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.
Milagros Para Ti now has a sister shop in North Carolina! Debbie is currently dividing her time between Mexico and the US having recently moved up to Hendersonville, in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains. This small town is surprisingly similar to Coatepec in size, climate, and wonderfully friendly folk.
Another group makes whimsical carvings of angels, chickens, and other figures that will bring a smile to your face! Also available from Veracruz are hand-rolled cigars of aromatic tobacco, bottles of pure vanilla and the finest shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee.
Milagros Para Ti offers you the finest in rugs, huipiles, rebozos, blouses and purses.
Textiles are produced throughout Mexico and contemporary textiles derive their richness and variety from the combination, over many centuries, of different materials, techniques and decorative motifs. All our textile products are hand woven using only natural, colorfast dyes. White cotton is native to the New World as is the luscious toffee colored strain called coyuche. Preparation of the cotton and the dyes to color it is arduous taking from a few hours to several days. Blue comes from the anil plant, red from the cochineal bug which lives on the cactus plant, yellows from lichen, and black from Indigo.
These most delicate and lovely of wraps are themselves a miracle of Mexico. They have been used not only as clothing but have also found their way onto tables as runners and on windows as curtains! We offer them to you in cotton, wool and silk. Each rebozo is hand woven and colorfast, dyed from natural plants and animals. Shades range from white to the most brilliant of colors. The soft beige rebozos are made from coyuche, a naturally caramel colored cotton native to Mexico.
Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, high in the mountains of the Mixe region of Oaxaca, produces hand woven and naturally dyed cotton shawls in a beautiful array of earth tones. This proud region was never conquered and remains a sacred place for the Mixes who are striving to preserve their traditions and provide the village with an economic base though the sales of textiles.
Debbie also travels to Guatemala to find the best in tightly woven purses, placemats and jackets.
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.