The hacienda that is home to La Ceiba is built on a hill that rises above the village of La Orduña, situated on the outskirts of Coatepec (Coatepec means “hill of the serpent” in Náhuatl). This is a large town in the center of the state of Veracruz, located 300 kilometers east of Mexico City and 100 kilometers west of the port of Veracruz.
La Orduña is a small semi-rural community mainly dedicated to agricultural and commercial activities. It is surrounded by coffee and sugar-cane plantations which are processed in nearby villages. People are warm and hospitable and still retain many of their folk traditions such as celebrating Day of the Dead and other annual festivals.
Coatepec is famed for its coffee and is often referred to as “the coffee capital of Mexico”. The climate is temperate and humid with an average temperature of 19.2°C. Rainfall is high and given the year-round humidity and the altitude, the region is covered by tropical montane cloud forest, home to a great variety of plant and animal species*. The Municipality of Coatepec was named a “Pueblo Mágico” (Magical Town) in 2006 by the Ministry of Tourism in recognition of its cultural and historical value.
Ten kilometers from Coatepec is the city of Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz and home to a rich cultural and student life. Its attractions include its lakes, Juárez Park and the Anthropology Museum, which is the second largest and most significant nationwide after the one in Mexico City.
Other places of interest in the region include the villages of Xico and Jalcomulco, 10 and 25 kilometers from La Ceiba respectively. They are set amidst beautiful natural surroundings where the exuberant flora of the region can be enjoyed, together with abundant and varied water features—waterfalls, pools and the La Antigua river, one of the best places in Latin America to go rafting and kayaking.
*There are no poisonous snakes.