Taxco, Cuernavaca

Located 36 km or 22 miles west of Iguala in the mountains of the state of Guerrero, the city of Taxco de Alarcon is known for its mines, its silver, and its colonial architecture. Taxco is 78 km or 48 miles south of Cuernavaca. To the east of Taxco i

To arrive to Taxco by land, highway 195 runs from Mexico city to Acapulco and in the middle of the way, after Cuernavaca, is Taxco situated.

Taxco was founded in 1528 due to the numerous and rich silver deposits found in the area. Besides, in 1580, poet Juan Ruiz de Alarcon was born in Taxco and almost 300 years later the name of the city changed to include his lastname.

Taxco key attractions include the parishes of Santa Prisca and San Sebastian, the Borda House of the eighteenth century, the San Bernardino Convent of the sixteenth century, the House of Figueroa with ceramic of Puebla at its entrance, the William Spratling Museum which exhibits pieces and artifacts -Spratling is considered the silver culture pioneer in the city- the Museum of the vice royalty that functioned once as the house of scientist Alexander Von Humboldt, or the Silver Museum Antonio Pineda, among many other interesting sites.

The village is full of artisans who create beautiful objects. Thus, many silver shops, handicrafts, and masks stores are everywhere. Besides, Taxco is a cobblestone street city with an interesting cable car that allows visitors to admire wonderful views of the city and its surroundings.

Taxco is also known for its festivities. The Carnival and the Señor the Chavarrieta Fair are held in February. The Holy week after Palm Sunday is a special time for visitors. In May, the Alarconian Journeys gather interesting cultural spectacles. During September, the San Miguel Fair is also recommended as well as the National Silver Fair which takes place a the end of November and beginning of December.

Nearby Taxco, tourists can visit the Old Hacienda Minera de San Francisco Cuadra, the Caverns of Cacahuamilpa, the Salto de las Granadas, Cacalotenango Waterfalls, and Ixcateopan, where the last Aztec emperor, Cuauhtemoc, was buried.

There are several excellent hotels in Taxco as well as many good places to enjoy authentic Mexican food and different flavors.