Nestled in the rugged hills of central Mexico is the silver mining town of Taxco. Little white homes and shops line steeply sloped streets; the entire town is on a hillside. Standing above the town is the classic old church, which looks taller than it actually is since it’s located uphill from most of the town.
I simply love walking around the town. It feels like you’re stepping into a different time.
Than there is the silver. Taxco has remained true to its mining town heritage with silver shops on every corner, selling necklaces, rings, figures, engravings and much more. The pure silver is of high quality and prices are low.
Whether you a silver fanatic or not, I’m sure you’ll find a few knickknacks to take home. I always do.
As you can see in the picture below, the shops selling silver are much more in an informal “market” style than an elegant jewelry shop. For me, this is part of the charm.
How to Get There
Most retirees tend to settle in the popular beachfront locations in Mexico, or in the two interior towns of Chapala or San Miguel del Allende. But getting to a place like Taxco is not so difficult.
Very cheap plane tickets can be found to Mexico City from the places like Cancun – often under $100 USD round trip. If you fly to the nearby city of Toluca, you’re even closer to Taxco (as well as the quaint lakefront town of Valle de Bravo) and you will skip out on Mexico City’s traffic.
The bus ride is about 2 hours from Toluca. Mexico City should only be about 20 minutes more by distance, but traffic could add another hour.
Now, this sounds like a lot of travel just to get to a little silver town, even though it is picturesque and quaint; however, there are a number of beautiful little gems hidden in these hills, and it’s worth a discovery trip of a few days – or even a week or two – in this part of central Mexico.
This is a beautiful view of the town at sunset:
Here you can see how the houses and shops line the steep streets:
Thi is the picturesque town square, right in front of the church, as is always the case in Mexico:
I hope that you have the pleasure to visit Taxco one day in your Mexico retirement!
-by Bea Lozano