TAXCO
Silver Market and Master Artisans up Close

  • Taxco

Tour Details

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• Tour Type: Travelian Journey
• 4 Days
• Small Group: Max 18
• Physical Demand: Level 3
 

Whether you are a jeweler, collector, or an avid shopper, you will enjoy immersing yourself in the silver splendor of Taxco. Join Travelian’s expert guides for a dazzling adventure. Ride in comfort and safety in a new Mercedes Benz van and stay in a newly updated charming hotel one block from the main square.

Take in the vast Saturday Silver Market first hand, and have time to acquire a variety of finely crafted silverwork pieces in Taxco’s plethora of shops and private galleries. Meet and purchase works by today’s prize-winning artists at a private gathering.

Taxco is famous for the silver craft-work that was revitalized by William Spratling and his team of local Mexican silversmiths in 1929. His movement became world renowned due to its use of exquisite pre-Columbian motifs and the creativity and excellent workmanship of his silversmiths. Visit the Spratling Ranch for an in-depth view of past and current silvermithing and purchase silver work currently being produced by its master artisans.

The picturesque, cobblestoned “Pueblo Magico” of Taxco is located amid steep hills and surrounded by lush semi-arid forests. The town is as rich in silver as it is in nature, culture and history. Taxco was formerly known as Tlachco, which means “ball game.” It was a settlement initially inhabited by the Tlahuicas, a tributary society of the Aztecs. But by the eighteenth century, the city’s future was in the hands of Jose de la Borda, known as the “Phoenix of the Rich Miners of America” for his discovery of an important silver deposit. The town by then had been resettled by the Spanish. Santa Prisca, Taxco’s main church, was built during this period (1759), and is one of the finest examples of Mexican/Spanish baroque architecture.

On the drive back to San Miguel, enjoy lunch in the charming town of Metepec, near Toluca. Metepec is famous for its pottery and “tree of life” ceramic artists. Visit Metepec’s Artisan Market and have an opportunity to purchase unique bowls, platters, or an intricate “Arbol de Vida” ~ Tree of Life sculpture.

Join Travelian’s expert guides on this fascinating and astonishing shopping tour to Taxco de Alarcon!


Itinerary - 4 Days


DAY 1 - TRAVEL DAY TO TAXCO
6:45 am Meet at St. Paul´s Church (Cardo #6)
7:00 am Depart for Taxco (a sack breakfast-lunch will be provided en route). Arrive in Taxco, check into hotel, unpack. Meet in hotel lobby for orientation. Walk to Main Square and visit Santa Prisca Church and The Silver Museum. Free time to wander. Meet in the hotel lobby and walk to dinner*.

DAY 2 - VISIT RANCH AND MASTER SILVERSMITH
8:00 am Breakfast at hotel. Leave the hotel for Tour of Spratling Ranch and purchase silver. Depart for town and enjoy lunch*. Free time for exploring and shopping. Meet in hotel lobby and walk to dinner* with Master Silversmith Artisan.

DAY 3 - SILVER MARKET AND PRIZE-WINNING MASTERS
8:30 am Breakfast at hotel. Depart for the Silver Market. Enjoy exploring and shopping at the market. Leave the market to have lunch* at a Mexican restaurant. After lunch free time to explore and shop near the Main Square. Meet in hotel lobby and depart for cocktails* and dinner* at a special restaurant. Meet the Prize Winning Silversmiths of Taxco. Opportunity to purchase silver pieces directly from them.

DAY 4 - TRAVEL DAY AND LUNCH IN METEPEC
7:30 am Breakfast at hotel. Check out. Depart for Metepec. Visit the Metepec Artisan Market. Enjoy lunch* at a nearby restaurant. Leave for San Miguel de Allende. Arrive in San Miguel at approximately 8:00 pm, depending on traffic.

* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the trip's fee.
This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.

 
 

WHAT TO TAKE

 
     
  Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (copies are fine)
  Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  Credit Cards, Debit card, Cash in Pesos for the first day (Cash machines are available)
  Active Cell Phone with recharger
  Bring sufficient funds for meals and beverages not included in trip cost
  Money Belt
  Water Bottle
  Camera
  Travel Flashlight
  Hat
  Sunblock
  Sunglasses
  Insect Repellent
  Day Pack
  Light-weight Walking Shoes
  A fleece garment or light jacket can be useful in case of chilly mornings or evenings
  Simple comfortable clothing for day and evening wear
  Pack your toiletries and travel documents in your day pack, a supply of Ziplock plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used as mid-morning snacks
  Be sure to bring your own Kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  Personal prescription drugs
 
 

     
 

Further details about this tour

 
 
 
.   Travel Physical Demands
.   Reservations
.   Payment Options
.   Cancellations
.   Trip Insurance
     
 


 

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Travelian Tour Leader

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Carmen Silva
Photo of Carmen SilvaCarmen joined the Travelian team with her own line of Personalized Shopping Tours. Carmen is knowledgeable about the markets and shops in Mexico offering finest quality products.
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Rodrigo Lopez
Photo of Rodrigo López Rodrigo is an enthusiastic birdwatcher and photographer. His love of Mexico is shared daily in the outstanding in-depth tours he develops and shares with travelers. He holds degrees in Business Administration from the prestigious Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City, and Creative Marketing from Texas A & M (Mexico City Program).
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Dates

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Dec 14-17 2017

 
 

Dec 13-16 2018

 
 

Dec 12-15 2019

 
 

 

Tour Cost

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  Dec 12-15, 2019........

 

 
 
  Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single-room, add $130 usd for the 2 day tour.
     
 
  Accommodations (3 nights)
  Breakfast daily
  Entrance fees
  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
  Travelian tour leaders
  Small group experience: 18 travelers maximum
 

Featured Photo

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  From left to right:
Julian Blackaller (Soria), Norman Besman (Travelian), Erika, Cristian Ramírez (Turismo SMA), Rodrigo Lopez (Travelian).

 
 

 

Physical Demand

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    LEVEL 3
    Includes Level 2 plus: Walking or hiking modest uphill/downhill unimproved / dirt trails for up to four hours at a time. Or walking in urban or rural settings with significant stair climbing.

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