A Ruined Hacienda and Pico de Orizaba

A few years ago, I saw a fantastic photo of a ruined hacienda in Mexico, somewhere near the base of Pico de Orizaba.  There was little information about it.  I kept digging and eventually found the name of a nearby town, and from there, eventually located the hacienda on Google Earth.  It went on a list of “places to visit someday” if I was ever in the area.

In early March, I took a quick trip to Mexico and visit this hacienda as well a half-dozen other places in the immediate vicinity that I was interested in.  I waffled quite a bit on whether to go — with the status of travel up in the air due to the coronavirus, I worried a bit about any upcoming travel restrictions, and of course, whether I’d get sick or not.  At the time, there were only four cases in Mexico, so it seemed safe enough to go.

I spent a night in Cholula, then moved on to Ciudad Serdan, a couple of hour away.  One morning, I hired a taxi to take me out into the countryside to the small town of Atzitzintla, and from there, further into the countryside to find the hacienda.  It was a clear day, and it appeared I could incorporate the massive mountain Pico de Orizaba in the background.  Pico de Orizaba is the third highest mountain in North America at 18,491 feet.

This location was everything I expected, and I love the photo I took there.

Ruined Hacienda and Pico de Orizaba

Ruined Hacienda and Pico de Orizaba


I also photographed a small chapel on a hilltop near here, which will be the topic of a future post.  We passed another hacienda, but I didn’t find it photogenic enough to stop.


5 comments on “A Ruined Hacienda and Pico de Orizaba”

  1. Dean says:

    Peter you should start a YouTube cannel and do slide shows of your photos. I’m in Danang Vietnam now doing the same, check my new channel ‘gipsydean’ on YouTube.


  2. Catherine Hicks says:

    Have your ever read, Consider This, Senora, by Harriett Doerr? This photo for some reason makes me think of her writing. I think you would love that book.

    Catherine Hicks

    1. Peter says:

      I have not, but I am always looking for good reads, so I will check it out. Thanks!

  3. Sock says:

    Peter, did you use drone to take the Ruined Hacienda and the Chapel on the hill?

    1. Peter says:

      No, these were both taken from ground level. I did use a long telephoto on the Chapel on the Hill image.

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