Paisaje de casas en calle de Taxco de Alarcón,Taxco Guerrero Guerrero. México

The Ultimate Guide to Taxco Guerrero de Alarcón: Mexico’s Silver Capital

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Nestled in the mountains of Guerrero state, Taxco Guerrero de Alarcón (often simply called Taxco) is a captivating colonial city known for its winding cobblestone streets, white stucco buildings with red tile roofs, picturesque VW Beetle taxis, stunning churches, and above all – its rich history of silver mining and exquisite silver craftsmanship. This charming pueblo mágico (magic town) is the perfect destination for a 3-day getaway from Mexico City.

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The Ultimate Guide to Taxco Guerrero de Alarcón: Mexico’s Silver Capital

No time to read the whole article? Here are the must-see highlights for a 3-day trip to Taxco:

  • Get lost wandering the enchanting cobblestone streets and callejones (alleyways)
  • Marvel at the baroque beauty of Santa Prisca Church dominating the main square
  • Take the cable car up to Hotel Montetaxco for panoramic views, especially at sunset
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue for more sweeping vistas over the city
  • Shop for artisanal silver jewelry and observe silversmiths at work
  • Explore museums showcasing Taxco’s rich history and cultural heritage
  • Cool off at the Pozas Azules waterfalls just outside town

For all the enticing details, insider tips, and a suggested 3-day itinerary, read on.

In this ultimate guide, I’ll take you on a journey through the steep cobblestone streets of this historic silver mining town. We’ll visit ornate baroque churches, marvel at sweeping vistas, explore museums, and of course – shop for the exquisite silver jewelry that put Taxco on the map.

Having spent three magical days losing myself in the charms of this pueblo mágico, I’m excited to share my essential tips and curated 3-day itinerary to help you make the most of your visit. Trust me, once you catch sight of Taxco’s white buildings with red roofs clinging to the mountainside, glinting in the sun like the silver it’s famous for, you’ll fall under its spell too.

Cúpula del Templo de Santa Prisca de Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero. México

Where is Taxco Mexico?

Taxco, officially known as Taxco de Alarcón, is a small city located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. It sits in the mountains of the Sierra Madre del Sur, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) southwest of Mexico City.

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Is Taxco Guerrero Mexico safe?

Taxco is generally considered safe for tourists, as long as you take common-sense precautions like being aware of your surroundings, avoiding walking alone at night in isolated areas, and keeping an eye on your belongings. The city relies heavily on tourism, so local authorities make efforts to ensure visitor safety. However, it’s always a good idea to check current travel advisories before your trip.

Ornately Decorated Cupola of Santa Prisca Church in Taxco, Mexico

Interesting Facts About pueblo magico Taxco

  1. Taxco is known as Mexico’s “silver capital” due to its rich history of silver mining and craftsmanship.
  2. The city was founded in 1529 by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.
  3. The iconic Santa Prisca Parish Church, a striking example of Mexican Baroque architecture, dominates the city’s skyline.
  4. Taxco’s narrow, cobblestone streets and white stucco houses with red-tiled roofs create a charming, colonial ambiance.
  5. The city was named a “Pueblo Mágico” (Magic Town) by the Mexican government for its historical significance and beauty.

Best time to go to taxco mexico 

The most pleasant times weather-wise to visit Taxco are between November-April. Expect warm, mostly sunny days and cooler evenings during these months. May starts heating up, and June-September is rainy season. I went in January and found it perfect – festive holiday decor still up but fewer crowds.

What is the city of Taxco known for

Taxco is primarily known for its silver mining history and silver craftsmanship. The city is often called Mexico’s “silver capital” due to the large number of silver workshops and stores selling intricate silver jewelry and other items. Additionally, Taxco is famous for its well-preserved colonial architecture, featuring cobblestone streets and white stucco buildings with red-tiled roofs, as well as the stunning Santa Prisca Parish Church.

how to get to Taxco Guerrero Mexico 

Taxco is located about 100 miles southwest of Mexico City, making it an easy trip by bus or car:

  • Tour: Go on a guided tour that includes transportation and a personal guide
  • Bus: Estrella de Oro and Estrella Blanca both operate direct buses from Mexico City’s Terminal de Autobuses del Sur. The trip takes around 3 hours.
  • Car: Take Highway 95 south out of Mexico City. It’s about a 3 hour drive in normal conditions. Parking is very limited in Taxco, so just use taxis to get around town.

How to get from Mexico City to Taxco, Guerrero?

There are several ways to travel from Mexico City to Taxco:

  1. Tour: You can arrange a private transfer or guided tour from Mexico City to Taxco, which offers more flexibility but is generally more expensive than bus travel.
  2. Bus: Direct buses run from Mexico City’s Taxqueña bus terminal (Terminal de Autobuses del Sur) to Taxco. The journey takes approximately 3 hours.
  3. Car: Driving from Mexico City to Taxco via Highway 95D takes around 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on traffic.
Paisaje de casas y calle con vocho en medio en Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero. México

Where to Stay in Mexican silver city Taxco Hotel

Taxco has accommodation options for every budget, but I recommend staying in the historic center for easy walking access to the main sights. Two lovely, centrally-located options:

Hotel Los Arcos Cozy rooms in a charming colonial building with a tranquil courtyard. Stellar location steps from the zócalo.

Hotel Agua Escondida Beautifully decorated rooms, some with balconies overlooking the cathedral. Has a pool and a fantastic rooftop deck.

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how to get taxco pueblo magico

The best way to experience Taxco’s winding streets is on foot. You’ll definitely get a workout on the hills and stairs! Taxis are plentiful and cheap for longer distances or when your legs get tired. The iconic white VW Beetle taxis add to the town’s photogenic charm.

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Paisaje de casas en Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero. México

What airport do you fly into for Taxco, Mexico?

Taxco does not have its own airport. The nearest major airport is Mexico City International Airport (MEX), located about 170 kilometers (105 miles) northeast of Taxco. From there, you can take a bus, hire a taxi, or arrange a private shuttle to reach Taxco.

Is Guerrero, Mexico safe for tourists?

Guerrero is one of Mexico’s states that has faced security issues, particularly in certain areas known for drug-related violence. However, tourist destinations like Taxco, Ixtapa, and Zihuatanejo are generally considered safer than other parts of the state, as they are well-traveled and rely heavily on tourism. As with any travel destination, it’s essential to exercise caution, stay informed about current conditions, and follow the advice of local authorities and your home country’s travel advisories.

how far is taxco from mexico city

Taxco is located approximately 170 kilometers (105 miles) southwest of Mexico City. The driving distance between the two cities is around 180 km (112 miles), depending on the route taken.

Travel time by car can vary based on traffic conditions, but generally, it takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to drive from Mexico City to Taxco. The most common route is via Highway 95D.

There are also regular bus services from Mexico City to Taxco, with the journey typically taking around 3 hours. Buses depart from the Taxqueña bus terminal in the south of Mexico City.

Here’s a summary of the distance and travel times:

RouteDistanceTravel Time
By Car (via Hwy 95D)180 km2.5-3 hours
By Bus~3 hours
Paisaje de casas en calle de Taxco de Alarcón,Taxco Guerrero Guerrero. México

Taxco Mexico Weather

 Taxco has a subtropical highland climate, with warm temperatures year-round. The average temperature ranges from 22°C (72°F) to 30°C (86°F). The rainy season typically runs from June to September, while the dry season is from October to May. The most pleasant months to visit are from November to March when temperatures are mild, and rainfall is minimal.

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Get Lost in the Streets in Taxco

One of the great pleasures of Taxco is simply wandering the narrow cobblestone streets and callejones without a firm plan, discovering picturesque corners, little plazas, and stunning views. Highlights to stumble upon:

  • Callejón de los besos (Alley of the Kisses): A skinny, stepped alleyway so narrow that couples can lean out the windows and kiss in the middle.
  • Casa Borda: Historic 18th-century former residence with a cultural center inside. Worth popping in for the lovely courtyard.
  • Plazuela de San Juan: A lively little square where you can grab a bench and people-watch.
Taxco Guerrero A View of the Santa Prisca De Taxco Guerrero Taxco in Mexico

Santa Prisca Church

The undisputed crown jewel of Taxco, the Santa Prisca and San Sebastián Church is a baroque beauty towering over the zócalo. Admire the ornate pink stone facade and twin bell towers glinting in the sun outside, then step inside to be dazzled by the nine elaborate gilded altarpieces.

TIPS:

  • Visit in the early evening to see the sunset light up the facade. Pure magic!
  • For an interesting perspective, go around to the back side of the church on Calle Hernández.

Cable Car & Hotel Montetaxco

For expansive views over Taxco, take the teleférico (cable car) up to the Hotel Montetaxco perched high on the mountainside. Enjoy a drink or meal on the outdoor terrace as you watch the sun set over the town, turning the cathedral dome golden. Check hours, as the cable car doesn’t run late.

Christ Statue

Hike or take a taxi up to the Cristo Rey statue on a hill to the east of town for more panoramic views. The 8-meter tall statue of Christ with arms outstretched is an impressive sight, and there are a few vendors selling snacks and handicrafts.

TIP: Go around an hour before sunset for ideal photography light and ambiance.

Silver Shopping Taxco

has been a silver mining hub since the 16th century and today is known for its high-quality silver jewelry and other items. Some top spots to browse and buy:

Tianguis de la Plata An outdoor silver market held on Saturdays on the Plaza Borda. Artisans from around the region sell their wares – everything from jewelry to tableware to silver shot glasses.

Casa de las Artesanías A government-run handicraft store with a good selection of silver pieces. Fixed prices, if you don’t want to haggle.

Cúpula del Templo de Santa Prisca de Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero. México

William Spratling Gallery

Spratling was an American silver designer who lived in Taxco and revitalized the silver industry in the 1920s-30s. This gallery sells jewelry based on his designs.

TIP: Look for the .925 stamp that certifies sterling silver pieces. Many shops are closed on Sundays.

Museums in Taxco de alarcon 

For a dose of Taxco history and art, pop into one of these museums:

Casa Humboldt Museo de Arte Virreinal in an 18th-century former monastery. Exhibits of colonial religious art and artifacts.

Museo Guillermo Spratling The former home of silver design legend William Spratling houses this museum full of his striking pre-Hispanic-influenced designs along with Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec artifacts.

Casa Figueroa Elegant former private home turned museum with period furnishings and history exhibits. Guided tours available.

TIP: Most Taxco museums are closed on Mondays and are quite small, so you may only need 30-60 minutes at each.

Day Trips Taxco guerrero: Waterfalls, Caves & More

If you have extra time, there are worthwhile side trips from Taxco:

Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Explore one of the world’s largest cave systems, marveling at the dramatic stalactite and stalagmite formations, underground rivers, and caverns. Tours take 90 minutes.

Pozas Azules

Swim in a series of mineral-rich blue and green pools and small waterfalls, and go ziplining at this water park in a idyllic setting about 30 min drive from Taxco.

Taxco el Viejo

The original site of the town of Taxco, this is a sleepy village worth visiting for its charming main square and 16th-century church.

Paisaje de casas y calle con vocho en medio en Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero. México

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Where To Eat- taxco guerrero restaurants 

Fondas in the Mercado Pino Suárez
Excellent pozole, tacos, barbacoa and other casual Mexican eats at bargain prices.

Tía Calla An unpretentious spot with delectable traditional Guerrero dishes like the green pozole.

Casa Borda Restaurante On the top floor of the historic Casa Borda with great zócalo and cathedral views. Slightly elevated Mexican fare.

Sotol Bar Cozy watering hole with a good selection of mezcals, craft cocktails, and a laid back vibe.

Pasteleria Bon Satisfy your sweet tooth at this whimsical bakery full of enticing European-style pastries and beautiful packaging.

 3-Day Itinerary Taxco Silver town in mexico

Day 1: Walking Tour & Silver Shopping

  • Morning: Get acquainted with Taxco on a strolling tour of the historic center, visiting landmarks like the Casa Borda, Casa Humboldt, Plazuela de San Juan, and of course the Santa Prisca Church.
  • Lunch: Pick up a chicken taco or green pozole at one of the fondas in the Mercado Pino Suárez.
  • Afternoon: Shop for silver treasures along the Calle Juan Ruiz de Alarcón or at the Casa de las Artesanías. Visit the Museo Guillermo Spratling and/or Casa Figueroa if there’s time before they close.
  • Evening: Have a memorable meal at the restaurant in the Hotel Montetaxco, reached via cable car as the sun sets over the city.

Day 2: Cristo & Museums

  • Morning: Take a cab up to the towering Cristo Rey statue and marvel at the bird’s eye views down over Taxco. Visit the surrounding vendors for souvenirs.
  • Lunch: Refuel with sweet treats from Pasteleria Bon.
  • Afternoon: Visit a couple of Taxco’s small museums, like the Spratling and Figueroa museums, for a dose of history, culture and art. Squeeze in some last-minute silver shopping.
  • Evening: Enjoy a dinner of upscale Mexican classics with a stellar view at Casa Borda Restaurante. Cap off the night with craft cocktails at Sotol.

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Day 3: Caves or Waterfalls

  • Morning: Grab a quick breakfast at your hotel or a cafe on the zócalo before setting out on a side trip.
  • All Day: Choose between a spelunking excursion at the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa cave system OR a refreshing outing to swim in the blue pools and waterfalls of Pozas Azules. Pack a picnic lunch.
  • Evening: Back in Taxco, treat yourself to a delicious final dinner showcasing Guerrero specialties at Tía Calla. Take an after-dinner stroll around town to soak up the magic one last time.

Frequently Asked Questions taxco de alarcon guerrero

What’s the best time of year to visit Taxco?

November through April tend to have the most pleasant weather. The rainy season runs June-September. December and January have nice holiday decorations but bigger crowds.

How safe is Taxco for tourists?

While the state of Guerrero has had issues with violence, Taxco is considered quite safe for tourists who stick to the well-traveled central areas. As always, be aware of your surroundings and take normal precautions with valuables.

Can I get by with just English?

Knowing at least a few basic phrases in Spanish is very helpful, as many Taxco locals don’t speak much English. However, most people working in the tourism industry do speak some English.

When are most things closed?

Many Taxco shops, silver workshops, museums and other attractions are closed on Mondays. They also tend to close for a few hours in the afternoon for comida (main meal) and siesta.

What should I bring back as a souvenir?

Sterling silver jewelry is the classic Taxco gift, but you can also find lovely handmade textiles, ceramics, wood carvings, and glassware. Artisanal mezcal from Guerrero also makes a great memento.

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