Welcome to Coatepec
Waking up and smelling the coffee has rarely been this epiphanic. Cradled in the Sierra Madre foothills, Coatepec’s coffee production has long been its raison d’être, a fact that will become instantly clear as soon as you step off the bus and inhale. The settlement dates from 1701 and coffee has been grown in the surrounding cloud forests for almost as long. The crop has brought wealth to the town; Coatepec – which lies a mere 15km south of Xalapa – is adorned with rich, gaudily painted colonial buildings. In 2006 it was nominated as a pueblo mágico (magical village) by the Mexican government. It makes a laid-back alternative to nearby Xalapa.
In late September, Coatepec vivaciously celebrates its patron saint, San Jerónimo, making it an excellent time to visit.