Taxco, Mexico Travel Guide

Last updated: 2021

All prices in US dollars

Cost of living metrics are based on minimum living expenses for one person

A hillside town in the Mexican State of Guerrero. It’s known for the mining and craftsmanship of silver — many folks travel here to buy jewellery and other items made from the precious metal. As mines no longer remained productive, mining gave way to tourism as the main economic activity. Like Tepoztlán, Taxco is a popular weekend getaway for folks living in Mexico City.

POPULATION: 55,000

 

WEATHER IN TAXCO

Yearly temperatures range from 6°C to 30°C. Any time of year is a good time to visit, but to avoid any rainfall November to May will be your best timeframe.

 

SAFETY IN TAXCO

Taxco is a fairly safe city. Locals work hard to preserve the cities reputation as a safe tourist destination. That said, the state of Guerrero is known for high crime rates. During the day, you should be perfectly fine walking around Taxco and its narrow, picturesque streets that wind up the mountain. At night, if you’re staying any more than a five minute walk from the main plaza, we suggest taking a taxi to your destination. Taxco is one of the safest cities in the state, but we still recommend taking this precaution.

 

MUST DO

Check out the Mina Prehispánica de Taxco for a tour of a silver and gold mine.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN TAXCO

Rent prices in Taxco are reasonable. $400/month will be enough to rent something close to the main plaza (zocalo).

If you want to rent an apartment for a short period of time — just to make sure the city is right for you before committing to a longterm apartment contract — we suggest using Airbnb.

 

COST OF LIVING IN TAXCO

We suggest a minimum budget of $1000/month to live comfortably here.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN TAXCO

There are not many work opportunities here for foreigners.

 

IS THERE UBER IN TAXCO

Uber does not operate in Taxco at this time. However, local taxis are safe and affordable.

 

IS TAXCO, MEXICO A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

Taxco may be a good choice for some expats. It’s safe, picturesque and conveniently located to both Mexico City and Acapulco, if you want the occasional taste of the beach and/or big city. However, the narrow streets means that traffic here is complicated — walking around can be a headache when cars have inches to squeak by you. And, there are A LOT of hills in this city. If you don’t do well with steep inclines and altitude, this city is not for you. Also, since this town lives off tourism, expect to be asked if you want to buy silver every few minutes. While Taxco isn’t a bad choice, if you want a picturesque mountain town in Mexico, we think Guanajuato will be a more suitable choice for most expats.

 

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