Taxco Mexico Retire Early Low Cost of Living

Taxco Mexico Retire Early Low Cost of Living
Things to Do In Taxco Mexico!
->Old Town Walking Tour
->Day Tours
->Restaurants
->Best (and) Cheap Hotels
->Cheap Flights, Buses, Trains
->Livability Factors
->Low Cost of Living
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Taxco Mexico Retire Early Low Cost of Living


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This is Dan from Vagabond Buddha. I am traveling around the world finding the best paradise location to retire early with low cost of living. This post is my Taxco Mexico retire early low cost of living post.

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I left the USA in 2007. I have visited or lived in 65 countries so far in my life.

Today I am writing about Taxco Mexico. This post describes the costs of food, lodging, local transportation, etc. here in Taxco.

But first, here are some facts about Taxco Mexico I found on Wikipedia:

  1. Taxco, which is about 100 miles (160 km) from Mexico City and 55 miles (89 km) from Cuernavaca, is one of Mexico’s most beloved towns.
  2. Originally famous for silver mining and silver crafts, the mines have run dry. Taxco is known for silver crafts and tourists now.
  3. At 1780 meters (5840 feet) above sea level, Taxco is often cool during the summer months.
  4. There are about 56,000 people living in Taxco and the growth rate seems stable at just under 1% per year. The town exploded from 5,000 in 1940 to 48,000 in 1995 but growth has calmed down since.
  5. Taxco is built into the side of the mountain with the old town center near the top. Santa Prisca Church watches over Taxco especially at night as a shiny beacon.
  6. The Spanish discovered silver in Taxco in 1532. Early mining operations were established by Cortes’ soldiers, such as Hacienda del Chorrillo. Later, more modern mining operations started in Taxco, such as by José de la Borda.
  7. The town became famous in the modern sense in the 1920s when the silver designer William Spratling moved to Taxco and opened a design studio. Spratling reinvigorated Taxco after a declining period that started when the mines closed.

TAXCO FREE OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR AND MAP

The highlight of Taxco Mexico is the old town colonial area. You really need to wander around without map for a few hours to really get to know the place. But take my old town walking tour first so you get a general feel for the history and layout. First, watch my the following Youtube video of our Taxco Free Old Town Walking Tour. Then, click the Google Map link below this Youtube video so it can direct you to each destination on the tour.

Click this Google Map to get started on this Taxco free old town walking tour map:

If clicking the above map doesn’t work, then click ==>>this link<<== on your smartphone.

Plaza Borda (Main Plaza): Like most main squares in Mexico colonial-era towns, your walking tour starts here. On the main square you also find restaurants, the most significant buildings, and the main church for Taxco.

El Templo Santa Prisca: The above 18th century baroque church was built by Jose Borda of silver mining wealth and fame. It was completed in 1758 while Borda was still alive. The church expenses almost bankrupted him despite his untold riches from the silver mines. The pink stonework is the distinguishing feature for temple officiandos.

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Casa Don Jose Borda: The former home of the famous silver mining magnate Jose Borda is on the west end of Plaza Borda. It is now a museum featuring the works of the most significant artists of the state of Guerrero. Borda’s former home is the most significant non-religious construction in the city. The home is built on five levels.

Museo de Arte Virreinal de Taxco, Casa Humboldt: The above 16th century colonial house has Moorish influences and collection of colonial religious art.

Museo de Guillermo Spratling: Spratling was a 20th century American who opened a silver design workshop here in Taxco. His integration of pre-hispanic style with art-deco brought about the economic revitalization of Taxco in the post mining years. Spratling put Taxco on the tourism map.

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Sanctuary of the Lord of the Holy Veracruz: The above Church of Veracruz is located on the Plazuela de la Veracruz on Juan Ruiz de Alarcón. This plaza is one of three monuments to the playwright Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, who is from here.

Former Convent of San Bernardino of Siena: This is the oldest church in Taxco. It was first completed during the 16th century and renovated in the 19th century after a fire.

Teleferico Taxco: The above picture is on a sky tram that takes you to Montetaxco Hotel Mirador. Technically, the tram is not that far from centro but you should take a taxi (25 Pesos) or a collectivo (6 Pesos per person) to the “Teleferico.” Just look for the collectivo with the words “Teleferico” on the windshield. The Teleferico is on the northside of town. Once at the top where the tram drops you, walk to the right to reach the Montetaxco Hotel Mirador. The tram is expensive at 100 Pesos ($5 USD) per person, round trip. When you return to the Teleferico base, go to Hacienda del Chorrillo. Chorrillo is the earliest colonial period silver hacienda. It was built by soldiers of Hernán Cortés. Its aqueduct was built in 1534. It is right next to the Teleferico base station. See the last few minutes of my Taxco walking tour video.

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BEST DAY TOURS AND MAP OF TAXCO MEXICO

Taxco Guided Tours
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Self-Guided Tours (Cheap Bastard)

Here are a few free self-guided day tours around Taxco, in case you are a do it yourself-er or just cheap like me.

Cuernavaca: You can go to Cuernavaca and take my old town walking tour for free. Grab the Futura Bus from Taxco to Cuernavaca for 115 Pesos $6.50 USD per person each way. The bus takes almost 2 hours each way. The bus terminal in Cuernavaca is walking distance from the start of my free interactive Google Map on my Cuernavaca post.

Tepoztlán: There is no direct bus from Taxco to Tepoztlan. You can get an Uber for about 480 Pesos each way $25 USD. The trip is about 1.5 hours each way. The other choice is to make a weekend trip where the first day you spend in Cuernavaca and the second day in Tepoztlan. The directions to Cuernavaca are in the previous paragraph. My directions to Tepoztlan from Cuernavaca are on my Cuernavaca post. There is no direct bus from Tepoztlan back to Taxco. You can take an Uber from Tepoztlan back to Taxco at the end of the second day for about 480 Pesos $25 USD. You can also return to Cuernavaca and get a bus back to Taxco as described in the previous paragraph, but you may have to wait at the Cuernavaca station for an hour or two. That is why I am suggesting the Uber from Tepoztlan back to Taxco.

BEST RESTAURANTS IN TAXCO

We were just here in Taxco for a self-guided day tour from Cuernavaca, so we only had one official restaurant meal to report to you.

Del Angel Inn Restaurante: I had delicious cheese enchiladas and Qiang had pork chops. It was in the perfect spot with an insane view. If you are in Plaza Borda facing the Santa Prisca Church, it is on the right side. The bill was 280 Pesos and we left a 50 Peso tip, $16.50 USD.

More restaurants: Here are some cool other choices if you are there longer.

Street Food: Qiang bought the above queso tamale from a street vendor just at the bottom of the stairs of the Teleférico Taxco. I had a bite. It was decent. It cost 20 Pesos, $1 USD.

BEST (AND) CHEAP HOTELS IN Taxco

You should stay in the old town area of Taxco. You can walk to most of the interesting things to do and see. You won’t need to get in a taxi or Uber.

Here are a few recommendations from most to least expensive.

Hotel Agua Escondida: This is a highly rated hotel with rooftop terrace and swimming pool right in the best area. It was about 1000 Pesos, $50 USD per night on the day we searched.

Hotel los Arcos: It is hard to beat this combination of price and location for a hotel right in the old town area. This was 804 MX or $41 USD per night on the date we searched. The location is perfect.

Hostels: Here is a hostel in the great area.

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CHEAP FLIGHTS, BUSES, TRAINS

We took the Futura Bus from Cuernavaca to Taxco for 115 Pesos $6.50 USD per person one way. It was just under 2 hours each way.

Buses: We have taken both ETN and Primera between various cities in Mexico. You will need to check their web page to see if they have a bus from your city to Taxco. You can visit the English ETN website. You can also right click any web page in your Google Chrome browser. Your Chrome browser will translate any website into English (or whatever language you speak).

Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX): You can fly into MEX and take a bus to Taxco. Please use the above links to find bus times and prices. You should use Uber to go from the airport to the bus station so you don’t have to negotiate directly with drivers. If you need to spend the night in Mexico City, you can stay in one of my recommended accommodations.

Flights (International or Domestic): Try to leave your home country on Tuesday or Wednesday. Those are almost always the cheapest departure days for flying. Skyscanner finds me the cheapest flights every time.

Communications: Buy a Mexican SIM card (they call it a “chip”) for your smartphone when you land in Mexico. Make sure to get your phone unlocked before leaving your home country (this applies to US Citizens).

Train: There is just one passenger train still running in Mexico and it does not go to Taxco.

TAXCO MEXICO LIVABILITY FACTORS

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Livability Factors: Before deciding where to live cheap in paradise, I consider many factors. These factors include walkability, food, Internet strength, weather, things to do, real estate prices, and the overall cost of living. I rate each of the factors as high, medium, or low. Once individual factors are considered, I think about an overall score.

Taxco Desirability Score: Medium. This is a great little colonial-era town. But it is probably a little too small for my taste. There isn’t enough of a permanent international population, and so the foods are a bit limited. We have 6 more stops in Mexico before my final thoughts. Subscribe here at Vagabond Buddha or at our Youtube Channel if you want to see which places end up on top.

Walkability: High. Everything is walkable from the old town area: restaurants, grocery stores, the gym, etc. I wouldn’t buy a car if I lived here.

Internet Reliability: High? We were just here on a day trip from Cuernavaca, so we really don’t know. We never ran a speed test here.

Food: Medium. Although there are many tourists visiting here, they are mostly on da trips from Mexico City, Acapulco, Cuernavaca, etc. Mostly we saw Mexican and local foods. For example, the top 20 restaurants in town are about 80% Mexican.

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Weather: High. Taxco Mexico sits at an elevation of 1778 meters (5883 feet) above sea level. The elevation moderates the temperatures in the summer as compared to sea level temperatures at this latitude. The warmest month of the year is April. The average high for the day in April is 84F or 29C but drops to 65F or 18C at night. The coolest month of the year is December. The average low at night in January is 61F or 16C, but it warms nicely in the day to average 77F or 25C. The rainy season is June through September when it rains about 9 inches per month (200 mm). You might call this perfect weather?

Things to Do: Medium. This town has a large tourist serving feeling to it. So it is clean and beautiful in the old town center but doesn’t seem to have as much going on as you see in other places like Guanajuato, Queretaro, etc.

Social Considerations: Medium. For a town of his size, it is about what you would expect.

Expats Groups: Low. There is very little chatter online about Taxco as an expat mecca.

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TAXCO MEXICO RETIRE EARLY LOW COST OF LIVING

This is Dan of Vagabond Buddha. Here is my cost of living estimates for Taxco Mexico.

Taxco Mexico Cost of Living: Here are my estimated costs of living one month in Taxco Mexico, as a temporary visitor.

These estimates would fall substantially if you rented your own apartment month to month. I didn’t find many online costs of rentals but here are a few numbers you could call. I suspect you could get a 1 bedroom apartment for about $500 USD per month. But you would have to be here to get this kind of deal.

Monthly Cost of Living, Taxco Mexico ($USD)

Expense

Cost

Low

Medium

High

Apartment

$20.00

0

14

30

Moderate Hotel

$41.00

0

12

0

Backpacker Hostel

$25.00

30

3

0

High End Restaurant

$8.00

1

4

8

Neighborhood Restaurant

$4.00

30

44

48

Food Cart

$2.00

30

12

4

Subway/Train/Metro

$0.40

20

26

8

Bus

$0.40

20

10

0

Taxi/Uber

$3.00

6

10

20

Total

Per Month

$972.00

$1,123.40

$927.20

Total

Per Day

$32.40

$37.45

$30.91

The above table is just my notes from my time here. The above numbers are for one person and do not include alcohol, tours, or extras. I do not guarantee these prices for anyone. For more information about how the above “Cost of Living Monthly Multiplier” works, please visit the bottom of this page at Vagabond Buddha.

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