If you are looking for a cute little town to escape to, you should look at staying in Taxco. Taxco is a small town in the north of Guerrero with much European charm colored with Mexican traditions and culture.
Taxco used to be a mining village during the rush in the 18th century. However, here instead of gold they mine for silver. These days the mines are closed but the town has retained its originality, and you can still find stands selling silver all around the city in different markets or as a stand-alone.
To get here is relatively simple. It is a trendy tourist destination; therefore, they provide buses from many bigger cities around. From Cuernavaca, it took us about one hour to one hour and a half, and we paid approximately 100 pesos. You can also ask a taxi to take you from one of the close big cities, and it would cost you about 500 pesos, which is still okay if you are sharing it with up to four people.
Once you reach Taxco, your best option is to walk everywhere. Since the city is built on a mountain, the streets are almost vertical and going anywhere by car feels like a rollercoaster. Most people will be driving beetles since they are the best cars to handle the roads. If you are grabbing a taxi, you will most likely only find three seats, since they take out one of the front seats to make it easier for people to get in and out.
There are many boutique hotels in the center of Taxco, which you can look into. These might be a bit expensive because of the fantastic location they have to offer. You can also look into AirBnB which might be available. We found a huge place close to one of the most famous hotels in the town for 1000 pesos per night, which sounds like much, but we had eight beds and two more couches where people could sleep. We had a gorgeous view as well so I would recommend staying in the region of Hotel Montetaxco instead of downtown.
One thing to be careful of is going out at night. Guerrero is known as one of the most dangerous, states, and while most likely nothing will, happen, it is better to be cautious. This is especially important if you are European since you are foreign and therefore can quickly become a target.
There are many cute little restaurants scattered throughout the center of the town. The prices are reasonable for the amazing location and the quality of food. We had dinner at a restaurant called Rosa Mexicano. They had a beautiful terrace overlooking the town. One of the dishes you should try when coming here is the mole rosa, which is a sauce you can have with different dishes and it is delicious.
Do not miss eating on the roof of one of the many restaurants or hotels around the center. The prices are a bit, higher, but the view is amazing. Perfect place to come for a celebratory dinner or an anniversary (or for no special reason at all).
Things to see and do
Now you are probably wondering why you should come to this little place that is just an old mining village. You are right. There is nothing inherently special about it. However, it is adorable and will invite you to travel back around 50 years in time. They also have a few sights you should not miss.
We have already talked about the silver markets. They happen mostly on Saturday morning, but you can still find a few vendors at other times. On a Saturday, you will find all the streets full, and every corner has a new store. They all sell more or less the same designs so feel free to wander around and find the one with the best price.
You also have to see the main square and the church. This church looks very bare from the outside, but the inside is decorated with gold leaf and statues in a baroque style. It is a little over the top, but somehow it fits the town perfectly well.
Taxco also has a Jesus statue similar to the one in Rio de Janiero just way smaller. To get up here is quite a hike, so we took a taxi. It cost us 130 pesos up and down with the guy waiting for us at the top. This is one of the best places to take pictures of all of Taxco since you can see it being spread out in front of you.
If you want to be adventurous and feel like in the past, you can take the cable car up to the Hotel Montetaxco. It is a gorgeous ride in an old cable car to a beautiful viewpoint. You can then have a drink or lunch at the hotel and come back down. Or if you do the same during dinner time, you might be able to catch the sunset on the way up or during dinner.
I can say that over the course of a weekend I fell in love with Taxco and I cannot wait to visit again in the future. I hope this guide inspired you to make the trip and see this adorable little town. If you do, please share your experiences with me in the comments below or on Social Media.