Coatepec nestles in the cool, mist shrouded mountains above the hot, humid coastal area of the city of Veracruz. At 4100 ft we have a pleasant year round climate with average temperatures of 64 degrees. This quaint colonial town offers a peek into the evolving life of a small Mexican town. Since the early 1800’s this has been the center of the rich, shade grown coffee for which Veracruz is famous. The town has an interesting coffee museum and plantations to visit. These days, however, tourism centers more and more on the natural treasures of the region: waterfalls, river rafting, hiking, bird watching, and spectacular flower/orchid shows.
Coatepec sits in a cloud forest, unique in its biodiversity, filled with lush green trees laden with bromiliads, moss and wild orchids. Not only people but also a myriad of birds, insects and plant life love this cool forested area.
The festival of San Jeronimo (St. Jerome), the patron saint of Coatepec, is celebrated the week of September 30 when the streets are filled with flowers and activites are held. A visit to the main churches gives an overview of several architectural styles: baroque, neoclassic and eclectic!
Coffee plantations that date from the early 1800’s abound and one can visit some of them, including La Orduña (now an art center), El Trianon (a museum) , and Zimpizahua (a hotel).
A walk or drive up to the top of the Nature Reserve "Cerro de las Culebras” (Hill of the Snakes) is a must. This is now an ecological preserve and one gets a wonderful view of Coatepec and El Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico. Additional hikes include visits to the waterfalls of La Granada or Bola de Oro which lie within the city limits. These waterfalls and plantations can also be visited on horseback and/or mountain bike.