November 10th, 2004 – by: Lamphunite
A view from the hill
Taxco was small town I hadn't heard of before, but my friend assured me it would be nice. He was right. The bus ride over was long, but the view coming into town was beautiful. Apparently this was/is a silver mining town, and they had all kinds of great jewelry for sale at a good price. After being dropped off we wandered around looking for the cheapest place to stay that wasn't trashy and found one near the huge church in the middle of town.
Not having any idea what was here, we decided to wander around. We spent the first day perusing the market, playing guitar in the town square, and having some drinks with a few locals we met. Then the next day we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and wandered up the hill.
church in the middle of town
From the center of town, near the huge chuch, you can see a small Christ statue. It's similar to the one in Rio, except way smaller, and not nearly as much of a hassle to get to. It looked rather close so we took off assuming it would only take a short while. Well we were completely wrong, and since there were no signs, it took us the better part of the afternoon. We made it pretty close without any help, but finally came to a dead end. That's when we stumbled upon a group of 4 guys boozing it up. After a friendly hello and a small chat the guy took us the rest of the way. He cut through some dirt soccer fields and broken down schools (no wonder we couldn't get there), but finally we made it to the top. The view from the statue was amazing. The town is heaviliy populated, and sprawled out across this valley. We spent quite a while relaxing until the sun started to set. Then we quickly tried to retrace our steps and get back into town. After a couple failed attempts we hitched into town and relaxed in the town square once again. Next stop, Oaxaca!