Monday, February 15, 2010

Treasure-Hunting in Taxco.......















Most people take the trip to Taxco to treasure-hunt for amazing deals in Mexican silver and jewellery in this former mining town - and why not - for there are some beautiful designs and bargains to be snapped up...

















It is easy to spend an entire weekend delving down into the dens of infinite stalls in the silver markets, but there are many other other aspects to this town to appreciate. The beautiful cathedral dominates the zocalo, and the rest of the town is a veritable warren of white-washed architecture with black wrought iron ornamentation set into the hillside with a myriad of picturesque cobbled alleyways, terraces, and rooftops to explore..

















If you want a break from the frenetic silver-hunting down below, then take the cable car (el teleferico) to the top of the mountains and be rewarded with such green vistas and the wafting scent of sweet pine trees...











Up here you can stay at the most exclusive hotel "Monte Taxco" with rooms at 130USD, but there is also a wealth of charming accomodation back in the town in the most appealing of colonial houses. Try "Mi Casita" or "Agua Escondido" both at 50USD for a double room, but the best bargain of all is a room in the stunning converted monastery "Los Arcos" - a steal at 30USD per double.



I spent last weekend here, and have visited at least ten times before, and have never tired of the place. It is always sunny, and it is the perfect day trip or weekend retreat from Mexico City - only two and a half hours by bus from Taxquena Bus Station. If you want further persuasion, I have priced up the silver - it is five times more expensive at any resort in Mexico, and at least ten times more expensive anywhere outside of Mexico - so what are you waiting for?? - come to the source of it all!! For more gorgeous glimpses of the world this week click here for My World Tuesday.

14 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I would love to, Catherine!! Such a great place! And your photos are marvelous as always! Glad you had a great weekend -- I'm envious!! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Brit Gal Sarah said...

I don't think I'd ever tire of it either, looks like a great place. Love the silver too, I'd be broke!

J Bar said...

Fantastic shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Lawstude said...

what a cosmopolitan and beautiful city. thanks for sharing your world.

Cybele's patch said...

Thank you for the tour. It is a beautiful place. And all that silver, it makes me greedy.

Stine in Ontario said...

The bargains sound wonderful, Catherine. I'll be there in a few hours...I wish! Meanwhile, I shall dream as I look at your photos.

Lara Neusiedler said...

fascinating place! could spend hour and hours going around!

Catherine said...

glad you all like the look of Taxco...comments much appreciated..

A Cuban In London said...

So, they have a teleferico, too! Last time I saw one was in Spain last summer at Picos de Europa. Your photos are incredible. Many thanks. Everytime there's a new angle to Mexico of which I wasn't aware before. Jewellery this time.

Greetings from London.

Wendy said...

I really want to go Taxco. Looks lovely and excellent for silver treasure.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

What I would like to know is how do they keep silver from tarnishing! By the way, I have added another view of the Water Tower to that post - hopefully starting a discussion about the aesthetics of cropping
photos! We only get bad news about Mexico here, yet you present a very different inviting picture of a place to visit.

Catherine said...

Hey Cuban Wendy - thanks for stopping by - and Margaret - more water towers?? am checking your site right now!!

twincapes said...

Sounds great, I'd love to spend a weekend treasure-hunting through the markets.

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