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 Taxco and the Pozas Azules (Blue Pools) was exactly what we needed. This mountainside town was relaxing, quiet, beautiful, and 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 to Taxco and the Pozas Azules, this guide has absolutely everything you need to know to make it happen.
Getting To Taxco
Getting to Taxco from Mexico City is really easy. Busses depart daily from the Terminal Central del Sur (Taxqueno) and cost 225 pesos. Some lines that run the route are Estrella del Oro, Costa Line, and ADO. This route doesn’t leave as often as others that have busses every 15 or 20 minutes, 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, travel time is about three hours, a bit more or less depending on the traffic. The bus will drop you off at the Taxco Terminal which is only a 10 minute walk from the Zocalo central square.
Where to Stay in Taxco
Daniel and I decided to go to Taxco on a Saturday morning and leave Sunday afternoon, and it was honestly plenty of time. You could head out from Mexico City on a Friday night instead if you want to, but 24 hours is all you really need to see it all.
We spent only one night in Taxco, but we loved our stay at Hostel Casa Taxco. It was just steps from the main square and super clean and quiet. Definitely recommended!
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.
My tip: Prices can get kind of high for accommodation in the small town, so try to book in advance if you can. We paid $35 for a private room w/ a shared bathroom and it was the cheapest option available in the city because it was only a day or two before we went.
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 SO CHEAP. Maybe it’s just because we came from Playa del Carmen and Mexico City, but the prices in Taxco are insanely low. We came in about 800 pesos under budget despite eating and drinking whatever we wanted, and almost every meal we had was under 100 pesos each. Here are some of my recommendations for good eats and good views!
Awesome Restaurants in Taxco
Rosa Mexicano || 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, and the chilaquiles meal with orange juice and coffee for 129 pesos.
Just two things to keep in mind: the terrace isn’t open for seating until 9:30am 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…. pretty lame! Watch out for that, but otherwise enjoy the food, prices, and views from Rosa Mexicano.
Del Angel Inn || 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 (Daniel loved them, I thought they were just ok) and the ravioli for 99 pesos. Each meal also came with bread, butter, chips, and salsa which definitely got the meal off on the right foot. I saw some groups splitting giant pitchers of margs and starting 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.
S Caffecito || Lunch: Another great restaurant that we tried on Sunday was S Caffecito. This place is a bit up off the main square and was built into a restored home. The tables surround the 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, super cheap. We got the mole lasagna, Caprese salad with crostini, and two fruit drinks for 200 pesos with the tip. We also tried to get the cheesecake but they we’re out! Noooooo.
La Bambina Casa Roja || Dinner: The best chicken wings! Hot, crispy, flavorful goodness for only 80 pesos. It’s just off the main square and the lively bar make this restaurant a great place to start the night with food and a few drinks.
Tia Calla || Anytime: So, Taxco is famous for a soup dish called pozole, and Tia Calla is the place to get it when you’re there. 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.
Great Bars in Taxco
Yolotol 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 taps. Definitely a great place to start or end your night.
Terrazza 360: 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 favorites, so we visited for iced coffee and a few afternoon beers. Coronas are only 25 pesos, and cocktails range from 40 to 80 pesos each. Of course, the main reason why you need to hit this up is for the absolutely amazingggg views of Taxco while you get buzzed!
Bar Berta: This is also in the main square of Taxco. The vibe is kind of like a mountain lodge but it definitely works. Bar Berta also has a second level with a balcony and beautiful views of the church.
La Bambina Casa Roja: Love this little place. We got amazing wings here and the drink prices were super cheap. Pretty much everyone here was ordering huge 5 liter jugs of beer to split with the table, so it’s a great place to go with a group of friends. It’s also right off the main square, which makes it a super convenient place to stop for dinner or beers. Did I mention the wings? I had been craving them for awhile and these ones totally hit the spot.
Things to Do in Taxco
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 1pm 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.
Shop for Silver
Taxco was founded by Hernan Cortes himself in 1529, and was built around the abundant silver mines in the mountain. It became famous for it’s jewelry and silver products and is still known for them today. There are dozens of shops all around the main square and winding cobblestone streets selling silver jewelry.
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.
Check out the View from Cristo Rey
You’re not in Latin America is 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 when everyone’s gearing up for the evening, when the night hasn’t started yet and it’s just so full of potential.
To get there, wave down any taxi and ask him to take you to Cristo Rey, the cost should be around 40 to 50 pesos. Afterwards, there may be some drivers at the top who can take you down, but if they’re all waiting for other groups, ask them to call a friend. One offered to for us, and a taxi appeared to take us down in five minutes.
Take the Teleferico
Outside of shopping, eating, drinking, and views, there’s honestly nothing else to do in Taxco. If the Cristo Rey wasn’t enough, 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 round trip. Personally, we just stuck with Cristo Rey because it was closer and easier to get to, but if you want to see the city from afar, climbing up the mountain instead of looking down on it, consider adding this to your Taxco to-do list.
Visit the Pozas Azules
The Pozas Azules are only five miles from Taxco, which sounds great, right? Wrong. 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 should not miss them while you’re in Taxco.
These natural pools are in a forest with green trees, dappled light, and the most stunning clear blue waters. They cost 30 pesos to enter and there’s about five different swimming holes with waterfalls flowing into them, 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 snack, a cheap meal, or a few beers to enjoy!
Read more about how to get to the Pozas Azules
The Complete Guide to Visiting Taxco
Have you been considering Taxco as a weekend trip from Mexico City? If so, I really recommend it. It’s been one of my favorite getaways during our entire eight week stay in Mexico, because it’s just so different from what I thought this country was like!
Awesome views, good food, and relaxing vibes await in Taxco, and you definitely shouldn’t miss it.
All my love,
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