Several miles south of Taxco el Viejo, and about 1/4 kilometer off to the west, is a 'bottomless well' about 8-10 meters in diameter. Legend has it that substantial numbers of defeated soldiers have been marched into the wellwith not even a whiff of bad odor coming back up. Tracer dyes are said to have been thrown in, with no subsequent outlets...more
One of the highlights of any visit to Taxco is the Teleferico (cable car). This Swiss-made cable car runs up to the luxurious Monte Taxco hotel/resort - 175 metres above the town. The views as you slowly inch our way up the mountainside are stunning - looking across the town, with the spires of the Templo de Santa Prisca dominating the skyline....more
As mentioned, Taxco is a town to simply amble around, stopping off at the (very) many silver shops or a coffee/drink and watching the quite frantic pace (all those VW Beetles and 250cc bikes!). You'll need to rest frequently - them there hills are steep. There are a couple of small museums (unfortunately closed when we were there) and, as with most...more
Two-thirds of the way up the hill from the bus station (and a steep walk it is too) is the stunning Catedral de Santa Prisca and its baroque rose-coloured facade. But inside is even more amazing - its many altarpieces covered in gold and intricately sculpted.It forms the heart of the town and was built between 1748 and 1758 as a gift from Don Jose...more
Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, near TaxcoQuite simply - stunning. Apparently the 3rd or 4th biggest cave in the world. Trip through it is something in the region of 2kms into the mountain side and parts of the caves reach 80+ metres high. Fairly straightforward to tour - a path runs through the entire cave, but there are a lot of steps. Must tour with a...more
Grutas are caves within a mountain approx 30min drive from Taxco. We booked a taxi with the hotel and it cost $375 pesos for a round trip taxi ride and for the driver waiting for us for 2 hours.$40 pesos to get in. There's a guided tour only in Spanish but tour basically consists of the guide tell you what he things the crystalized minerals that...more
Open roof top terrace overlooking the Cathedral and the Plaza Borda. Primarily Mexican favourites alongside sandwiches etc. Try the blow-out meal - Cecina Hacienda (flattened beef-steak, chorrizo, cheese, guacamole, rice, chicaronnes and a chalupita alongside the usual tortilla and breadrolls). It'll keep you going for hours.more
Set on a hillside overlooking the town (get to it by the funicular), this place is serious luxury. Didn't eat here (prices way beyond our budget) but well worth trekking up for the views, the exploration and a beer on the terrace overlooking the pool and the town. Only tried the beer and fresh orange juice!!more
There's a great little bar on the northern edge of the zocalo. I'm not sure if it even has a name, because it's kind of exclusive for locals and friends of locals. So the key is to befriend someone and ask about the "secret" bar on the zocalo. You walk through an unobtrusive door and through a dark passageway, and then it opens up into a bar....more
What surplus Taxco has in regards to Silver, it certainly lacks in terms of nightlife. Infact, most of the bars are open only on the weekends.This however was one of the few spots that were open on a Wed. you can wear jeans and be ok, but trth be told, all of the bars durring the week are pretty much dead.more
It a 3 hour bus ride from Mexico City to Taxco. The bus from the Mexico City airport will only take you 1/2 way to Cuernavaca. You need to take a cab or metro to the South Bus Terminal (Tasquena) to catch the bus directly to Taxco. They leave about every hour and there is food vendors in the bus terminal as well as great tacos at the taco stands...more
If you are renting a car in D.F. and plan to drive to Taxco, I highly recommend getting the smallest car possible.The roads in Taxco are crazy to say the least, in act I would even say that after the initial Spanish incursion, the layout of the city wasn’t to important. It is hard to believe that the city itself even exists due to the harsh...more
Not sure if the Grutas should be on the Cuernavaca pages or this one (I think they are in the State of Morelos - so Cuernavaca but as they are easier to get to from Taxco, I'll put them here).The Grutas really are spectacular and worth the 45 minute bus ride from the Flecha Roja bus station (same one as buses to and from Cuernavaca & Mexico City)...more
Best place to go shopping for pottery, sculptures, gifts, etc. I did most of my shopping from here and bought amazing stuff for a decent price such as a sculpture, masks, vases, silver, pottery and hand made crafts galore. Please dont' haggle with the local street vendors because they need the money. Their prices are reasonable 10-150 pesos for...more
The Taxco region is famous for their intricate masks. They have small ones, the better for packing, or, if you're on your way home, huge masks. The big ones can go for quite a bit (from $50-100 for a high quality one). A lot of artists display their work in shops with a salesperson, and the price is set beforehand. However, the artists tend to show...more
If you are in Taxco, you will have to buy some silver for your girl/boyfriend/mom/long lost auntie. This is one of the premier places to buy silver in the world. You won't get super cheap deals (unless it's fake silver), but if you act like you know what you're doing, you will get fair prices. Jewelry is sold mainly based on the weight of the...more
If you are not fond of exercise or walking, PLEASE come prepaired. This city is literally built on a 70degree slope. I go to the gym 5 days a week and I was sore after the first day.
The entire town of Taxco is a tourist trap---you are immediately bombarded with people trying to sell you silver and eat at their restaurants. Also, the silver was not really unique--I'm sure I could get it anywhere here in Houston or in the southwest---and I was suspicious some of the silver was made in china.
Unique Suggestions: Eat lunch at the Parroquia, in the square--its really cute and you can sit in a balcony looking into the Plaza.
Fun Alternatives: Maybe go to Cuernavaca instead--while we didn't go, my husband is Mexican and says its nice.
You will notice that all of the locals are dressed nice and are always equiped with a smile.
The y are however VERY protective of their silver designs. When you go to a store and buy a few items they will beg and plead with you not to show any of the other stores what it is you bought out of fear that they will copy their designs.
This also happens when you ask for a catalouge. The store owner will great you with a smile, but the minute the word catalouge comes up their entire attitude changes.
you have been warned.