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A TOWN WITH THE AROMA OF COFFEE

It is internationally known for its coffee production and boasts beautiful architecture that can be admired in its churches, buildings, and large houses, many of which were constructed in the 19th century, in the Andalusian style, with enormous greenhouses where the most exotic orchids are cultivated.

Coatepec is a lovely town that can be explored on foot. Its streets are harmonious, exuding the aroma of coffee, which can be savored and admired in the beautiful handicrafts.

On September 30th, this town dresses up in celebration of its patron saint, San Jerónimo. One of its traditions is the "enramadas," which are flower arches placed at the entrances of all the town's temples. In fact, each one competes to have the most beautiful arch to adorn the entrance.

Another important festivity is the National Coffee Fair celebrated in May.

It is located only 13 km (25 minutes) from the city of Xalapa, 186 km (2 hours and 50 minutes) from the city of Puebla, and 328 km (4 hours and 45 minutes) from Mexico City.

Coatepec

What to See in Coatepec

Tourist Attractions of Coatepec

Palacio Municipal (City Hall)

It is a 19th-century building with a mural by the artist Melchor Peredo, depicting scenes of important figures in Coatepec's history. It is also characterized by its elegant arches.

Hidalgo Park

A beautiful tree-filled space dating back to 1878. Its colorful kiosk stands out, along with a small café.

Since 2009, an orchid garden with over 1,000 specimens has been established inside the park. During the afternoons, it becomes a meeting place for dozens of birds.

Parroquia de San Jerónimo (Parish)

This parish dates back to the 17th century and features Baroque elements. Its side door resembles a snake's jaws, and during the summer solstice, in a play of light and shadow, it appears to move along the portico.

Templo de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Church)

The building dates back to 1853 and is constructed in a Neo-Gothic style. Its interior is hand-painted, and the dome features a mural by Gregorio Sosa, a Coatepecan artist.

Capilla del Barrio de la Luz (Chapel)

A building dating back to the late 19th century, although it has undergone several renovations.

Parroquia del Calvario (Parish)

The parish is characterized by its pleasant Neo-Gothic architecture.

María Enriqueta House Museum

If you want to delve into Coatepec's cultural history, you can visit the María Enriqueta House Museum, the home of the famous poetess, showcasing her works. The exhibition allows you to learn more about her trajectory.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

El Museo El Café Cafetal-Apan (Museum)

Located on the road to Las Trancas-Xalapa, the museum showcases coffee production, from the beans in their various stages to enjoying a delicious café macchiato, one of the region's specialties. It has a restaurant and a store where you can buy delicious regional products.

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

MCAFE Museum

Here, you can see, touch, smell, taste, and hear about the coffee tradition. Located in a former pharmacy, visiting it will be like a journey to the past.

El Beneficio La Mata

An impressive European-style construction from the 19th century houses a museum that takes you back to the 19th century and showcases the handling and production of coffee, including a series of machines that have been used for many years. This place has been used for film shooting.

Orchid Garden Museum

With more than 5,000 orchids of 2,000 species in their natural habitat. One of the unique things you can see here is the miniature orchids that can be observed through a magnifying glass to distinguish all their beautiful features.

Haciendas

To understand Coatepec's history, you must also know the history of its haciendas, such as:

  • the Ex Hacienda de Orduña from the 18th century, which now houses a library, a pedagogical department, a lithography workshop, and spaces for cultural exhibitions;
  • the Ex Hacienda de Zimpizahua, which used to produce sugar and aguardiente and is now a hotel; and,
  • Hacienda El Trianón, dating back to the early 20th century and still preserving its original furniture and curious works of art carved in wrought iron.

Saturday Market

On Saturdays, a market is set up offering a wide variety of organic products from the region, as well as crafts from all around.

What to Do in Coatepec

Choose your Adventure in Veracruz

UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES IN COATEPEC

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Take the Coffee Tour

There is a Coffee Tour where you can visit the coffee plantations of Finca Don Silvano, located in the middle of a cloud forest about 7 km from Coatepec. During the tour, you will learn about the history and culture of coffee, as well as the characteristics of the ecosystem. This tour wouldn't be complete without savoring a delicious cup of coffee.

Another option to experience coffee farms is Senderos del Café, where you can visit the farms related to the Bola de Oro brand, with over 40 years of tradition. You'll learn about history, tradition, production process, and be assisted by professional tasters.

Discover the Stunning Nature Reserves near Coatepec

Just 6 km from the town center, you can visit the La Granada Ecological Reserve with over 20 hectares. Inside, you'll find a beautiful waterfall of about 100 meters in height. It bears the same name as the reserve and is also known as the "thousand-step waterfall," as you have to descend over a thousand steps amidst lush vegetation to reach this waterfall.

Nearby, in the community of Chopantla, among the coffee plants, you'll find another lovely waterfall called Bola de Oro, with a height of 30 meters. These areas are perfect for hiking and camping.

The surroundings of Bola de Oro waterfall can be explored on horseback, offering vegetation from dry forest to tropical forest. It is also an excellent place for birdwatching and observing butterflies.

One of the most beautiful natural sites near Coatepec is the Cerro de las Culebras Ecological Reserve, named after a legend that says a large snake emerges from a cave located halfway up the hill every year. It is a place where the patron saint festivities of San Jerónimo take place, one of the most important celebrations. You can ascend by car or on foot to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna of the area. At the top, there is a viewpoint offering a spectacular panoramic view of Coatepec and its surroundings.

Explore a Waterfall

Another nearby attraction is the Texolo Waterfall and a smaller waterfall known as La Monja, formed along the course of the Texolo River. To reach a viewpoint, you have to descend over 300 steps made of logs, and from there, you can get closer to the main waterfall to feel the breeze and admire the emerald green of the tropical forest, including orchids, ceibas, palms, and ferns.

Enjoy Lush Vegetation

The Huehueyapan River is also located near Coatepec, surrounded by lush vegetation and coffee plants. It's a pleasant place to explore, often amidst mystical fog.

Enjoy Ecotourism Parks

Adventure enthusiasts can visit the Montecillo Ecotourism Recreational Park, where you can go hiking, zip-lining, rappelling, and climbing.

Another park you can visit is Aldea del Buen Vivir, covering 10 hectares and offering a chance to enjoy nature. It has a mountain bike track, playgrounds, a climbing wall, paintball, and zip-lining. Additionally, you can explore the Bosque de Niebla Trail to learn more about this ecosystem.

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