The brightness of the rainbow that bloomed in the sky, eclipsed on the horizon the town of Taxco, which emerged as a series of buildings of classical colonial architecture bordering the green hills. The surrounding mountains looked like green carpets stretching gently towards the beauty of the "magical town".
Taxco de Alarcón, or more simply known as Taxco, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. It is located in Guerrero state, about 170 km southwest of the capital city of the country, Mexico City, and 90 km from Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos state.
The name City of Taxco comes from the word "Tlachco", in Nahuatl, which means "place of the ball game" or place of soccer matches (the pre-Hispanic ritual game played with a rubber ball). The name of Tlachco was later changed to Taxco de Alarcón, Taxco for the adaptation of the word to the Spanish language, and of Alarcón in honor of the famous Mexican writer Juan Ruiz de Alarcón y Mendoza, who is believed to have been born in this city in 1581.
The main attraction of the small city of Taxco is its spectacular panorama. Taxco is located in a mountainous area, due to which its cobbled streets rise and fall, are narrow, winding and irregular, and often lack sidewalks, but they look beautiful, like the ornamental lines in paintings and murals of white stone.
The typical narrow streets of Taxco
Many of the houses in Taxco were built on the edges of the cliffs. Although it seems dangerous, many of these buildings have been there for hundreds of years, and their existence adds beauty to the landscape.
To enjoy the views even more, without getting tired, tourists can use a cable car from where it is possible to admire a large part of the city of Taxco from the air.
The cable car crossing over the road in Taxco
For a cost of 90 pesos (76,000 rp. with the exchange rate of the moment) for the round trip, or 60 pesos (around 51,000 rp.) for a simple trip, we can appreciate from the heights the beautiful panorama of the charming town of Taxco.
View of the city of Taxco from the cable car
We can also enjoy the spectacular panorama of the city of Taxco, with another perspective, from the platform of Cristo Rey Monumental.
The Cristo Monumental is a statue of 5 meters of height (10 meters, if we count the pedestal that sustains it) located in the Hill of Atache. It is a really beautiful place, on the edge of the city, in the center of the forest over the edge of the mountain. From this place we can enjoy an unparalleled view.
Cristo Rey Monumental, Taxco
We can visit the Cristo Rey Monumental free of charge at any time. To get to this place we can board a combi (small van/bus), which goes through the center, towards Cascahuates, for a fee of around $ 10 pesos. The combi stops at the side of the road; from there you have to walk around 120 meters, about 5 minutes, to get to the monument.
You can also take a taxi, whose cost from the center of the city varies from 130 to 300 pesos. Although it seems expensive, the driver will take you quickly and expertly, through winding and steep shortcuts through the houses perched on the edge of Cerro de Atache, directly to the base of the statue.
If you have your own car there are signs along the road that borders the town, which is the long route but the most recommended. The short road, the one used by taxi drivers, is impassable for some kinds of cars and dangerous for inexperienced drivers.
In addition to the unique panorama, Taxco offers other attractions. The visitor can not leave the Plaza Borda, the main square of the city of Taxco, which is an ideal place for tourists to rest and take an ice cream after touring the streets of the town.
Plaza Borda, Taxco
Casa Borda is one of the most important non-religious buildings in Taxco, the former employer's house of José de la Borda, mining entrepreneur, the man who built Borda House, Borda Square and other constructions and streets in the town.
It is essential to visit the Templo de Santa Prisca y San Sebastián (also built by José de la Borda), which is often called simply Church of Santa Prisca, a colonial structure built between 1751 and 1758. It is located on the east side of Plaza Borda and is one of the few buildings of Baroque style in the State of Guerrero.
Templo de Santa Prisca, Taxco
For lovers of museums, near the main square there are two interesting museums: the Museo William Spratling Museum and the Museo de Arte Colonial.
The Museo William Spratling contains pieces of silver and archeology from the Spratling private collection. William Spratling was an American architect and writer who, after moving to Taxco, founded the first silvershop, which gave rise to the thriving jewelry industry that now is one of the main attractions of the town. In the Museum of Colonial Art we can appreciate a historical exhibition of handicrafts and artifacts from the colonial period in Taxco, some of which belonged to José de la Borda.
Typical handicrafts of Taxco
Now Taxco has become the city with the largest production of silver jewelry and crafts in Mexico. So much so that Taxco silver has become one of the main export products of the country.
Along the streets there are ostentatious jewelers as well as workshops and even modest craft markets, where the affordable prices and the high quality of the pieces make the visitor can not leave without having bought something as a souvenir.