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T A X C O

Silver, or "plata" is most associated with the hillside city of Taxco. Perched along the mountain side at 5,000 feet, Taxco de Alarcón, as it's officially known is in the state of Guerrero.

For the traveler there are the narrow, often steep and hidden cobblestone streets and alleys, with charming authentic Mexican style cafes and restaurants, and a wide variety of hotels and lodging. Getting around town is best done on foot along the narrow streets, open door VW buses called "burritos" are used by the locals to get from one end of town to the other.

Taxco was originally discovered and conquered by Hernan Cortez 1552. Two hundred years later, French prospector Joseph de la Borda discovered a rich silver deposit, which made him very wealthy and the town famous. Eventually the silver mines became depleated - only one small mine remains in operation today. In 1929, American architect William Spratling arrived in Taxco intending to write a book, but instead, noticing the great deal of local silver craftsmen and artisanos he opened up a workshop and exported the goods back to the United States.