Contadero is one of the five original villages of Cuajimalpa. The name derives from the counting of cattle. During most of the colonial period, livestock was driven here to be accounted for and sold. It still has the feel of a mountainous village, although Contadero is actually just a few minutes drive from the very center of Santa Fe. In fact, Contadero is officially the neighborhood of both the famous shopping center and the new Parque La Mexican just across the street.
Like all of Cuajimalpa, it’s taken centuries to conquer the many mountain and ravines. Little towns grew in relative isolation until only very recently.
This little town is really centered at the citizen-restored Fountain “La Ranita.” This is at the intersection 16 de Septiembre and the main drag Avenida Arteaga y Salazar. Named for two of the Martyrs of Uruapan, killed during 1860s, the avenue is the main drag through the town. The Calle 16 de Septiembre is the main local street, with the public schools and the street fairs. It’s also home to the Mercado Contadero which is spectacular place to eat if you’ve been stuck surrounded by chain restaurants.
The Church of the Immaculate Conception dates only from 100 years ago when residents asked for their own parish church. The stone cladding and tower stand out for their exceptional beauty.
A feast day is still celebrated every December 8. This feast is quite a spectacular as residents celebrate with bonfires throughout the town.