Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero
Before this, I thought Guanajuato, Mexico would be the pinnacle of colonial architectural beauty within Mexico. I was wrong. Taxco is right up there for an amazingly intricate, complex, and beautiful town built right into the lush green mountainsides.
Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero, Mexico
Taking a bus from Taxco involves a quick 20 minute Uber ride to the southern Mexico City bus station, and then a roughly 3 hour bus ride to Taxco Bus terminal.
For some quick history, the original Taxco was originally called “Tlachco” which means “The place of the ball game” in the indigenous Nahuatl language. “De Alarcón” was appended in honor of a famous writer from this same town. The original town of Taxco (now called “Taxco El Viejo – Old Taxco”) was actually located 10km south of of the new Taxco, but was eventually relocated by the Spanish conquistadores for the purpose of mining the mountains which were rich in silver.
A Mini Break to Try Some Mezcal
At the hill where the Jesus statue is, you can continue even further up, and then make a left turn into a one of the main roads. At the intersection was a man selling his ‘Mezcals' which means ‘oven-cooked agave' in the indigenous language of nahuatl. It is a traditional drink of around 38-55% alcohol.
After having a couple shots of mezcal, and feeling slightly tipsy, it was time to continue to the waterfall of Taxco
Continuing Along The Outskirts of Central Taxco
Leaving the central area of Taxco leads to a couple winding paths that are mostly traversed with cars, buses or motorcycles. Feeling tipsy, I decided it was best to enjoy the novelty of the simply walking a few kilometers on this warm clear sunny day.
At this point, it was time to start climbing up towards the head of the waterfall
Unfortunately, due to some circumstances, I wasn't able to make it to the top of the waterfall. Instead getting lost in the jungle (and not taking photos).
From Dusk Till Dawn
Because of getting lost in the jungle, it took some time to get back out, and once out, I simply wanted to get back into the central part of Taxco to catch my bus out of the city.
I would have loved to traverse even higher up the waterfall, as well as staying an extra day in the town of Taxco to make more incredible photos. Unfortunately, I underestimated the amount if intrigue and beauty of the town, and scheduled this as a same-day trip.
Will I come back here in the future? I would like to plan that one day for sure. Would I recommend Taxco, Guerrero for a visit? Most definitely. The red rooftops with white facades contrasting with the vivid green nature of the surrounding Mexican landscape is breathtaking – especially after living in the concrete jungle of Mexico city.
Highly recommended, and it's a mere 3 hours by bus. A+
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