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Taxco: silver capital of the world

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Take a day-trip to Taxco, a village in the mountains near Mexico City, famous for its silver production.

One hundred and eighty kilometres south of Mexico City, Taxco is perched in the mountains of Guerrero. This town of 40,000 inhabitants has winding cobblestone streets that afford glimpses of charming squares and rooftops.

This city of silver was founded in 1529 by Rodrigo de Castañeda, one of Hernán Cortés's captains. The striking of a silver vein accelerated the city's growth in the 18th century. Discover the city by cable car 175 metres up in the sky. Take it to the Hotel Monte Taxco, hidden in the mountains, north of the town.

The city is a paradise for silver jewellery, and home to more than 300 shops solely dedicated to silverware. Take Calle Nacional where the Platería La Mina is or Calle Juárezto get to Plaza Borda. There is also a splendid craft market on the corner of Cuauhtémoc and Miguel Hidalgo.

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