhere the...

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  • Juan Ruiz de Alarcon birthplace

    Visit the house where this laureate playwright was born more than four centuries ago! Practice your Spanish with this extract of his acclaimed comedy where lying noblemen mix with honest commons.La Verdad Sospechosa, The Suspicious Truth (1634)Act II, Scene IX :DON GARCÍA Que las hazañas den nobleza, no lo niego; mas no neguéis, que sin ellas,...

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  • El teleférico, The tramway

    It costs about 60 pesos, around 6 dollars, to go several hundred meters above streets and people. From the tramway, el teleférico, you will get spectacular views and photos of Taxco.

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  • Viceroyalty Art Museum

    The Museo de Arte Virreinal has art from the Viceroyalty (colonial) era. Novohispanic painters depict the life of centuries gone by. Most tourists go to the cathedral and shops, the selective tourist will also choose this cultural spot.

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  • Museo de Arte Virreinal

    Better known as Casa Humboldt, this was the house of Alexander Von Humboldt during his stay in Taxco, it was buildt during the second half of the XVIII Centrury and it was restored in 1991 to become the Museum of Colonial Art.This is one of the very few non-white painted buildings in the city. ( I think I saw only 3 that where not white)

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  • Parroquia de Santa Prisca

    This is one of Mexico's most beautiful churches, the construction initiated in 1751 and it was completed in 1758 thanks to the funds of Don Jose de La Borda.The style of the church is Baroque- Churrigeresco, which means you'll find lots of ornaments all over the church specially in it's 9 altars.

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  • Great view from outside the Church of...

    The Church of Guadalupe offers a nice view of the town from atop. It's best to view the town both during the day and at night to enjoy the difference in night and day. Nevertheless, Taxco is best appreciated at night. See, a visit to Taxco is about relaxing and enjoying on its plazas and just wondering endlessly through the streets.

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Taxco de Alarcón Hotels

Taxco de Alarcón Restaurants

  • Cheap, Cheap Pizza

    Look at that pizza! It looks like a frozen McCain Mini Pizza designed for kids to put in their microwaves as an after-school snack. However, that is what Pizzas Estrelar serves up, and for some reason their business is booming. One possible reason is that they offer "mini" pizzas- teeny-tiny pizzas (as seen in my photo) that cost about a dollar and...

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  • Great Cafe-Style Food

    Cafe Sotavento is located just a few steps from the Zocalo, on the second floor of a historic building. Inside this small restaurant tables and comfortable chairs are filled with families and local students, with the luckiest getting to sit beside a window for views of the street below. This restaurant felt like a family affair to me, as I was...

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  • The Mexican Starbucks?

    You will find Cafe Punta del Cielo branches all over Mexico, from Sonora to Chiapas. The location in Taxco is right on the zocalo. Inside you'll find comfortable seats, wireless internet, a wide assortment of coffee-based beverages and a few sweet treats too. Don't miss their mochas and hot chocolates, made with dark Oaxacan chocolate, and give...

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  • Rich Mexican Cuisine

    If you've already seen my big, green plate of fried cheese, and you're not yet on a plane to Taxco (and El Adobe)... what is wrong with you?Located in the historic heart of Taxco, El Adobe is a popular restaurant for locals and visitors alike. The warm, cozy decor makes it a nice place to celebrate a special event or share a romantic dinner, but...

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  • Great food, great view, wonderful people

    The location of this restaurant is incredible. Originally an old, OLD home in Taxco the family has remodeled and decorated the restaurant to welcome and give great service. There are a few balcony seats that can view the zocolo, but the interior of this restaurant is gorgeous. The drinks are great, the soups and main dishes are deliciousI think...

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  • Great restaurant - where the locals go

    This restaurant is on the Av de los Plateros, the main road which runs into and through Taxco - the restaurant is situated towards the northern end. It is a smart and clean little restaurant, which obviously caters for the locals - nothing touristy here. The decor is complemented by many photographs of Taxco in the Old Days - around the 1920s. We...

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Taxco de Alarcón Transportation

  • Estrella de Oro

    There are several buses a day from terminal Tasquena in Mex City. The ride takes about three hours. The Pluss buses are super comfortable; they even have a pillow for the feet. The ride there and back takes about US$20-25.

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  • Bus to Mexico City and beyond

    There are plenty of buses headed to Taxco. I took one from one of the southern bus stations in Mexico City. There are several other buses to direct locations within Mexico. If you are low on time, then head to Mexico City where you'll find more services.

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Taxco de Alarcón Shopping

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    by patricia1.nunez Written Apr 13, 2009

    Everybody knows, Taxco is the world capital of silver, all kind of silver is everywhere,, from classical typical jewerly to the most elaborated designs, that apply also for silverware,home decorations, you name it ..prices can be low or high dependind on the article, place and your ability to bargain...Please avoid fancy stores by the street and visit some of the markets around, 1 is located right side outside Santa prisca Church, very hidden in a little street, around 15 different vendors located at one place .. since all of them share the rent,, their prices are better and benefits the buyer...You

    What to buy: silver

    What to pay: from 2 Dls to 100 dls or More?

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Taxco de Alarcón Off The Beaten Path

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    by patricia1.nunez Written Apr 13, 2009

    Usually There is a difference between fancy places and local little kitchens, I must say Taxco is an exception, you can eat at one of the many Cocinas econimicas located around Taxco, where the flavor is really local, home style cooking at it´s best,,, typically you can eat for around 4 dls,,,includes soup/main entree,tortillas , soda or fruit water and dessert ,not bad.. all portions are big ,, so do not hesitate and dont pay more for same great quality

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Taxco de Alarcón Favorites

  • The colonial style petrol station

    In a country as Mexico where the petrol monopoly Pemex makes all petrol stations look exactly the same, it was fun to see that Taxco have been able to remain it's colonial style, even on the petrol station.

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  • Walking Around

    The city is very scenic and fun to walk around, but be aware that the streets are steep, it is easy to get lost, and away from the touristy center it is not as clean. There is a lot of police everywhere, and it appeared to be very safe.

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