Our final stop on our journey across Mexico’s colonial highlands brought us to Taxco (pronounced like ‘Tabasco’ without the ‘ba’), located on the side of a mountain between Mexico City and Acapulco. It’s whitewashed stone buildings, red-roves, nearly vertical streets and lively Zocalo (main square) made this a perfect place to relax and enjoy our last few days of summer vacation; before returning to work and school. Taxco is also a silver mining town, but on a smaller scale than Guanajuato. Taxco is also famous for its artisanry, turning the silver mined from underneath the mountain into beautiful silver jewelry, platters and religious crosses.
Here are a few other sites from around town.
Latin America’s largest caves, Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, are situated about 30 minutes from Taxco. We visited the caves on our way back to D.F. (Mexico City), because its most of the way down the mountain. The cave system is immense and impressive. We walked 2km into the caves, but they extend another 2km beyond that. At places the “rooms” (salon) are nearly 300 feet in height.