The ancient mining town of Taxco is characterized by its cobbled and winding lanes, traditional plazas and antique houses with elegant colonial facades. The small city of Taxco, sitting just north of the State of Guerrero, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, and understandably so. This beautiful town is embedded in a region sheltered by rolling hills and mountains, but its historical past is also a major draw for tourists and visitors. Due to the intense exploitation of its silver deposits, Taxco became one of the most important mining areas in the empire of New Spain. Today, in almost every corner of the town, you can find stores where locally-produced silver jewelry is sold. Beautiful, high-quality earrings, necklaces, cufflinks and other creations make the perfect gift to take home with you when you leave Taxco. The city's name comes from “Tlachco”, which means “place of the ball game” in the Aztec language, Nahuatl. Following the conquest, Taxco acquired the name Taxco de Alarcon in honor of the famous colonial playwright, Juan Ruiz de Alarcon y Mendoza, who was born in the town in 1581.
The cobbled streets of Taxco are distinguished by their slopes, with almost all of them flowing into beautiful plazas and public squares where locals and tourists can walk, visit the central kiosks, sit on benches to rest in the shade, or enjoy an ice cream. The historical prestige of the town is crowned by its ancient buildings, including innumerable churches, small houses and palaces. Due to the beauty of the surrounding landscape, the astounding architecture, and the traditions and warmth you can feel on its streets, Taxco was designated a Magic Town – meaning a Mexican town of high cultural and touristic value; a town with that special something.
Like any other high-altitude city, Taxco boasts impressive towers and belvederes offering a privileged view of its streets and plazas. Yet by far the best way to discover the beauty of this town and its surroundings is the cable car, which offers a scenic travel at more than 173 meters high. Getting to know Taxco’s local gastronomy is also a singular experience. In Taxco, an amazing variety of delicacies is served, from delicious broths to exotic edible insects such as jumiles, possessing an outstanding cinnamon flavor due to the oak stems and leaves they feed from. Owing to the importance of this ingredient in regional gastronomy, the Jumil Fair was created and is celebrated every year during October.
The magic of Taxco spills out to the places surrounding the town, likewise full of history and touristic hotspots waiting to be discovered. Don't miss a visit to Ixcateopan de Cuauhtemoc with its 16th-century church dedicated to Santa Maria de la Asuncion, considered an important – not to mention beautiful – historic monument. Also of interest is the archeological site of Ixcateopan, an important pre-Hispanic ceremonial center for cult rituals and the decoration of warriors. A great option for those keen to explore is the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park, comprising 2700 hectares of woodland and some mysterious caves (after which the park is named) boasting spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations. The Alexander Humboldt National Park, with its pine and oak woodlands, is the ideal place for camping, walking or horse riding in the great outdoors.