Cuernavaca – Day 4

In the morning we traveled to a poor rural community, Tlamacazapa, that is built on the side of a very steep hill.

One street in Tlamacazapa

The family we visited there makes beautiful palm baskets and thread bracelets to sell in the market for their living. Getting their wares to the market in the city can take most of their profits.

The bracelet I purchased

They do not have potable water in the community because their wells all contain arsenic. They live day to day. They have a very small breakfast (coffee and sugar cane), no lunch and then rice OR beans with tortillas for supper.

In the afternoon, we travelled 22 km to Taxco – a very wealthy city. Such a difference in such a short distance. The difference? Taxco has silver mining. The church there had walls covered with ornamentation covered in 24 carat gold! Considering the huge needs so close, it seemed obscene.

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