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Land of silver and natural wonders

By Colleen Besman

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 renowned due to his use of exquisite pre-Columbian motifs and the creativity and excellent workmanship of his silversmiths. The tour includes visiting shops with unique designs, meeting prize-winning master silversmiths of Taxco, and experiencing the Saturday Silver Market.

Audubon Tour
“Taxco: Land of Silver and Natural Wonders’
August 27-31

This picturesque, cobblestoned-street Pueblo Magico located on 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 18th century, when the town had been resettled by the Spanish, the city’s future was in the hands of Jose de la Borda, known as the “Phoenix of the Rich Miners of America.” Santa Prisca, Taxco’s main church, was built during this period, 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 the group through the forests of Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park for birding and botanical viewing.  The tour includes the spectacular caverns in the heart of the park, among the largest in Mexico, with a private guide before public opening hours, and an in-depth view of past and current silvermithing at the now functioning Spratling Ranch. There will be a stop in the charming town of Metepec, near Toluca. Metepec is famous for its pottery and “Tree of Life” ceramic artists.

This Audubon Eco Journey provided by Travelian Tours includes a donation to Sociedad de Audubon de Mexico, the only Audubon Society in all of Mexico. The price is US$842, which includes transportation, accommodations, two lunches, all breakfasts, entrance fees and gratuities and is due by August 4. The tour departs from St. Paul’s Church (Cardo 6) on August 27. For further information go to and for reservations contact Colleen Besman or Rodrigo Lopez at: or call 415-152-3644 or 415-152-1662.


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