The View from Taxco

Taxco is another “magic town” in the mountains three hours south of Mexico City. It is known for its silver mining and artisans, but during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, silver is not the main attraction.

When I arrived in Taxco I immediately felt like I was in another country. The more I learn about Mexico the more diverse I realize it is – in landscape, people, culture, history, food. Each region is a new experience, and Taxco, with its extremely steep and narrow cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and silver mining history, reminded me of places I’d visited in Bolivia.

I had plenty of time to explore the steep streets during the days, before the Holy Week processions began. I didn’t see many tourists who look like me, but there were thousands of tourists from other parts of Mexico. Families wandered the streets all day and night and shops and cafes seemed to never close. Vendors sold everything: tacos, ice cream, fruit, drinks – all available with salt, lime, and chili powder. Sombreros, bracelets, silver, and all types of souvenirs were sold on every street. Despite the multitude of people in such a small space, it was a calm, quiet, and peaceful atmosphere.

I had read about Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Taxco but nothing could have prepared me for the actual experience I was about to have. More on that in my next post. For now, here is an introduction to Taxco.

At night, this street would be packed with processions and onlookers.
It’s easy to get lost, but the Cathedral is a good frame of reference.
Holy Week souvenirs or instant noodles?
I always find a band.
See below for music samples.
I felt like I was back in Rio after walking from the Cathedral to the Cristo.
Taxco at night
Why is this boy dressed like this? Find out in my next post!

Comments (6):

  1. Lori

    April 19, 2019 at 17:51

    Wonderful pics, Tim…..I hope you danced a bit!

    • Tim Flanagan

      April 20, 2019 at 03:33

      There are some things I can’t reveal on this blog.

  2. Vicky Ann

    April 19, 2019 at 21:05

    Ok, you have my curiosity ::::::why?

    • Tim Flanagan

      April 20, 2019 at 03:34


  3. Diane gallo

    April 20, 2019 at 08:54

    I can’t wait to go and I can’t wait to hear about your trip!

    • Tim Flanagan

      April 21, 2019 at 01:12

      You’re going to love it!


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