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Pamela MacNaughtan

The streets were steep, cobbled, and skinny, and in some cases there is barely enough room for a VW Beetle taxi cab, let alone another car, yet somehow cars are able to pass one another without incident. The roads wind together like a four year old has been drawing lines on a wall, and there are points where three or four roads collide into one another. In most places traffic lights come in handy, but not in Taxco, this is a city without traffic lights (they rely on common sense, and help of traffic cops). It’s a crazy mess, but utterly charming at the same time.

That’s why the locals say that if you can learn the drive in Taxco, you can drive anywhere in the world!

I spent two days in Taxco (a town famous for making silver jewelry), and during that time I was escorted around to various viewpoints of the city by my hotel‘s bartender, Carlos. Although he is from Taxco, Carlos has spent many years living and working Los Angeles and Chicago, and speaks with an East LA accent. Which means he was not entertaining, but he spoke excellent English as well. Score!

Carlos picked me up in the morning, around 10am and drove me up to the Cristo, a terra cotta stone Christ that looks lover the city with his arms spread open.

Cristo statue in Taxco

Cristo statue in Taxco

During my mini unofficial tour of Taxco Carlos drove me to various look-out, each one showing me slightly different views of the city. As one may imagine, practically every view was amazing, and I could have easily taken over 400 photos (I did resist the urge though).

Every time I visit a new place in Mexico I am always amazed. The interior of Mexico is nothing like I imagined (I was thinking either really rustic, or way too touristy) and I find myself falling in love with country on a daily basis.

As the home to one of the largest silver mines in Mexico, Taxco is filled with shops selling jewelry and decorative pieces made with silver. There are boutiques, a silver flea market of sorts, and little silver tiendas. You cannot walk down (or up for that matter) a street in Mexico without passing half a dozen silver shops. And when you say you’re going to Taxco, be ready for a gagillion people to tell you to buy silver when you’re there. Seriously. I almost felt bullied to buy silver based on the response I was getting on social media. It’s the worst kind of peer pressure. Damn you all!!

 

Taxco is a place where Mexicans come to vacation when they want to escape into the mountains. This is the place you go to if you truly want to see how Semana Santa (Easter week) is celebrated – complete with the procession of Christ and the cross through the hilly cobbled streets to the cathedral.

Sure, you could do a day trip to Taxco from Mexico City, but honestly, that’s a waste. You NEED to come to Taxco and stay at least one night. You need to visit on a weekend when the city, the Cristo, and ALL of the churches are lit. You need to visit a taqueria and have taco carnitas. You need to hire a taxi to take you to the Cristo, and around the various viewpoints of Taxco and see if you can find these guys…

 

My two days in Taxco were absolutely lovely, which was compounded by the fact that I was staying with Pueblo Lindo; which offered a cozy bed, as well as a fabulous view of the city.

Travelling from Mexico City SUR to Taxco by bus with Cost Line costs 173 pesos ($14) one way and takes about 2 hours.

So, are YOU planning a trip to Taxco?!

Comments:

  • May 6, 2013

    Hi Pam!

    Your article makes me want to go back to Taxco ASAP! I was there in December and celebrated my birthday at one of the rooftop restaurants overlooking the gorgeous cathedral with its tiled dome.

    I wrote about my experience in Taxco on Worldette. You will see that we had similarly wonderful experiences!

    http://www.worldette.com/ignite-your-travel-life/travel/2013/taxco-my-perfect-day/

    I love following your blog, because it is enlightening to hear what other solo female travelers are saying!

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