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SPECIAL TOUR OF SILVER

OVERVIEW

The city of Taxco is located at 163 km away from Mexico city. It lies on the mountainside at an altitude of 1645 meters above the sea level. The climate is tempered and dry. The underground is full of zinc, gold and especially silver. Taxco is considered the oldest mining unit of America and, as well as other Mexican cities, is characterized for its intricate system of colonial streets.

Taxco was just another indigenous city until its silver mines were discovered by Hernan Cortes. As a matter of fact, the silver mines that Jose de la Borda owned in 1716 are still exploited.

The main activity of this town is the silverware in all its forms.

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

DAY 01: MEXICO – TAXCO

Reception at the airport of Mexico and transport to the city of Taxco (2.30 hrs).

 

DAY 02: MUSEUM OF SILVER AND SHOPS OF SILVERWARE

Departure from the hotel to visit the Museum of Silver, where you will learn about the art of silversmithing. This museum is also known as the Patio of Handicrafts. Antonio Pineda collected a series of silverware from different artisans which is representative of Mexican art. The museum also has the silver pieces which gave Antonio Pineda national and international prices for its original designs. The walls of this museum were painted by David Castañeda, whose murals represent the ancient and contemporary history of Mexico. Lunch (included) in a restaurant with a beautiful view.

In the afternoon, you will visit many shops where you can buy certified silverware.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

 

DAY 03: BRADY MUSEUM AND COLONIAL TAXCO

This day you will visit the Brady Museum, located next to the Cathedral of Cuernavaca, also known as the “House of the Tower”, which bears a collection of unique paintings and decorative arts from all around the world. You will enjoy visiting this house-museum built in a section of the Franciscan Convent of the XVI century.

The pieces were collected by Robert Brady (1928-1986), born in Iowa, USA. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, at the Tyler Center of the Art University of Temple and the Barnes Foundation at Pennsylvania, USA.  He lived for 5 years in Venice, Italy, before travelling to Cuernavaca, Mexico, in 1962. During his life, he traveled to increment his personal collection, which has important pieces of Rufino Tamayo, Frida Kahlo, Miguel Covarrubias, Maurice Prendergast, Marsden Hartley, and Graham Sutherland.

The collection consists of 1300 pieces which includes colonial furniture of Mexico, pre-Hispanic pieces as well as from Africa, Oceania, India and the Middle East. Brady, himself a painter and designer, organized his collection with different styles and times. The 14 rooms are still kept like Brady left them. You can also enjoy the sculptures and tropical vegetation of the garden and patio. Afterwards, you will visit the Santa Prisca cathedral at the center of Taxco, as well as other shops. Finally, you will return to your hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

 

DAY 4: TAXCO – CUERNAVACA – MEXICO

This day you will leave Taxco towards Mexico city, with short visits along the way. The first stop will be the Palace of Cortes, an extraordinary building located next to the Main Square in the center of the city. This is one of the most ancient viceregal buildings of Cuernavaca. The former home of the famous Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes, now the Museum of Cauhnahuac, preserves the history of the state, from the pre-Hispanic times to the revolution of Emiliano Zapata. You will find armors, coins, typical clothing, carriages, a big clock brought from London as well as military cannons, among others.

Without a doubt, the most important piece is the mural of Diego Rivera entitled “History of Morelos: Conquest an Revolution”, in which the artist painted the most important moments of the state with the typical view of Mexican muralism. Among the numerous pieces is the famous figure of Jose Maria Morelos, a Mexican leader.

The next stop will be the Cathedral of Cuernavaca or ex-convent of Asuncion. This convent was the fifth Franciscan foundation established in 1525 in Mexico by the first twelve monks that arrived to the country. The monks started the evangelization at this place. It is possible to watch paintings from the XVII century with great artistic and historical richness. In one of the walls you will find a representation of the journey in which the monks crossed the ocean towards Japan to offer their help during a plague. The monks’ intentions were misunderstood and they were crucified.

The chapel of San Jose is one of the oldest in the continent and one of the most important. Pay well attention to the chapel of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores and the neoclassical decorations. The chapel of the Third Order is a great example of the baroque style of the XVIII century. Finally, you will return to Mexico.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 05: MEXICO – AIRPORT

Transport to the airport of Mexico. You can fly back to your country of origin or to another place of this wonderful country.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Included:

  • Transport in deluxe touristic vehicles
  • Guide with credentials of the Ministry of Tourism
  • Tickets to the sites to be visited
  • Meals specified in the program
  • Breakfasts include juice, coffee or tea
  • When included, lunches and dinners without beverages
  • All taxes