Just 70 years ago, the week-long, 160km journey from Mexico City to Taxco was made on horseback. Today, using a modern motorway the exquisite Spanish colonial town can be reached from the capital in around two hours. The trip takes you through rugged mountains and agricultural land before a sea of whitewashed homes with red-tile roofs and the filigree spires of Santa Prisca church suddenly rise into view.
In the 1930s Taxco was declared a national monument, ensuring the preservation of the beautiful mansions built by the city's early silver barons. Taxco is famous for its silver craft work. Shops line the main plaza and all the streets leading to it, and you will find beautiful silver jewellery, traditional and contemporary designs.
Your first stop will be a silver shop where we will learn everything about the silver mining process. The Spaniards were drawn to the area in 1522 by Aztec tales of rich mineral deposits, and the subsequent silver boom lasted until the 19th century. Take a walk through the town which clings to a steep hillside, its narrow, cobblestone streets twisting and turning between colonial buildings and opening onto pretty plazas.
Earlier in the day, en route to Taxco, you’ll stop at Cuernavaca, inhabited since 1,200 BC and one of the oldest cities in the country. You will visit the Robert Brady Museum, named after the American artist and collector who lived there for 24 years, and his home, a former cloister, hosts the museum. There are several paintings by well-known Mexican artists, including Frida Kahlo, but the main attraction is the sheer size and diversity of the collection.