Colima "City of Palms"


Colima is a tranquil city and capital of the small Mexican state of the same name. Colima is located in western Mexico not far from the Pacific coast and is situated in a valley between two volcanoes, the active Volcan de Fuego and the dormant snow-capped Volcan Nevado de Colima. Called the “City of Palms,” Colima is dotted with banana and coconut palms and the weather in Colima is pleasant year-round. Colima has been named one of the safest and most livable cities in Mexico.


Jardin Libertad: Colima’s Jardin Libertad (main plaza), is the heart of the city. Admire the Portal Medellin, a row of arches on the plaza’s north side and the Portal Morelos on the plaza’s south side. On the east side of the main plaza is the city’s Cathedral and next door to the Cathedral sits the impressive Palacio del Gobierno (City Hall) building. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the main plaza and enjoy the weather in Colima. It’s not unusual to find musicians entertaining in the gazebo as people dance in the plaza. Don’t forget to sample the agua de tuba (coconut palm juice), a local specialty.


While in Colima, you’ll also want to visit some of the city’s excellent museums including the Museo Regional de Historia de Colima (Regional History Museum of Colima); the Museo Universitario de Artes Populares (University Museum of Popular Arts); and the Pinacoteca Universitaria Alfonso Michel (University Art Gallery Alfonso Michel) which features some of Michel’s works


Manzanillo, sunny caress


 Not only is Manzanillo a well-known resort destination, but Manzanillo port was the first shipping yard to open in Latin America in 1531 and today, it’s the most important commercial seaport in Mexico. Located along the central Pacific Coast of Mexico overlooking the twin bays of Manzanillo and Santiago, Manzanillo is situated in a region with diverse natural landscapes. It’s a favorite destination for beach activities, ecotourism and adventure sports.




Comala "Magic town"

Comala is a small, picturesque town located just north of Colima City. Called the “Pueblito Blanco” (White Village), Comala’s buildings are painted white with red tile rooftops and adorned in vibrant bougainvillea. Comala is referenced in Juan Rulfo’s famous novel Pedro Paramo and the town was designated a Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) by the Mexican Tourism Board in 2002.



Things to do


What to drink?

The park behind the Colima�s cathedral  is Jardin Gregorio Torres Quintero, which contains mango, tabachin (Caesalpinia mexicana) and palm trees along with stands selling handcrafts, novelties and food. Stands here and other places in the city sell a local drink called the “bate” which is thick and somewhat gray in color, made from a toasted seed called chan or ch�a along with honey or piloncillo. Another traditional drink sold on streets and parks is called “tuba.” It is made from the flower of a type of palm tree, with apple, cucumber and peanut bits added