Taxco Silver Capital of Mexico
When you next come to Ixtapan Spa, definitely take the inexpensive day trip to the silver capital, Taxco. Upon arrival, first investigate the shops around the main plaza, then go in the old cathedral. Ask for the street on which is the Hotel Los Arcos built in 1602. The restaurant inside gets good reviews and the ambiance is lovely. Across the street is Emilia Castilla, fine silver ware from a famous silver family. Before you leave stop at Andres Fine Arts a bit outside of town for the best silver in town, including Paloma type pieces, more Castillo, and some vintage ware.
Silver has gone up considerably world wide but Taxco is still the center of much manufacturing so prices can be but are not always lower. The town is worth the visit even for non shoppers.