Text and Photographs
by Esteban A. de Varona
Translated from the original in Spanish by
Leonard Cooper edited by GG in November 2001
First impression, November, 1953
HIDDEN in the fold of a high mountain range
of northern Guerrero,
and as if nailed to its rugged landscape
~ in which much more sky than earth appears ~
there is a laughing, shining town whose square white houses are heaped together
in the most picturesque and surprising untidiness.
The laughing, shining town of Taxco is the artistic capital of the State of Guerrero
and possibly the oldest mining center in Spanish America. Taxco
contemplates an indescribable panorama of mountains which look
like the green waves of a choppy sea.
Tropical highlands, mountainous;
Taxco (tas-co) is in the state of Guerrero;
Altitude: 1,780 meters (5850 feet)
164 km. (111 mi.) southwest of Mexico City
50 miles south of Cuernavaca
always pleasant, cool at night.
Taxco's temperatures are normally comfortable year-round, The town's inland location and altitude keeps the humidity low and rains during the summer typically are only afternoon showers.
summary of average monthly temperatures
and precipitation in Taxco
High in the hills of the southern Sierra Madre sits a town that strikes most visitors as the perfect picture of Mexican charm.
The town is Taxco, perched peacefully
on an otherwise precarious hillside
from which its red tile and white stucco houses, and pink geranium
gardens, seem to tumble into the lush mountain greenery.