Taxco trekking

Posted on April 30, 2007

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It was a barf-inducing bus ride to get to Taxco from Mexico City, but in the end, it was rather worth it.

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The significant other and I recently made a side trip to Taxco – the country’s most renowned silver design and silver-mining town in the Mexican state of Guerro. The lofty reaches of Taxco (about 1,800 m above sea level) weren’t easy to get to – long, dark, windy roads with some hair-on-the-back-of-the neck-raising turns and swerves.

Built on the side of a mountain, the streets are vertiginously steep and uncomfortably narrow, but that didn’t stop locals from parading their cars round the town centre on the Saturday night we were there. Adolescent-types preened in their convertibles with the tops rolled down, blaring the latest in Mexican pop, eager to see and be seen.

Vehicles congestion notwithstanding, the cobblestone-paved streets along with the well-upkept colonial architecture made this town a charming place to stroll around in.

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The ornate baroque-style Santa Prisca church, some 200 years old, takes pride of place in the town square, lined with cafes, little restaurants, and of course, an abundance of silver shops. These sold jewellery, picture frames, ornaments, silverware – basically anything that can be made of silver.

We couldn’t get reservations in the Hotel Los Arcos (pictured below), a lovingly-preserved hotel that was once a monastery, apparent in its bare furnishing and tranquil atmosphere. But we did get some great pictures from the hotel’s roof, which offered an unhindered 360 degree view of the pretty town.

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