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Chapel Hill, NC
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sights outside Taxco; short Spanish instruction; weather

Hi--we will be traveling with our 16 year old son in mid -October to spend a week in Taxco. We've booked a place to stay, recommended by other folks, and we'd REALLY appreciate some advice about the following:

1-is there someone you'd recommend to give Spanish language instruction to our son for 2-3 hours a day for 5 days? He's had only a couple of years of Spanish.

2-What sights, villages, etc., markets would you recommend we visit outside of, but not too far away from, Taxco? We're not going to Taxco for the silver, and we've never been before, so would like to spend some time looking around the area.

3-Is there anyone in Taxco who gives organized tours of the surrounding countryside, sights, etc.?

4. What's the weather like in mid-October?

5-Is there a place to rent a car for 3 of those days? We're taking the bus from Mexico city, and don't want a car for the entire trip.

THANKS A LOT!!!

San Miguel de...
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1. Re: sights outside Taxco; short Spanish instruction; weather

1 - The Taxco campus of UNAM may be able to arrange or recommend a tutor for your son.

http://www.cepetaxco.unam.mx/englishindex.htm

2 - A The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, the largest and best caves in Mexico, are 19 miles from Taxco.

2 B - Old Taxco is eight miles from Taxco.

2C - 10 miles off the highway to Cuernvaca are the archeological ruins of Xochicalco. While they are not in the same league as the top tier of ruins, the are among the second tier, definately the best south of Teotihuacan and north of Oaxaca.

2 D - I am not into silver, but I extended a planned 3 day trip to 5 because I liked the town so much. If the church of Church of Santa Prisca is a 10, then the next best building is maybe a 3. It is not individual building that make Taxco special, but the they the building blend into a harmonious whole as they follow over the hills along a labyrinth of narrow streets. I enjoyed exploring the town. There are a number of interesting places with wide views. If you don't like walking on hilly streets then your exploring will be limited. You could have a taxi take you to high view point and then work your way down to the center. Take the cable car up to the luxury hotel across from Taxco for great views. I highly recommend having a meal at the rooftop restaurant of the Hotel Escondido which is in the southwest corner of the Plaza Borda. There are 360° views. It is especially wonderful if you start a little before sunset.

4 - The weather should be great.

5 - I doubt that there is a car rental agency in Taxco.

Good photos at a website of a ex-pat living in Taxco.

http://www.digthatcrazyfarout.com/

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larpman

Larpman's Guide to Mexico

http://www.larpman.com

Toluca, Mexico
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2. Re: sights outside Taxco; short Spanish instruction; weather

Yes, go to the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa and to the zoofari.

3. Re: sights outside Taxco; short Spanish instruction; weather

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