The Ultimate Guide to Taxco: Mexico’s Silver Capital

From sipping mezcal in cozy restaurants to exploring cobblestone streets lined with colonial architecture, we’ve got your ultimate guide to everything Taxco. Yes, it’s just as dreamy as it sounds!

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Taxco, often dubbed “The Silver Capital of Mexico”, is a cobblestone street-lined town built on the hillsides of Guerrero.

Taxco is famed for its silver mines, which helped it grow during the Spanish colonial era. Today, its landmark is the 18th-century Santa Prisca church, located right in the center of the town.

Nowadays, Taxco is a place where Mexican locals go on vacation – but it’s quickly become a popular place for foreigners to visit.

So if you’ve ever dreamed of wandering through cobblestone streets, soaking in rooftop views of the Mexican countryside, or diving hands-on into silver jewelry making, Taxco is the place to be.

If you are based in Mexico City you can check out the top-rated Cuernavaca and Taxco Tour from Mexico City, which includes transportation and a guide for these two colonial-era cities.

Things to Do in Taxco

Often dubbed as the ‘Silver Capital of the World,’ this charming town offers more than just glimmering metal.

From strolling along its cobblestone streets to uncovering intricate silver crafts in bustling markets, Taxco promises a captivating journey for all types of travelers.

Here are some things that we recommend doing in Taxco:

Saturday Silver Market (Tianguis de Plata Sabatino)

Chloe shopping for silver in Taxco’s Saturday Silver Market

📍 Saturday Silver Market – Google Maps | Hours: Saturdays, 9:30 am to 6 pm

Imagine going to Mexico’s dazzling silver capital and not snagging some shimmering treasures to take home. Unthinkable, right?

The crown jewel for silver shopping in Taxco has to be its bustling Saturday Silver Market. Operating only on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, this marketplace is the ultimate haven for silver aficionados. With hundreds of vendors, it’s the absolute BEST place to buy your silver in Taxco.

Trust us, you’ll need more than just a few hours to explore— we were there for over four hours and still couldn’t see it all!

As you wander through this labyrinth of silver, you’ll discover that each vendor is a master of their own craft. You might stumble upon one selling an exquisite range of silver chains, while another could be a ring specialist.

And here’s the kicker: Each vendor has a level playing field when it comes to pricing. It’s all done by weight!

Curious about the cost of that intricate bracelet or sleek necklace? The vendor will weigh your desired item and quote you a price, straight up. After surveying multiple stalls, we found that pricing is surprisingly consistent across the board.

👉 Our tip for the silver markets: Bring a magnet with you to test the authenticity of silver jewelry. If the jewelry sticks to the magnet, it’s not made of sterling silver, as sterling silver is not magnetic.

The beauty of indulging in silver jewelry? It’s the ultimate space-saver for your travel bag!

Confession time: We couldn’t resist the allure and ended up splurging a cool 1600 pesos on dazzling silver pieces!

While we’re usually minimalists when it comes to travel souvenirs, the compact size and timeless elegance of Taxco’s silver made it the perfect exception. This was our golden (or should we say, “silver”) opportunity to bring back something truly special without overstuffing our luggage.

Mina Prehispánica de Taxco

📍 Mina Prehispánica de Taxco – Google Maps | Hours: Every day, 9 am – 6 pm

Imagine stumbling upon a hidden pre-Hispanic mine—right under your hotel! That’s precisely what happened at Hotel De La Misión during a routine renovation in 2014. Quick to spot an opportunity, the hotel now offers thrilling underground tours for those curious enough to explore.

We couldn’t resist diving into this subterranean adventure, and though the tour was conducted in Spanish, the experience was still fascinating.

The tour kicks off with an elevator descent into the depths of the mine, followed by a guided walk through the labyrinth of tunnels. Along the way, we learned about the mine’s rich history and the variety of minerals unearthed there.

At $150 pesos per ticket—complete with a complimentary drink voucher from the gift shop—this tour offers great value. But here’s a twist: Our favorite part of the whole experience wasn’t even the mine itself.

Turns out, the hotel’s corridors are a photographer’s dream. With minimal foot traffic and a captivating backdrop, we seized the chance for an impromptu photo session post-tour. Trust us, the Hotel De La Misión’s grounds alone are worth the trip.

The grounds of the Hotel De La Misión serve as the perfect photo backdrop!

Make Your Own Silver Ring

Book your ringmaking experience with Gustavo here!

The absolute highlight of our trip to Taxco? Crafting our very own silver rings!

After soaking in the glimmering beauty of the Saturday Silver Market, we took our love for silver to the next level by joining a hands-on workshop with Gustavo.

There are all sorts of designs to choose from, and Gustavo is a wizard at collaborating to craft a ring that’s uniquely you.

Prepare to be fully immersed in the intricate world of silversmithing—Gustavo walks you through every step of the process.

You’ll be mixing your own sterling silver alloy, stamping personalized text and textures onto the ring, fine-tuning the size, and applying the finishing touches—all under his expert guidance.

The end result? A one-of-a-kind sterling silver ring that’s not just a piece of jewelry, but a story, a memory, and a slice of Taxco’s rich artisanal heritage, all wrapped around your finger.

Visit the Zocalo and Church of Santa Prisca

📍 Taxco Zocalo – Google Maps

It’s easy to assume that every Mexican town’s zocalo (central square) will offer the same experience, but Taxco’s Plaza Borda defies that notion and elevates it to an art form.

Dubbed as the social and cultural hub of the town, Plaza Borda is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Named in honor of José de la Borda, a mining magnate, the square boasts the majestic Santa Prisca Church on one end and an eclectic mix of cafes, shops, and eateries on the other.

Built by José de la Borda himself in the 18th century, the Santa Prisca Church is more than just a beautiful backdrop—it’s a treasure trove of intricate gold altarpieces and mesmerizing frescoes.

Inside the Santa Prisca Church: A Symphony of Golden Grandeur in the Heart of Taxco’s Zocalo.

👉 Did you know? The construction of the Santa Prisca Church nearly drove José de la Borda to bankruptcy—quite a feat for someone who was minting money in the silver mining business.

Looking for a show? You won’t have to look far. Taxco’s Zocalo is a vibrant performance space that seemingly never sleeps.

Whether it’s the allure of live music, the enchantment of street artists, or the nightly spectacle of the church bathed in colorful light projections, Taxco’s zocalo steals the spotlight as the most vivacious square we’ve ever encountered in Mexico.

Seriously, it seems like there’s ALWAYS something going on in Taxco’s Zocalo.

Hungry for more than just culture? You’re in luck! As you revel in street performances, an array of vendors surround the square, ready to satisfy your culinary cravings with everything from local snacks to international delicacies.

Places to Eat in Taxco

Ready to savor the flavors of Taxco? While the city may be famed for its silver, its culinary scene is nothing short of golden.

From humble street vendors serving up local delicacies to elegant restaurants offering international cuisine, Taxco offers a feast for every palate.

In this section, we’ll guide you through some of our favorite dining spots in this charming Pueblo Mágico.

Del Angel Inn Restaurant

📍 Del Angel Inn – Google Maps

Known for its breathtaking views, Del Angel Inn Restaurant is located just a short walk from the main square in Taxco.

The restaurant has been in operation for over 50 years and is known for its traditional Mexican cuisine.

The dining room at Del Angel Inn is decorated in a colonial style and has a warm and inviting atmosphere. But its best dining area is its outdoor patio which is perfect for dining al fresco.

Restaurante Casa Santa Lucía

📍 Restaurante Casa Santa Lucía – Google Maps

Restaurante Casa Santa Lucía is a restaurant located in the historic center of Taxco, Mexico. It is a short walk from the Santa Prisca Church and the main square. The restaurant is housed in a colonial-era building that was once a convent.

The restaurant is known for its traditional Mexican cuisine, which is made with fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant’s bar has a good selection of tequilas and mezcals.

The dining room is decorated in a traditional Mexican style, with colorful tile floors, and hand-carved furniture. There is also an outdoor patio that overlooks the street that is perfect for dining (and people-watching 😉).

La Noche Estrellada

📍 La Noche Estrellada – Google Maps

La Noche Estrellada is located on the Zocalo, next to the Santa Prisca Church.

👉 Fun fact: La Noche Estrellada is named after Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting “The Starry Night” (“La Noche Estrellada” in Spanish)

La Noche Estrellada is known for its international cuisine, which is made with fresh, local ingredients. The menu features a wide variety of dishes, including pizza, pasta, steak, and seafood. The restaurant also has a good selection of wines and cocktails.

The dining room is decorated in a modern style, with a warm and inviting atmosphere. There is also an outdoor patio with encompassing views.

Sotavento Restaurante Bar

📍 Sotavento Restaurante Bar – Google Maps

How to Get to Taxco

Getting to Taxco from Mexico City is relatively straightforward, as there are multiple methods of transportation that can suit different budgets, time constraints, and travel styles.

Here are some of the most common ways to get to Taxco:

Taxco Day Trip from Mexico City

If you are based in Mexico City you can check out the top-rated Cuernavaca and Taxco Tour from Mexico City, which includes transportation and a guide for these colonial-era cities.

Bus

  1. Terminal and Companies: The most popular and convenient way to get to Taxco from Mexico City is by bus. Buses usually depart from the Terminal Central del Sur (Taxqueña) in Mexico City. Companies like Estrella de Oro offer this service.
  2. Duration and Cost: The journey generally takes around 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on traffic and the number of stops. Tickets can range from approximately $15 to $25 USD, depending on the bus class and amenities.
  3. Tickets: It’s advisable to buy your tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons or holidays, either online or at the terminal.

Car

  1. Route: If you’re confident driving in Mexico and prefer the freedom of having your own vehicle, you can rent a car. The most direct route usually involves taking the Mexico City–Cuernavaca highway (Autopista del Sol) and then following signs to Taxco.
  2. Duration and Cost: The journey takes roughly 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic. Keep in mind that there are tolls along the way, and rental fees can vary widely.
  3. Parking: Once in Taxco, parking can be challenging due to the narrow, winding streets. We recommend staying in a hotel that has parking, so arrange parking with your accommodation.

If you decide to drive to Taxco, you’ll need to stay at a hotel that has parking. Here are some hotels in Taxco that have parking:

How to Get to Taxco From Mexico City by Bus

Taking a bus from Mexico City to Taxco is one of the most convenient and popular options for both locals and tourists.

Here’s our guide on how to make the journey from Mexico City to Taxco by bus:

Buses to Taxco generally depart from the Terminal Central del Sur, also known as Taxqueña, in Mexico City. This terminal is accessible via the Mexico City Metro (Line 2), taxis, or rideshare.

To give you an idea of the price of rideshare, we used Uber to get to the bus station from Condesa, and it cost us about $170 pesos.

As far as which bus to take, there are two options: Costa Line and Estrella de Oro.

While you can buy tickets on the spot at the bus station, it’s advisable to book your trip in advance. You’ll get to pick your seat in advance and have a confirmed place on the bus.

Once you arrive at the bus station, you’ll need two pieces of information:

  1. The port
  2. The gate

The port is the area that gets you to the gates. There are only a few ports, but lots of gates.

You’ll need to wait outside of your port until about 15 minutes prior to your bus departure time, then you’ll be allowed through the port and security to the gate.

When we caught the bus in Terminal Central Del Sur, the port that we had to wait at was unclear, so we had to ask someone to figure out which port we were supposed to wait at.

After the port security let us through to the gate, we waited in line at the gate for a few minutes before our tickets were checked and we were allowed to board the bus.

The bus ride itself takes about 2-3 hours, depending on traffic. We left Mexico City in the afternoon, so there was tons of traffic leaving the city.

The bus takes you to Taxco’s central bus station. From the bus station, you can catch a taxi to wherever your lodging is located. The taxi drivers in Taxco are extremely familiar will the entire town.

We’re not very good at Spanish, so we just showed our taxi driver a picture of the exterior of the place we were staying at, and he knew exactly where to take us.

How to Get Around Taxco

Once you’re in Taxco, you have a variety of transportation options to choose from, depending on your preferences, the places you want to visit, and your comfort level with local travel.

Here’s how to get around Taxco:

Walking

Taxco’s historic center is quite compact, and many of the main attractions, such as the Zocalo, and Santa Prisca Church, as well as various restaurants and shopping, are all within walking distance of each other.

However, be prepared for some steep hills and uneven cobblestone streets; sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are necessary.

Taxis

You’ll find these two types of Taxis in Taxco: Vintage VW Bugs, and Nissan cars.

Taxis are readily available and are a convenient way to travel around Taxco, especially if you’re going up the city’s steep cobblestone streets or carrying bags.

The Taxis in Taxco are heavily regulated, and you’ll immediately know which cars are taxis since they are usually vintage Volkswagen Bugs or Nissan cars.

The taxis are white cars with orange markings on their hood and sides. You can’t miss them.

The taxis in Taxco are unmetered, so you may want to negotiate your price before you get in. And be sure to carry cash with you if you – they don’t take credit cards.

Mini-bus or Combi

Mini-buses, known as “combis,” operate along fixed routes and are an inexpensive way to get around.

Combis are useful for reaching areas that are a bit farther from the city center, but they can get crowded, and you’ll need some basic Spanish to navigate the routes effectively.

Cable Car

For a scenic view of Taxco, you can take the cable car that goes up to the Monte Taxco Hotel.

While this is not necessarily a practical way to get around for sightseeing, it’s a popular activity that offers some of the best panoramic views of the town.

How NOT to Get Around Taxco

While Taxco offers several convenient and enjoyable ways to get around, there are also some methods of transportation that are generally not recommended for various reasons.

Here’s what to avoid:

Driving Your Own Car

Navigating through Taxco’s narrow, winding, and steep roads can be challenging even for experienced drivers. Parking is also extremely limited and often costly.

During our visit to Taxco, we didn’t see a single non-taxi car driving up the streets past the Zocalo. In fact, we saw most locals getting around by either walking or using scooters, motorbikes, or 4-wheelers.

Bicycles

While some areas around Taxco might be suitable for biking, the town itself is full of steep hills and narrow cobblestone roads, making it a challenging and potentially dangerous option for cycling.

Unless you are an experienced cyclist familiar with the area, it’s usually best to avoid this mode of transportation.

Uber or Rideshare

There are no ride-sharing services like Uber or DiDi in Taxco. Local taxis are the primary option for quick and convenient rides.

Frequently Asked Questions About Taxco

What Is Taxco Known for?

Calle Palma in Taxco is famous for being a nearly 180-degree turn!

Taxco is primarily known for its silver mining and silver craftsmanship, earning it the nickname “Silver Capital of the World.”

Situated in the Mexican state of Guerrero, the town has a rich history dating back to pre-colonial times but became especially prominent in the colonial period due to its abundant silver deposits.

The town experienced a silver boom in the 18th century, much of which was led by José de la Borda, a French mining entrepreneur who made significant contributions to the community, including the construction of the Santa Prisca Church.

Nowadays, Taxco is designated as one of Mexico’s “Pueblos Mágicos” or “Magical Towns”.

The designation of “Pueblo Mágico,” or “Magical Town,” is an initiative by Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism to recognize and promote towns that offer unique cultural, historical, or natural significance.

The Pueblo Mágico designation serves as an invitation for visitors to explore a part of Mexico that offers a distinct, enriching experience unlike any other.

Being a “Pueblo Mágico” means that Taxco receives support for tourism development and preservation efforts, ensuring that the town’s “magic” is sustained and shared with future generations.

Where Can I Buy Silver in Taxco?

Taxco is filled with numerous shops and markets specializing in silver products. There are jewelry stores around every corner in Taxco, so you won’t have a hard time finding a place to buy silver.

If you’re looking for the best place to buy silver in Taxco, the Tianguis de Plata (Silver Market) is the best choice, but it is only open on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm.

Is It Safe to Travel to Taxco?

Taxco is generally considered to be a safe destination for tourists, especially when compared to some other regions in Mexico.

You might be worried that Taxco is located in the Mexican state of Guerrero – which as of August 2023 is considered “Do Not Travel To” by the U.S. Department of State.

However, Taxco is a popular tourist spot and relies heavily on tourism revenue, so there is a vested interest in keeping the area secure for visitors.

In fact, Taxco is the ONLY location in Guerrero permitted by the U.S. Department of State for U.S. Government employees to travel to.

We visited Taxco in July 2023 and we felt extremely safe while walking around the town and did not have any safety incidents.

However, like traveling to any destination, it’s essential to take usual travel safety precautions.

What’s the Best Time to Visit Taxco?

Considering a trip to Taxco and wondering when to go?

If basking in the warmth and enjoying dry, sunny days are your idea of a perfect vacation, then the spring months of March, April, and May should be on your radar. These months offer stable weather conditions but do tend to be a bit on the warmer side, so pack accordingly.

If you’re the type who prefers a cooler climate and doesn’t mind a bit of rain, then consider visiting during the months of July, August, and September. While these summer months offer milder temperatures, they are also the wettest period of the year. So if you opt for a summer visit, don’t forget to pack that umbrella or raincoat.

Either way, Taxco’s charm shines through in any season, making it a year-round destination worth exploring.

Trey Lewis is an outdoor enthusiast. Whether its hiking knife-edge ridges or just fishing by the river, Trey isn't afraid to get dirty in search of the next adventure.

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