Taxco is one of the magic towns I told you about in Mexico. Taxco is one of those rags to riches story. Not doing so well earlier, it slowly became the Silver capital of the World. First, we visited a silver mine replica with silver jewelry sold. My friends were welcomed there with la Bertha – a traditional cocktail of lemon, water and 7 drops of Tequila. The mine was 800 m deep and you have to extract 2 or 3 tons of stone to get 1 kg of real silver! Taxco with around 100,000 inhabitants now belongs to the so-called Pueblos Magicos – Magic Towns in Mexico where the architecture rules are somehow limited to keep the unique magical feeling. All the houses in Taxco are white with mostly red terracota roofs. Just the shopping mall is looking differently. We walked into the Santa Prisca Cathedral of Taxco. Constructed between 1748 and 1758 it’s said to be one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Mexico.
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After exiting the airport I took a cab through one of the pre-paid taxi stands there (there might be cheaper options but I didn't want to waste the limited time I had to explore). I exchanged the USD at the airport, although, in hindsight, I think I'd have gotten a better rate at the ATMs. Me in Mexico City The taxi dropped me about 2 blocks from the hotel, it cost about 305 Pesos (~22 USD). I had booked a hotel close to Zocalo which is their main square. Think of it like the heart of the city; thousands of people throng this square during weekends and special occasions. It's the thriving spot of culture, politics, and all major events happening in the city. You'll find street performers, road side vendors, bargain gift shops, among others, at Zocalo. It also has the most important historic and architectural monuments of the city: The Metropolitan cathedral, National Palace (Palacio Nacional), Mueseo de bella arte, Palacio Postal, Angel de la independencia (the latter three are walk able distances away).