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.