Up and Down in Taxco

Taxco was built on the side of a mountain and the roads are narrow, steep, and paved with stones. They are very reminiscent of hill towns in Sicily, and were built when the major mode of transportation was by foot or mule. The town is now filled with old VW Bugs that go up and down the steepest hills. Often they have to back up several times to turn a corner. We did most of our traveling on foot.

Before we set out for the day we had breakfast at our hotel. It took four people half an hour to cook our eggs, but we finally set out for the Teleferico (cable car) which would take us across the valley to the viewpoint at the Hotel Montetaxco.

On the way we stopped at a tourist office where we learned that silver is no longer mined in Taxco–the miners have been on strike for the last ten years! All of it now comes from Zacatecas and is shipped to Taxco to be reworked into jewelry by the renown Taxco silversmiths.

A word on Mexican tourist offices–the ones that we have stopped at are manned by people selling tours. They are friendly and helpful but keep in mind they might have their own agenda.

The cable car took us up to the fancy Hotel Montetaxco for about $5/person. It took us about 10 minutes to look around the hotel and take in the views before we took the return trip on the cable car.

We walked to the Mercado where we had enchiladas and pork adobo (about $4 each) before we returned to our room for a short siesta.

Seeing as how we each had eaten 4 tortillas for lunch and 4 more for dinner, we decided to walk up to the Christo statue above town. It took us about 2 hours of switch backing up 600 feet of narrow steep streets to the statue. When we arrived we realized we were well above the elevation of the top of the Teleferico!

We really enjoyed the cold beers that we had waiting for us in the fridge back in our room. After rehydrating we walked to a restaurant on the main square where we had a couple of bowls of pozole–a stew of hominy and pork, garnished with avocado, onions, and pork skins.

We’re debating whether we’ll stay another night in Taxco or start working our way east to Oaxaca.

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