Driving an hour south of Cuernavaca, Mexico, through countryside bursting with blue morning glories and giant yellow marigolds, we reached the red roofs and cobbled streets of unspoiled Taxco. The city, which tumbles picturesquely down a hillside, is justly famous for its silverwork, but offers much to sightseers, as well.
The breathtakingly ornate 18th-century Church of Santa Prisca y San Sebastián will surprise those with even the most severe cases of European cathedral fatigue. We passed through its richly carved façade to discover a soaring space bordered by nine dazzling gold altars, each overflowing with cherubs, saints, scallop shells, acanthus leaves and other baroque flourishes.
The rest of the city made for an amiable (if sometimes steep) stroll, with narrow lanes occasionally opening onto charming plazas or broad vistas over the town and countryside. Taxco can also be visited as a day trip from Acapulco, three hours to the south.