Located in the hills between Acapulco and about 100 miles southwest of Mexico City, Taxco in the state of Guerrero is one of the oldest mining sites located in the Americas.
History and heritage
Its natural wealth of silver attracted early Conquistadors. Before the arrival of the Spanish, the native Indians called it Tlacho meaning the place of the ballgame. According to local legend the Aztecs had the locals pay tribute to them with gold bars. Hernan Cortes arrived and the Spanish conquered the Aztecs in 1521. A year afterwards Cortes staked his mining claim in Taxco. By the end of the century, silver from Taxco had spread across Europe, and remote Taxco was renown for its wealth.
Today, Taxco has retained its natural charm with its colonial ambiance, red-tiled roofs, cobble-stoned, narrow winding streets and the towering, impressive 240 year old Santa Prisca Cathedral — a grotto of gold ornamentation and decadence.
Wandering the streets, looking into flower-filled courtyards and browsing the Platerias (silver shops) makes for a wonderful way to spend time.
Suggested itinerary featuring Taxco
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Taxco, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Taxco
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Places near Taxco
- Cuernavaca 36 miles away
- Mexico City 68 miles away
- Teotihuacán 93 miles away
- Puebla 99 miles away
- Morelia 131 miles away
- Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo 143 miles away
- Querétaro 150 miles away
- The Colonial Cities 178 miles away
- San Miguel de Allende 180 miles away
- Guanajuato 201 miles away
- Oaxaca 217 miles away
- Veracruz 232 miles away
- Huatulco 298 miles away