Fun Things To Do in Guerrero, Mexico While Visiting Taxco
Our beautiful city of Taxco, Mexico has so much to love! Our culture, food, and Mexican silver jewelry are some of the best in the world. You could spend a lifetime exploring and never run out of incredible things to do.
However, there’s many more incredible places to visit and experience throughout Guerrero!
Located southwest of Mexico City on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Guerrero is famous for its beautiful beaches. It’s also known for its rich culture and vibrant cities. In this month’s blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the must-see sites Guerrero has to offer.
Go to Acapulco
Known as the Pearl of the Pacific, Acapulco is a beach resort city situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range. It’s also the most populous city in the state!
Acapulco gained notoriety in the mid-20th century as a party haven for the rich and famous, including Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. It’s a well-deserved reputation! Acapulco is a scenic marvel, with stunning beaches abutting soaring cliffs and intimate coves.
In Acapulco, make sure to check out:
- Fuerte San Diego: Built by the Spanish in the 1600s, the Fort of San Diego is the oldest building in the city. Originally one of the largest fortifications on the Pacific coast, the fort now acts as the building for the History Museum of Acapulco.
- La Quebrada: One of the most famous tourist attractions in Acapulco, La Quebrada refers to a series of cliffs where divers jump into the ocean, performing stunts in the air.
- The Beaches: Located in the “old town,” Caleta beach is one of the most popular swimming destinations in the city. If tranquility is more your speed, check out Revolcadero Beach and get a bite right on the beach at the “cabanas.”
- Acapulco Botanical Gardens: Located right off the scenic highway at Loyola University, the Acapulco Botanical Gardens offers a beautiful place for a daytime stroll. Walk at your own leisurely pace, or take a guided tour.
Stay in The Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Region
Another Pacific coast resort region, both Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo offer a more relaxed and less touristy feel than Acapulco. Up until the 1970s, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo were a coconut plantation and fishing village, respectively. The area was even featured in the movie The Shawshank Redemption!
One of the main attractions to the area is its large and attractive bay, which makes it an ideal location for boating and fishing. Not surprisingly, the food (particularly the seafood) is amazing!
Also not surprisingly, the beaches in the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Region are incredible! You’ll love the gentle surf and beautiful backdrop. Make sure to check them out when visiting!
See World Class Archaeological Sites
While Guerrero is primarily known for its beautiful beaches and stunning silver jewelry, you’ll also find important pre-hispanic archeological sites. Fully immerse yourself in Mexico’s rich history!
Xihuacan Museum and Archaeological Site
Located a short distance outside Zihuatanejo, the Xihuacan Museum and Archaeological site gives a unique look at a pre-Columbian temple, including a partially uncovered religious pyramid! The museum itself houses over 800 artifacts found at the site, including:
- Mexican silver jewelry
- Ancient pottery
The museum also holds an exhibit on the people who lived in the area, including the people of the Tarascan, Aztec, Toltec, and Olmec cultures.
The La Organera-Xochipala archaeological site is known for the areas peculiar architecture. It’s also known for the abundance of carved stone figurines in the Xochipala style.
The area is most representative of Mezcala culture, and is located in the Eduardo Neri region of Guerrero, a mountainous and semi-arid region of the state.
This site, near Acapulco, consists of a set of 18 granite rocks of different sizes depicting images of humans, plants, and animals depicting human life from millenia ago!
Savor the Food
Unlike other regions in Mexico, food in Guerrero is heavily influenced by three different cuisines: Spanish, indigenous, and French. Being so close to the Pacific, food in Guerrero emphasizes seafood, along with traditional Mexican fare like corn and beans.
Some dishes the region is known for include:
- Pescado a la talla: This spice rubbed fish is grilled after being cut open in half and marinated with chili, garlic, pepper, vinegar, cumin, cilantro, and mayonnaise.
- Pozole: This pork-based soup is popular across mexico, but given special flare in Guerrero with a green version that includes green tomatoes, mashed pumpkin seeds, and chard.
- Barbacoa: This roasted goat dish is traditionally prepared in an earth oven and marinated with spices such as cumin, chili peppers, cilantro, and bay leaves.
- Ceviche: This seafood dish generally includes raw seafood such as fish or shrimp that is placed in citrus juice and other flavoring, such as tomatoes and peppers. The acid from the peppers “cooks” the seafood, leading to a delicious and light treat. This dish, although most generally associated with being created in Peru, is famous in Acapulco.
- Jumiles: A staple in Taxco, juliles are small, edible insects that can be roasted, fried, or even eaten raw. While these are considered an acquired taste, they are considered a delicacy in the region.
Explore The Caves of Cacahuamilpa
One of the most beautiful places in all of Mexico, the Caves of Cacahuamilpa at The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park are a must-see spot when visiting Guerrero.
The park, which houses one of the largest cave systems in the entire world, contain a never ending adventure of tunnels and places to explore. There is even a smaller cave system, the Grutas of Carlos Pacheco, and two subterranean rivers to explore as well!
If you are a thrill seeker you can explore the caves on your own, but it may also be a good idea to be safe and join one of the many tours available in the area. You can also go on a rappelling or rock climbing adventure on the caves and park!
Experience the Culture of Guerrero
More than anything else, make sure to explore and experience the culture of Guerrero while you are there. The state is known for its blend of different cultures and the merging of traditional and modern ways of life.
Nowhere is this more true than with the arts. Whether it is pottery, music, food, and particularly Mexican silver jewelry, Guerrero’s culture is not to be missed.
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