The State of Guerrero Dirección de Turismo (tel./fax 762/622-2274; www.guerrero.gob.mx) has offices at the arches on the main highway at the north end of town (Av. de los Plateros 1), which is useful if you're driving into town. The office is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 8pm, and Sunday till 6pm. To get there from the Plaza Borda, take a ZOCALO-ARCOS combi and get off at the arch over the highway. As you face the arches, the tourism office is on your right.
The center of town is the tiny Plaza Borda, shaded by perfectly manicured Indian laurel trees. On one side is the imposing twin-towered, pink-stone Santa Prisca Church; whitewashed, red-tile buildings housing the famous silver shops and a restaurant or two line the other sides. Beside the church, deep in a crevice of the mountain, is the wholesale silver market -- the best place to begin your silver shopping, to get an idea of prices for more standard designs. It's open daily from 9am to 7pm. You'll be amazed at the low prices. Buying just one piece is perfectly acceptable, and buying in bulk can lower the per-piece price. One of the beauties of Taxco is that its brick and cobblestone streets are completely asymmetrical, zigzagging up and down the hillsides. The plaza buzzes with vendors of everything from hammocks and cotton candy to bark paintings and balloons.
New Dangers in Guerrero
For the most part, the ongoing violence of the drug trade has been sequestered to border towns in the north of the country. However, it has also affected states that contain valuable trafficking routes for the narcos. Sadly, some of these unseemly activities have spilled over into parts of the state of Guerrero, including Taxco. In June 2010 there was a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and police. No bystanders were killed or injured in the incident, but it was just one of several reports of activity in or around town in 2010. So far the violence hasn't directly affected tourists in Taxco and visitors continue to come and enjoy the beautiful hills and the array of silver jewelry for sale. However, longtime residents lament the changes. Use caution when traveling on local highways, especially at night, and heed warnings from hotel staff and tourism officials.