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ince its founding in 1992, more than 30,000 foreign and local students have passed through the classrooms of CEPE-Taxco. Our mission is and has been to teach Spanish as a foreign language to students from around the world, and to encourage knowledge of Mexican history, as well as Mexican and Hispanic American art and culture.

“…one must approach the Spanish language as one would approach a warm, living being, not a grammatical product”.

 José Moreno Villa, “El español en boca mexicana”

In addition, CEPE-Taxco has provided an invaluable service to the local population, including them in university life through the teaching of English, theater and stage performance, literature and composition, and through the organization of artistic and cultural performances in coordination with different areas of cultural promotion of UNAM, thus encouraging the presence of the University in the state of Guerrero.

  • The facilities of CEPE-Taxco are found in the Ex Hacienda de “El Chorrillo”, a historic property from the 16th century designated as cultural and historical heritage to which UNAM was granted custody by the state of Guerrero in 1992. Since then, the University has been responsible for restoring and preserving the architectural and historical values of the property. Originally, the Ex Hacienda de “El Chorrillo” was property of the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and it is recognized as one of the first haciendas for the benefit of mining on the American continent. For over 400 years, the process of silver separation was done there.
  • Our main mission is and has been the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language to students from around the world and encouraging the knowledge of Mexican history, as well as Mexican and Hispanic American art and culture. We offer to the local population a means to take an interest in university life through the teaching of the English language, theater and stage performance, and literature, and through the organization of artistic and cultural performances in coordination with different areas of cultural promotion of UNAM. In addition, we have taken part in other tasks of great importance, such as the restoration and preservation of part of Taxco’s architectural heritage, the custodian of the city’s historical archive, as well as an extraordinary botanical garden “Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón” that is home to the Naturalist Project of Registry and Conservation of Species. Today, in addition to watching over the facilities of the Ex Hacienda de “El Chorrillo”, we are working on the restoration of the historic building La Casona to change it into a cultural center that strengthens the university’s presence and its tasks of teaching, as well as cultural and artistic promotion in the state of Guerrero.