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After hiking 12 miles among the erupting volcanos in Izta-Popo National Park last weekend, Daniel and I decided to plan something much more relaxing for our next getaway from Mexico City.
A two-day trip to the village of Taxco (also known as Taxco de Alarcon) and the Pozas Azules (blue pools) was exactly what we needed.
This mountainside town was relaxing, quiet, beautiful, and pretty much just every positive adjective under the sun. And the best part is, it’s only three hours away from Mexico City!
If you’re looking for a weekend escape from Mexico City, follow this step by step guide to plan a trip to Taxco!
How to Get from Mexico City to Taxco
The trip from Mexico City to Taxco is really easy.
Busses depart daily from the Terminal Central del Sur (Taxqueno) and cost 225 pesos / 12 usd.
Some lines that run the route are Estrella del Oro, Costa Line, and ADO. This routes from Mexico City to Taxco don’t run super often so it’s a good idea to check the timetables on their websites the day before you go and plan accordingly.
Once you get on the bus the travel time is about three hours or a bit more or less depending on the traffic. When you arrive, it will drop you off at the Taxco Terminal which is only a ten minute walk from the Zocalo central square.
If you don’t want to go on your own, click here to book a guided tour to Taxco and Cuernavaca.
Pretty streets and greenery in Taxco
Where to Stay in Taxco
Before you book accommodation, you need to decide how long you’re going to stay in the city.
Daniel and I decided to go on a Saturday morning and leave Sunday afternoon and this was honestly plenty of time – I recommend spending between 24 to 48 hours in Taxco, Mexico.
We opted for only one night, but we loved our stay at Hostel Casa Taxco. It had a rooftop terrace and was just steps from the main square. Plus, it was super clean and quiet.
If you book somewhere else, just make sure you’re as close to the main square (Zocalo) as possible. That’s where all the best food and bars are and the city is built on a mountainside so if you stray too far you’re going to be stuck walking uphill a lot.
I found accommodation prices in Taxco, Mexico to be surprisingly pricey, so try to book in advance if you can. We paid 660 pesos / 35 usd for a private room w/ a shared bathroom and it was the cheapest option available in the city because we booked the day before we went.
Beautiful views are pretty much everywhere when walking through Taxco
Where to Eat and Drink in Taxco
Eating and drinking in Taxco is great because the food is amazing, the views are stunning, and the prices are incredibly affordable – almost every meal we had was under 100 pesos / 5 usd each.
It’s safe to say I enjoyed eating my way through Taxco, and these are top restaurant recommendations in the city!
Rosa Mexicano for Breakfast
We woke up on Sunday morning and headed straight for breakfast at Rosa Mexicano.
The view is beautiful from their terrace and the food was great and priced well. We had the waffle with chocolate sauce for 69 pesos / 3.65 usd and the chilaquiles meal with orange juice and coffee for 129 pesos / 7 usd.
Just two things to keep in mind: the terrace isn’t open for seating until 9:30 am, but if you get there beforehand (like we did) you can sit right by the open doors and still get a view.
Also, they put bread on our table when we sat down and then charged us for it, which isn’t a big deal but is just a personal pet peeve of mind. So watch out for that, but otherwise enjoy the food, prices, and views at Rosa Mexicano.
View from the terrace at Rosa Mexicano
S Caffecito for Lunch
For lunch on Sunday we ate at S Caffecito. This place is a bit up off the main square and was built into a restored home. The tables surround an open courtyard with trees and greenery and book shelves line the walls.
The food is an Italian/Mexican fusion and just like everything else in Taxco, Mexico, it was super cheap.
We got the mole lasagna, caprese salad with crostini and two fruit drinks for 200 pesos / 10.50 usd with the tip. We also tried to get the cheesecake but they we’re out! Noooooo.
Del Angel Inn for Lunch
When we arrived in Taxco on Saturday our first stop was a late lunch at Del Angel Inn. The terrace was just steps from our hostel and the main square so it was an easy choice.
Although the food wasn’t the best we had in the city, the view was awesome (are you sensing a trend here) and the service was really great. They even had a live mariachi band.
We got the chicken fajitas for 170 pesos / 9 usd (Daniel loved them, I thought they were just ok) and the ravioli for 99 pesos / 5 usd. Each meal also came with bread, butter, chips, and salsa which definitely got the meal off on the right foot.
I also saw some groups splitting giant pitchers of margs to start their day drinking early and they definitely had the right idea. If we had been in the mood, this is the place I would pick for some drinks in the sun.
View from the terrace at Del Angel Inn
La Bambina Casa Roja for Dinner
This place has the best chicken wings! Hot, crispy, flavorful goodness for only 80 pesos / 4 usd?
Yes, please! La Bambina Casa Roja is just off the main square and the lively bar makes this restaurant a great place to start the night with food and a few drinks.
Taxco, Mexico is famous for a soup dish called pozole and Tia Calla is the place to get it when you’re here.
Even our hostel owner recommended it for a cheap and delicious meal. It’s right on the main square and one of the most popular places to eat in the city. I didn’t make it here, unfortunately, but if you go comment below and let me know how dumb I am for missing out!
Yolotl Tap Room
Yep, even teeny tiny Taxco has a brewery!
If you’re looking for craft beer made right in town this is the place. The owner speaks English and will be happy to tell you about his different beers on tap. If you’re a beer lover, the Yolotl Tap Room is a great place to start or end your night.
Straight from the recommendation of a local and onto my to-do list.
Our waiter at Del Angel Inn grew up in Taxco and told us it was one of his favorite bars, so we visited for iced coffee and a few afternoon beers. Coronas are only 25 pesos / 1.30 usd here and cocktails range from 40 to 80 pesos each.
Of course, the main reason why you need to visit Terrazza 360 is to enjoy the absolutely amazing views of the city while you get buzzed!
Top 4 Things to Do in Taxco, Mexico
The number one best thing to do in Taxco is relax and enjoy the view of the picturesque town (it seriously felt like stepping into Europe).
We arrived on Saturday at 1 pm and spent the afternoon eating a late lunch, getting coffee, and terrace hopping for a few beers. However if you want more, here’s pretty much everything else there is to do in this sleepy tourist town.
1. Shop for Silver
Taxco, Mexico was founded by Hernan Cortes in 1529 and was built around the abundant silver mines in the mountain.
It quickly became known for producing high-quality silver products and Taxco jewelry is still famous today. There are dozens of shops all around the main square and winding cobblestone streets selling silver pieces.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t have any interest in the products so we didn’t shop around and I can’t tell you how the selection was. When I was researching our trip, though, I read that you need to be careful not to be ripped off and make sure you always ask if it’s real silver from the area.
The village of Taxco is dotted with silver shops
2. Check out the View from Cristo Rey
You’re not in Latin America if there’s not a giant Jesus statue staring down at you, and Taxco stays true to form with their own Cristo Rey above the city.
We went for sunset to check out the view and it was amazing. Watching all the lights come on was magical… it’s the perfect place to enjoy my favorite time of day, those moments when everyone’s gearing up for the evening and it’s just so full of potential.
To get there, wave down any taxi driver and ask him to take you to Cristo Rey.
The cost should be around 40 to 50 pesos / 2 usd for the trip. Afterward, there may be some drivers at the top who can take you down, but if they’re all waiting for other groups ask one to call a friend. A kind driver offered to for us and a taxi appeared to take us down in five minutes.
Watching the lights come on at Cristo Rey
3. Take the Teleferico
If the Cristo Rey wasn’t enough for you, you can also take the teleferico (cable car) up to a viewpoint for some more stunning vistas. This one is a bit out of the way outside the city and costs 90 pesos / 4.75 usd round trip.
We stuck with Cristo Rey because it was closer and easier to get to, but if you want to see the city from afar and from below the mountain instead of above, consider adding this to your Taxco to-do list.
Enjoying the Pozas Azules
4. Visit the Pozas Azules
The Pozas Azules are located only five miles from Taxco, which sounds great, right?
Because of the winding mountain roads, unfortunately, it still takes 40 minutes by collectivo to get to them. However, they’re so unique and beautiful that you definitely make the extra effort.
These natural pools are in a forest with green trees, dappled light, and the most stunning clear blue waters.
They cost 30 pesos / 1.50 usd to enter and there are about five different swimming holes with waterfalls, jumping platforms, and hanging vines. The water was cold and refreshing, and the vibe was nice (if a bit crowded) on a Sunday afternoon.
There’s also plenty of food stalls to get a snack, a cheap meal, or a few beers to enjoy.
It’s Time to Plan a Trip to Taxco
I can’t recommend this quaint and quiet colonial city enough.
It’s been one of my favorite getaways during our entire eight-week stay in Mexico because it’s just so different from everything else I’ve experienced here!
Awesome views, good food, and relaxing vibes await you in Taxco, Mexico and you definitely shouldn’t miss it.
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