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TARO CARD READINGS

Cristina, Calle Benito Juárez No. 24, bell number 1, Casa de las Palomas, Taxco
Tel: (762)627-2698

 

TAXI see TRANSPORTATION

TELEGRAPH OFFICE

Telecom/Telegrafos, Casa Borda, Plaza Bernal (This is the back side of the Casa Borda whose main entrance is on the zócalo.) Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. to 3 P.M.. Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon.
You can send or receive faxes here as can the people you are working with who may not have fax machines of their own. If you are sending a fax to this address, please include a complete name and telephone number. When it arrives, they will call the person you have sent it to and alert them to its arrival. The cost to receive one page is Pesos $7.00 or about US .70 cents. Two pages cost Pesos $10.35 or about US $1.35. Sending a fax from this, office costs Pesos $18.40 or about US $2.00 for the first page and about 50% more for an additional page. The number to dial from the US is 011-52-762-622-0001. As a bit of Taxco trivia, this was the first telephone in the town, hence the number 0001.

TELEPHONE

To call the USA and use an 800 number: dial 001-880-and the seven digit number. This costs Pesos $3.00/per minute or about US .50/per minute for the Mexican telephone company portion of the connection.

To call the USA & Canada direct: dial 001 plus the area code and number.

To call elsewhere in the world direct: dial 00 plus the area code and number.

To call the USA collect: dial 090 and you will hear a recording. You may opt for language assistance or simply tell the operator "Quiero hacer una llamada por cobrar." Give the operator the number and your name and you're all set.

To call long distance direct within Mexico: dial 01 plus the area code and number.

Telmex Office: Av. Kennedy. A good person to speak with there is Sra. Guadalupe. She can be reached at (762)622-1000.

TEFL-TESOL CERTIFICATION Please see the "S" Page -- Schools, Colleges and Universities

TELEVISION
Sky TV--How to sign up!

 

THINGS TO DO see SIGHTS/SITES

 

TOURIST INFORMATION also see SIGHTS/SITES
Visitors to Taxco can find information about the town at the government tourist office in the Centro de Convenciones at the entrance to town just by what are locally called "los arcos." Los arcos are what remains of an aqueduct built by Cortes in the 16th century as part of his silver processing hacienda called El Chorillo, now home to the art and language colleges.

 

TRANSPORTATION
Getting to Taxco
is not hard as there is good bus transportation from all of the closest large cities. From Mexico City, you'll need to be at the Taxqueña Bus Station for bus transport to Taxco.

In town getting around is also easy, once you understand the twisted, almost serpentine quality of the streets. Taxco has one real main road called Avenida de los Plateros. This is the route you'd be on to pass through Taxco without actually entering the town itself. Once you leave this main road, you will be on narrow cobblestone streets where private VW bug taxis and public VW busses, called combis, provide the best transportation. If you know where you're going, walking is also a good option.

To call or reserve a taxi for a ride from your location at a specific time the number to call is as follows:
Tel: 762-622-0301. Simply tell them where you are and when you want the taxi to arrive. The trip will cost you a little more ( maybe US $1.50), but you'll be picked up on time and get to where you are going when you want to.

Combis
VW busses are the common form of public transportation in and around Taxco. The 1960's "California or bust" VW busses have been modified to fit fourteen passengers along with the driver. They ferry people in and out and around Taxco all day normally up until about 11:00 P.M.

Combis with zócalo painted on the front make a loop through town -- from the zócalo down to Avenida de los Plateros, around and up again to the zócalo or town square. Hop on one of these and ride the circuit to get a sense of how the town is laid out. The full circuit will take only about a half hour and costs about US $1. For other combi routes ask anyone.

In general, try to avoid being on the road at about 1:00 P.M. as that is when the school children finish their day and getting around can take a very long time. In the evening 7:00 to 8:00 is the rush hour when everyone is trying to get home from work. Saturdays are also difficult because of the Saturday silver market, called the tianguis, affecting Avendida de los Plateros; it can take a very long time to get from the zócalo down and around and back again to the zócalo.

Approximate Traveling Distances To:
Acapulco 253 km
Cuernavaca 81 km
Chilpancingo 138 km
Iguala 38 km

Below we've listed the current departures, but do check with the bus lines to learn of the frequent changes that are made.

BUS SERVICES:
Autobus Tres Estrellas
, Av. de los Plateros, Central Bus Terminal

This bus line has frequent service to Toluca, Ixtapan de la Sal, and Las Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. Service begins with the first departure at 5:30 A.M. and busses run about every hour all day until the last bus leaves at 6:30 P.M. The trip to Toluca takes about two and a half hours, to Ixtapan one hour and twenty minutes and the trip to the caves of Cacahuamilpa takes just about thirty-five minutes.

Estrella De Oro, Av. de los Plateros Tel: (762)622-0648
This is the best of the available bus services here in Taxco for reliability and safety, but their less frequent schedule means you may end up at Flecha Roja.

To Cuernavaca you should call to check the times of departures. They are changing frequently.

To Mexico City (about two & one half hours)
Monday through Friday: 7:00 & 10:15 A.M. and 12:15, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, & 6:40 P.M.
Saturday: the same schedule as during the week, but there is an additional bus at 5:30 P.M.

From Mexico City to Taxco (about two & one half hours)
Monday through Saturday : 7:40, 9:40, 10:40, 11:40 A.M. and 1:40, 4:40 & 10:10 P.M.

To Acapulco
There are a few available services; the best of the three costs about US $14 one way. The trip takes about four hours and we'd recommend going for the air conditioning. There is very hot country between Taxco and Acapulco!
Monday through Saturday: 7:00, 10:15 A.M. and 12:15, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, and 6:40 P.M. On Saturday there is an additional bus at 7:30 P.M.
From Acapulco:
Monday through Saturday: 7:10, 9:10, 12:10, 14:10, 17:10, 18:10

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Flecha Roja, Av. de los Plateros Tel: (762)622-5488 or (762)622-0131
This bus service is decidedly more casual than Estrella de Oro. We have even experienced cancellations of scheduled trips (for which we had tickets) when it appeared they didn't have enough passengers to make a profitable trip -- not such an awful thing unless you're on your way to Mexico City to catch a flight. No matter what your destination, get your tickets the day before your departure.

To Cuernavaca (about 1 and 1/2 hours duration)
Busses leave
hourly at 5 minutes past the hour beginning at 6:05 in the morning with the last bus leaving at 8:05 P.M. The trip costs just $50 pesos or less than US $5.00.

To Acapulco (about five hours) and to Chilpancingo (about three hours) on the same route
Departures from Taxco
4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 A.M. and 12:10, 2 :40 and 6:40 P.M.

To Mexico (about two and one half hours)
Busses leave from 5:00 A.M. through to 8:00 P.M. with the exception that there is no bus at 10:00 A.M. The cost is about $100 pesos or about US $10.00.

To Toluca (about two and three quarters hours) and to Ixtapan de la Sal (about one and one half hours) on the same route. To Toluca will cost about $75 pesos or about US $7.50. To Ixtapan will cost about $38 pesos or around US $4.00
Busses leave at 1:40 and 11:40 A.M. and at 1:40 P.M.

Pullman De Morelos, Cuernavaca
Tel: 01-777-318-9187 or 01-73-27371 or 01-73-24481
This is an excellent bus company with stations in Cuernavaca. From their La Selva station they have very frequent service directly to the Mexico City airport.

Combining a bus from Taxco to Cuernavaca, the taxi ride between terminals and the bus ride directly to the airport will cost you the same as a bus from Taxco to the Taxqueña Bus Terminal in Mexico City with a taxi ride to the airport.

This is their schedule for the airport buses: AM--4:01, 4:31, 5:01, 5:31, 6:01, 7:01, 8:01, 9:01, 10:01, 10:41, 11:21 and PM 12:01, 12:41, 3:00 (arr. 4:40), 4:00 (arr. 5:40). Verify the schedule and make reservations ahead of time if you can. The bus is rarely completely full, but we've had it happen!

TAXI SERVICES
From Cuernavaca to Taxco

Call Sr. Gabriel Hernandez Castro, Sitio Pullman de Morelos, Unidad 39 Tel: 01-7-320-8088 (house) or 01-7-318-6894 (office) Sr. Hernandez is an excellent driver and very personable. It will cost about $60 for one or more passengers. You may call him from the airport before you get on the Pullman de Morelos bus and he'll be waiting for you at the bus terminal on your arrival in Cuernavaca.

Taxis in Taxco
Tel: (762)622-0600 or (762)622-0301 or (762)622-7342
If you need service at a late hour or very early in the morning, call to ask for a pick up. There will be a small surcharge and it's worth every cent!

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Private Driver
Sr. Anzures lives in a nearby village called El Azul where there are no private phones. Call the central village number, (762)622-6910, and ask for him or leave a message for him to call you. He is fluent in English, charming, available as a driver or guide. He is well known and trusted by wholesale silver buyers who are carrying valuable quantities of silver jewelry from Taxco to the airport in Mexico City..

TRAVEL
Traveling in Mexico?
Check out this good site: Http://www.Ourmexico.com

TRAVEL AGENTS
Turismo Garlun, Plazuela de Bernal No. 10, at the side entrance to the Centro Joyero (the old Castillo building-side entrance)
Tel/Fax: (762)622-3021
Email:
turismogarlun@prodigy.net.mex
Owner: Sra. Rosalinda Hernández García, IATA member
Making travel arrangements in Taxco for anything but local or in country tours is nothing but a waste of time for travel agents in Taxco. Rosalinda will help you if you need it, but don't mess with flight coupons or frequent flier miles or anything of that sort. She can't help you much and you will take up a lot of her time.

 

Turismo Posada de la Misión, Alejandro, Tel/Fax: (762)622-0488 or (762)622-4042

 

TRUCKING
Trucking service--Call Francisco at (762)622-1656.

Local trucks for moving--Camionetta #4, Isidro Martínez Ibarra, (762)622-4037 Find him on Av. de los Plateros at the corner by Telmex.

 


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