Last week I responded with an email message to an internet ad for the sale of the Ranchito Coyopolan, a 3 hectare property in the pueblo of Coyopolan. A couple days later I received a response to my message from an architect in Coatepec, a city a bit South of here. Subsequently we arranged to meet at his office in Coatepec Sunday morning at 10:00 from where we would leave to view the property.
Shortly after I arrived at his office the architect, Senor Serena; his son Aldo; and his business parter and real estate broker, Senor Cordoba; and I piled into Sr. Serena’s pickup, with Senor Cordoba and Aldo sitting in the back on a stool and chair. Sr. Cordoba insisted that I ride in front.
We headed out of Coatepec on the road toward Xico and turned toward Teocelo. A bit past Teocelo we turned up a cobble stone and gravel road marked with a hand painted sign as the route to Coyopolan; and after a very slow, very rough twenty minute trip we arrived in the pueblo.
Coyopolan is a very small, very picturesque pueblo nestled in forested mountains, over which rises the imposing Cofre de Perote, at 14,048 feet one of Mexico’s highest peaks.
Luis, the current owner of the Ranchito Coyopolan greeted us warmly and insisted upon taking us on a complete tour. We started in his large, meticulously kept garden of raised beds where Luis identified each variety of vegetable, fruit, and herb. Additionally there were large patches of corn and beans, an incredible number of different varieties of cacti, and a semi-circular greenhouse structure constructed of bamboo.
Next we head through a lush, green pasture of grass and blossoming white clover. Flanking the pasture was an area where Luis has been planting Blackberry plants, “poco a poco”, as he put it. He indicated that a kilo of Blackberries brings $15 pesos. Across the Blackberry patch was a good sized field of plants which look like short sugar cane plants. I don’t remember the plant’s name but Luis indicated that it encouraged milk production in the thirty dairy goats he previously kept.
Beyond the pasture and berry patch the property descends into a forest through which flows a system of small meandering streams that originate from springs on the property and which supply drinking water, stock water, and habitat for rainbow trout that have been introduced. Near the source of one of the streams is a concrete tank structure built years ago to contain the trout. The forest through which the streams flow is composed of Maple, Cypress, Mahogany, and a variety of other tree species.
The ranchito is an enchanting place which clearly displays the many years of Luis’ loving care and hard work. The place can be had for about $50,000. USA.
Following the tour we settled down in front of the ramshackle house for a half hour of refreshments and conversation.
We said our farewells and hit the road, stopping in Teocelo at a cocina economica for tamales and sandwiches and later at Sr. Cordoba’s banana and coffee farm to harvest a few bunches of bananas.
I spent the trip back to Coatepec in the back of the truck with Aldo, Sr. Serena’s ten year old son, who provided an almost non-stop commentary for the trip back to town.
It was a very pleasant day spent with wonderful folks, visiting some exceptionally beautiful country.
I will shortly post pictures of the banana harvesting adventure.