Pluma Hidalgo — organic coffee village
For the more adventurous, try a “day trip” to the mountain top coffee growing village of Pluma Hidalgo. To get to it, you travel to Old Santa Maria Huautlco, near the international airport, and then you head across a bridge and up the mountains on a well paved road. Here are a few photos from one of our visits.
The above photo is of their “principal plaza.” Note the church building in the center, background.
The place to find “comedar” (food) is at “Raquel’s” restaurante right on the principal plaza.
Inside “Raquel’s” restaurant you will find a friendly spirit. You will find chairs almost too heavy to lift.
You will find “tiny” bannanas that are absolutely delicious ; -) AND and a friendly hostess.
Pluma Hidalgo has a covered “ball court” hanging on the side of the mountain. It looks like it is set up for soccer. I don’t know what they do when a ball gets kicked off the edge. After all, the community is perched on the top of a mountain. They grow organic coffee under the shade trees. We tried to buy some when in town, and they didn’t have a single bean in the warehouse. We did find our coffee beans before going down the mountain but that is another BIG story. Anyway, here is the “ball court” which doesn’t look anything like the ones you found in ancient ruins in Mexico
The “ball court” is in the photo above and their “church building” is the photo below. The doors of the church building have some very nice stained glass, which tells a famous story using just four panes of beautiful glass. But that, too, is another story!
We finish this brief visit with a photo of their town banner featuring their saint. While we were in town, we donated school supplies to their local school. At the time, we did not realize the irony of a bunch of foreigners from USA donating to their school. You see we had invaded their space one more time, if you consider the history beind the name of their school, “Heros de Chapultepec.” But then, that too is another story!