Travel Mexico — By Ben on 30 November 2010
A Magical Town – Part 2

Mexico's Minas Tirith

Read the first part here.

Taxco is located only 93 miles south of Mexico City in the state of Guerrero. The word Taxco comes from the word in Nahuatl tlachco that means ball game.  This name was used for the town known today as Old Taxco located about 6 miles from the modern Taxco. The history of Taxco goes back to the Aztec empire when they invaded the territory of the Tlahuicas. In 1445 the Aztecs made this territory  a tributary province for the empire designating a governor for it.

After la conquista the Spanish learned about the richness in minerals around Taxco and decided to found in 1529 the city in its current location because of its proximity to the minerals and its benign climate. The history of Taxco is a difficult one because it was almost forgotten for 200 years until a very important silver deposit was discovered in the 18th century by José de la Borda. And two centuries later, in 1929, the American architect William Spratling established the first silver jewelry workshop in the city boosting the industry. Taxco soon would become the Silver Capital of the World.

Barco de plata

Cabezas de obsidiana

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This picturesque Mexican destination has a lot to offer. It’s beautiful cobblestone streets, white houses with red roofs and colonial buildings make it a charming place to spend a weekend.

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Mexico's Minas Tirith

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One of the main attractions of the city is Santa Prisca Cathedral, a beautiful temple built between 1751 and 1758. Even though I’m not a religious person, the beauty and details of this building have always bewildered me.

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The main plaza is a beautiful place to sit down and enjoy an evening listening to folk music, eating ice cream, Mexican candies or any of the street foods offered there, drinking a cup of coffee in one of the restaurants or cafés or just watching people walk by (that’s what my mom likes to do).

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Asian turists

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Café punta del cielo

I enjoy walking around (and up and down) the town just admiring its beauty, watching people, looking at the amazing arts and crafts and taking pictures.

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And of course, a trip to any town in Mexico is not complete if you don’t visit the local markets. The municipal market of Taxco is one of my favorites because if you follow the little signs through the narrow streets, suddenly you are transported to a different world full of smells, food, and a thousand different sounds and colors without even realizing it. And once you are in, it is difficult to get out, literally.

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We didn’t spend a lot of time in Taxco this time because my dad and I had to work the following day so we left before the highways became too crowded. But I brought back a lot of amazing images (I’ve always said that Mexico is a foodie’s and photographer’s paradise) and the satisfaction of visiting one my favorite places in Middle Earth, I mean Mexico. For information about trips to Taxco, accommodations, activities and tourist services please visit this website where you’ll find all you need to plan your trip to this magical town.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(9) Readers Comments

  1. Minas Tirith to be sure!

  2. Thanks for the virtual visit! That is one gorgeous place.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Thanks for sharing this virutual tour Ben. I dream to come to Mexico just like you dream to visit Greece.

  4. Thank you for this post, Ben. I too fell in love with the delightful atmosphere of this city, also full of history and charm. And that cathedral! Unforgetable.

  5. Thank for the tour. I was there many moons ago…I want to go back!

  6. Magnifiques pictures. Now I want to go.

  7. Truly stunning Ben. You have captured the heart of the city.

  8. this place has been in my list for sometime now… ah, Mexico offers so much to the traveler. thanks for sharing.
    stay adventurous, Craig

  9. I've read all about Taxco, but never seen to many images. Great job with the pictures! It looks like an amazing place to visit.

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