Taxco~Extraordinary Land of Silver and Natural Wonders !

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Introduction

Today, Taxco is best known for the silver craft work that was revitalized by William Spratling and his team of local Mexican silversmiths in 1929. His movement became world renown due to his use of exquisite pre-Columbian motifs and the creativity and excellent workmanship of his silversmiths. We will take you to visit shops with unique designs, to meet prize winning master silversmiths of Taxco, to experience the Saturday Silver Market, and be immersed in Spratling’s legacy!

This picturesque, cobblestoned-street “Pueblo Magico” located in the middle of steep hills and surrounded by lush semi-arid forests, 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.

The surrounding lush green hills boast 138 species of birds documented by local conservationists, who will guide us through the forests of Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National park for birding and botanical viewing. We’ll venture into the spectacular caverns in the heart of the park, among the largest in Mexico, with a private guide before public opening hours. Then we’ll head out to the Spratling Ranch for an in-depth view of past and current silvermithing and enjoy lunch at this bucolic estate.

On our ride back to San Miguel, we’ll have lunch in the charming town of Metepec, near Toluca. Metepec is famous for its pottery and ceramic artists. We’ll visit the pottery shops in the village where you may wish to buy some of their unique bowls or platters, or an intricate “Arbol de Vida” ~ Tree of Life sculpture.

Join Travelian Tours and experience the essence of Taxco’s beauty and history in comfort with knowledgable guides.


Itinerary


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Day one

• TRAVEL DAY
7:00 A.M. - Leave from St. Paul’s Church, (breakfast and lunch provided on bus). Arrive in Taxco, check into hotel, unpack. You will have free time to explore the main square, Santa Prisca Church and silver shops. Meet in hotel lobby for dinner*.


Day one

• NATIONAL PARK & SILVERSMITHS
7:00 A.M. - Breakfast at hotel Leave for National Park Grutas de Cacahuamilpa for bird watching and hiking 11:30 A.M. Return to Taxco Lunch at the restaurant of your preference (a list of restaurants will be provided)* Time to wander, shop or take photos 4:45 Leave for restaurant to meet the Prize Winning Silversmiths of Taxco.


Day one

• CAVES AND SILVER HISTORY
7:00 AM -Breakfast at hotel Leave for Grutas de Cacahuamilpa for our private tour Return to hotel for lunch* That afternoon we will visit the Spratling Museum and recommended silver shops Meet for dinner* in hotel lobby.


Day one

• SATURDAY MARKET AND RANCH
8:30 A.M. - Breakfast at hotel Visit the Saturday Silver Market Meet for lunch* at hotel Visit Spratling Ranch Return to Taxco That evening we will gather for cocktails and a private dinner*.


Day five

• TRAVEL DAY AND METEPEC
7:30 A.M. – Breakfast at hotel 9:00 A.M. - Check out of hotel and depart for Metepec Lunch in Metepec* Visit Tree of Life Master Artisan's workshop and Artisan Market Leave for San Miguel 8:00 P.M. – Estimated Arrival time to San Miguel de Allende.


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


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What's included

 Hotel (4 nights).
 All transport between destinations and to/from included
    activities.
 National Park Grutas de Cacahuamilpa guided hike with
    naturalists.
 Grutas de Cacahuamilpa Caves private tour.
 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. (Allow USD 85-125 for
    meals not included.)
 Entrance fees to National Parks and Museums.
 Travelian Tour Leader.
 Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10.


Booking and cancellation policies

bullet We accept payment in cash (pesos) or check form.
bullet If using an American or Canadian bank account make your
   check/checks payable to: Rodrigo Lopez
bullet Each traveler must turn in a signed Trip Form
    Instructions for Trip Form:
    -Download this link: Trip form
    -Fill it out
    -Print it and sign it.
bullet Put your check, Trip Form, your phone number, and email
   address inside the envelope. All cash payments must be
   delivered to Colleen Besman personally Tel. 415 152 3644
   reservations@travelian.com.mx
bullet Seal the envelope and address it to:
   Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB216B.
bullet Deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
bullet Please remember to update your membership, or become
   a member of Audubon. Their new annual fees are:
   $USD 35 for single membership or $MXN 400
   $USD 60 for family membership or $MXN 700
   Please pay for memberships separately from our trip fees.


Booking and cancellation policies

bullet Reservations will be confirmed once the full payment
   has been received.
bullet Due to the cancellation policies of our providers, we must
   retain 30% of your payment if you cancel your reservation.
bullet If you cancel less than 15 days prior to departure 100% of
   your payment becomes nonrefundable. If you or we are able
   to find a traveler to fill your space we'll refund 100% of your
   payment.
bullet If Travelian does not have the minumum number of travelers
   necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and
   you will receive a full refund of your payment.

Travel Insurance
    We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance in case
    you need to cancel.

    Here are links for providers we recommend:
    www.allianztravelinsurance.com
    www.travelguard.com


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What to take

We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry.
A good size daypack is also essential.


Check list

bullet Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID
   (copies are fine)
bullet Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
bullet Water Bottle
bullet Binoculars
bullet Camera
bullet Flashlight
bullet Hat
bullet Sunblock
bullet Sunglasses
bullet Umbrella and rain gear
bullet Hiking sticks
bullet Insect repellent
bullet Day pack
bullet Light-weight walking/hiking shoes
bullet A fleece garment can be useful in case of chilly mornings
bullet Pack your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your
   day pack A supply of resealable plastic storage bags can be
   handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used
   as mid-morning snacks
bullet Be sure to bring your own kleenex and small change for
   bathroom fees.
bullet Money belt
bullet First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids,
   anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of
   diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you
   may be taking).



Duration
5 days

Travel style
Culture, Nature, Shopping

Trip type
Small Group

Physical demands

Start/Finish City
San Miguel de Allende

Trip Highlights
Explore the Magic Town of Taxco
Hike Cacahuamilpa National Park
Discover Cacahuamilpa Caves
Immerse in Spratling's heritage
Buy silver jewelry first-hand from
   renowned silversmiths
Meet Arbol de la Vida Master
   Artisans

Trip Cost
Please request a quote by sending an email to: reservations@travelian.com.mx

or please give us a call:

+52 (415) 100 2798
+52 (415) 100 9175
+52 (415) 152 3644
+52 (415) 152 1662