In the southernmost part of Oaxaca, near the Pacific Ocean, is the town of Malvarisco in the munici- pality of San Pedro El Alto. The history of Malvarisco dates to 1926 when native Zapotec families from the municipality moved to Malvarisco after disputes arose between Zapotec community leaders over land ownership. At that time, the new community leader decided to evict the communi- ty members from their cultivated areas. As a result, some families decided to settle on the other side of the mountain range, the Sierra Sur, to find a place where they could build. Over time, they mana- ged to develop in the southernmost part of the mountain range with what they knew and learned: coffee cultivation.
According to the locals, Sierra Sur is the home of the famous and praised Pluma Hidalgo, an offshoot of Typica that was first cultivated in Mexico. Pluma Higaldo was named after the main town, located 25 minutes from Malvarisco. The municipality is also known as a tourist hub on the coast of Huatulco, where visitors can enjoy coffee tourism or visit the beach and the Huatulco National Park.
San Pedro el Alto