Taxco de Alarcon (known as Taxco) is a charming colonial town situated in the mountains between Mexico City and Acapulco in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. It is the quintessential colonial town complete with cobblestone streets, colonial-style whitewashed houses with red tile roofs, and a baroque church - all nestled in the mountains with spectacular views. Taxco is also Mexico’s “Silver Capital”, having a rich history founded in silver trade that began with the discovery of plentiful silver mines which remain today both the city’s biggest export and tourist draw.
Things To Do In Taxco
Visit the Santa Prisca Church - in the 1700’s, Don Jose de la Borda, a Frenchman of Spanish descent, having gained his wealth in the silver mines, funded the construction of the Santa Prisca Church. The ornate church is the centerpiece of Taxco, and its unique architecture is iconic of the tourist draws in many of Mexico’s colonial towns.
Tour the Museo de la Plateria - a silver museum, where visitors can learn about the town’s history of silver, as well as explore the art of silver crafting.
Shop for Silver - Taxco shops carry a broad range of silver merchandise from inexpensive trinkets to high quality, handcrafted, original works of art. Authentic sterling silver pieces must be marked with a .925 stamp, signifying that it is indeed Sterling Silver, comprising 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper ( the copper makes it durable). The Spratling Workshop is a good place to find collector’s pieces. William Spratling, an American silversmith, who founded the shop had a strong influence on Mexican silver design and is credited with having given Taxco its Silver Capital designation.
Traveler’s interested in visiting Taxco might find it worthwhile to make it a stop on a tour of Mexican colonial towns. From Acapulco or Cuernavaca, Taxco is a popular day trip. It's also VERY worthwhile seeing the nearby system of caves known as Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. It's really quite incredible.