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Taxco

Mestizo Silversmith

Its name comes from the Nahuatl word tlachco, which means: "Place where ball is played". The addition of Alarcón was assigned to him in memory of the outstanding Taxco writer Juan Ruíz de Alarcón.

It was founded in 1529 by Rodrigo de Castañeda, captain of Hernán Cortés, on indigenous settlements, in order to exploit its inexhaustible mines of silver, precious stones and other metals.

In 1929, Guillermo Spratling, an American architect and journalist, arrived in Taxco. When he learned about the works that were done here in silver, he began to get involved with the artisans and, later, he founded the first silver workshop in the city, creating a new range of jewels that would give world-wide fame to this municipality of Guerrero.

In addition to being the most famous silversmith center in the country, it is undoubtedly one of the best preserved colonial jewels of the mid-eighteenth century, which makes it an invitation to tour its streets, and its more than 300 shops and workshops dedicated to silverware, interspersed between chapels and parishes.

For your tour, consider the Parish of Santa Prisca, one of the best exponents of the Mexican architectural baroque. Another obligatory stopover is La Casa Borda, a building in which there is an exquisite series of monograms of the Sagrada Familia, without overlooking the beauty of its interior patios.

Most of the typical cuisine of Taxco is made with ingredients of mestizo tradition, from which arise delights such as bean tamales, pumpkin and plum, without forgetting the cold cuts: a mixture of meat, fruit and vegetables stewed with jalapeño peppers. La Berta, a traditional drink, is a combination of tequila, honey, lemon and mineral water.

In this corner of Guerrero, the festivities are lived throughout the year, starting with the celebration of San Antonio Abad, on January 17, when the blessing of animals takes place in the atrium of the parish. Meanwhile, on January 18, the patron saint festival of San Sebastián and Santa Prisca begins, in which music and fireworks decorate the fair that is installed to commemorate the occasion.

A special mention deserves the celebration of Holy Week in Taxco, where the realism of its representation is a hallmark of this city, thanks to the participation of fraternities and fraternities of hooded men, who carry thick bales of thorny branches to flagellate and feel firsthand the pain of Jesus during his passion and death.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Parish of Santa Prisca and Saint Sebastian Built in 1758, this is one of the most beautiful and representative samples of the Mexican baroque architectonic style.
  • Chapel of the Holy Trinity It is one of the oldest chapels in this Magic Town. Its original structure is preserved despite the building was restored in the 18th century.
  • Humboldt House Built in the 18th century, this building honors the German explorer, Alexander von Humboldt, who spent a season in this town during the 19th century. In this house is located also the Novo Hispanic Art Museum.
  • William Spratling Museum In honor of the American silver-designer who opened in 1931 the first Silversmithing house in Taxco. This Museum is mainly focused in the Pre-Hispanic History of this area.
  • Huixteco Hill Ideal place to get amazing views of the town, and to enjoy the surrounding flora and fauna. You can also practice here some extreme sports.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivity of Saint Anthony the Abbot It takes place on January 17th each year, and it includes a large fair and fireworks. In the atrium of the church of Santa Prisca, pets and farm animals are blessed by the priests.
  • Jornadas Alarconianas (Alarcon’s Conferences) Organized in May, this is the most important cultural event of this Magic Town.
  • Silver National Fair It takes place in late November and early December. There are Silversmithing displays and cultural events.
  • You can take a ride on the cable car, which has a route length of 200 meters.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Jumil Endemic insect of this region that is cooked with sauces and other spices. It can be served in other dishes as an ingredient itself .
  • Barbacoa Roasted beef or lamb meat cooked slowly on its own juice, and which is served apart as a broth or consommé.
  • Pozole A typical Mexican dish that consists on a spicy broth seasoned with pork or chicken meat, and ears of corn. It is served with lettuce, radish and onions on top of the broth.
  • Tamales Corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with corn leaves or banana leaves to be steamed. Don´t read it, just try it!
  • Fiambre Different kinds of meats mixed with spices, vegetables and fruits.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • There are many interpretations about the meaning of the Word Taxco. The most accepted one is that it comes from the Aztec word “tlacheco,” which means “Place where the game-ball is played.”
  • Its official name is “Taxco de Alarcon” to honor the Novo Hispanic writer Juan Ruiz de Alarcon, who was born here precisely.
  • In 1850, Taxco was officially recognized as a County Seat.
  • Local celebrities:
  • Juan Ruiz de Alarcon (1580 – 1639) Writer, poet and dramatist, who has given his prestigious last name to this Magic Town.

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  • Silversmithing, worldwide recognized because of its beauty, quality and purity.
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