Recently we took a road trip to to the beautiful Pueblo Mágico of Taxco, Guerrero. The mainstay of this Spanish colonial town’s economy was silver mining but today it is tourism, given the picturesque location and rich history of this town of 55,000 residents. The scenery on the three hour drive from Mexico City is stunning. Especially after passing Cuernavaca and turning on to toll road 95 to Taxco, the quiet two lane highway is surrounded by towering peaks and lush green forest.
Upon arriving we checked in to the splendid Hotel Agua Escondida, which is perfectly located on the town’s zócalo across from La Iglesia de Santa Prisca, the town’s main cathedral. The bilingual staff is super helpful and friendly and the rooms newly renovated. We did not use the spa facilities but for the money this is the best valued accommodation we have had in Mexico. For $44 USD/night there was a swimming pool with excellent bar service, a large terrace set up with tables and chairs for guests to use day or night and a rooftop bar/restaurant with impressive views of the cathedral, zócalo and surrounding town. Tequila, mouthwatering sliders and fish tacos – surprisingly made with flour tortillas, were served as we took in the the views and snapped photos.
Baja style fish tacos and sliders!
Our visit was early in the week and being a small town, the restaurants close early so when we went out for dinner at 8:30 PM we were out of luck! We returned to the hotel and sipped tequila on the terrace until the clouds rolled in and we were treated to front row seats during a magnificent thunderstorm with the church across the square providing an eerie backdrop to the lightning.
Conveniently located next to the hotel is a Cielito Querido coffee shop, so you can get a cup of java to enjoy from a bench in the zócalo across the street. There are many steep hills so be sure to wear comfortable shoes when you set off to explore the town. Be alert as sidewalks are narrow or non-existent and traffic is busy with the many VW Beetles that operate as taxi’s.
Taxco is famous for its silversmithing, so if you like silver wares you will love browsing for bargains. Silver shops line the streets selling all things silver and there is a silver market too. When you are tired of shopping there is the William Spratling silver museum to explore or take refuge with a refreshing drink on one of the patio’s surrounding the main square. There are not many parallels between Taxco and Rio de Janeiro but they do both have statues of Christ so take a taxi up to the mirador above town to see the statue and spectacular view.