Apart from being known for its silver, Taxco is pretty understated as a tourist destination which makes it even more appealing. When we arrived the beauty of the town was a total surprise.
Nestled between mountains and cliffs, the towns beautiful colonial buildings sit on slopes of cobbled streets. The streets are actually so steep that most of the taxi drivers opt for altered Volkswagen beetles as they are apparently the only cars that can take on the gradient. One issue we had with these altered cars was that a lot of them have the front seat removed to reduce weight and make room for a bigger engine. When our group of five tried to squeeze into one taxi, the driver suggested he would be able to get another seat for the front which turned out to be a three-legged stool.
After a very precarious 40-minute taxi ride on a wobbling stall, we made it to Las Pozas Azules, a collection of natural pools and waterfalls just outside the city. There were a few issues with this trip besides the unstable taxi ride. A lot of the locals told us that this area would be dangerous to go to because there’s not a lot of people. It’s not a recommended tourist attraction but we found that there wasn’t anything to worry about upon arriving. The actual pool is a muddy brown after heavy rain, instead of blue, so it wasn’t as idyllic as many of the pictures you can find on the internet but it was still something off the beaten track. It’s also reasonably cheap to hire a taxi driver to take you there and back and wait for you whilst you enjoy the pools. It cost us only 400 Mexican pesos between 5 people to stay at the pools for 2 hours (£17.30). The pools themselves are a short walk through the jungle from where the taxi took us. Before you think about diving in, remember that the water is incredibly cold.
The town itself has a few attractions including the Santa Prisca de Taxco cathedral, an incredible colonial monument. Renowned for its silver, the town is covered in jewelry shops in which you can buy economical souvenirs and gifts as well more expensive silver marked with an official number which guarantees authenticity and official receipts which you can request with any purchase. We visited a small shop near to the cathedral which explained how to detect real silver compared to silver plated metal.
In terms of accommodation, this town really doesn’t have many options in the way of hostels but we managed to find Hostal Juan Sebastian. This hostel is in a great location, hidden down a small sloped street just minutes away from the centre and the cathedral. Most of the rooms are spacious doubles but there are also standard dorms with bunk beds if you’re looking for something cheaper. Our group managed to get two rooms with 3 double beds and a single for just 200 pesos (£8.70) each per night. It also has a rooftop kitchen where you can take your own drinks with a view of the cathedral lit up at night. Just two minutes up the street is a great restaurant called Aladino where you can get Mexican food like tacos and quesadillas as well as pizza and burgers for as little as 30 pesos (£1.30).