A volcano, a snow-capped mountain and
several, perhaps hundreds of "kissing dogs", are some of the characteristic
features of this City of pre-Hispanic roots, which was founded on
July the 25th of 1523 by Gonzalo de Sandoval.
A tour along Colima must include visits to the archaeological compounds of El Cubano, El Chanal, Los Ortices and Los Asmoles, complexes built by the cultures native of the west of Mexico. It is an exciting and educational experience that will allow you to watch pyramids, religious precincts and pottery, amongst other vestiges from the past.
A tour along the centenarian City centre is indispensable as well. It is an urban space of imposing colonial buildings such as the Cathedral, of neoclassical features, and the Palace of Government, with its notable murals.
Colima, capital of the homonymous State, extends across two summits, the Fuego Volcano, and the Colima Snow-capped Mountain, silent giants that seem to survey the evolution of this agreeable City, located 73 kilometres away from Manzanillo and at 1200 kilometres from Mexico City.
Another peculiarity in Colima, the land "where the old god or fire god rules", according to its meaning on Náhuatl language, are the dog - vessels called itzcuintli or kissing dogs, singular ceramics that presumably have pre-Hispanic roots.
You can visit the following places in the vicinity of Colima:
- Comala: It is a warm provincial City located 10
kilometres away from the centre of Colima. It is a quiet place
of white little houses of red tiled roofs, and generous orchards,
that hardly changes a little at its main plaza, where the restaurants
located under the portals emanate an exquisite aroma of homemade
food, of town food.
Comala keeps flashy colonial buildings such as the Parish of San Miguel Archangel, built in the XVIII century. Another place of much interest is the Pueblo Blanco Cooperative, a notable crafts centre in which new creators are prepared, and where wooden suites, leatherworks and ironworks are offered.
Another attraction is the former Nogueras Hacienda, of the XVIII century, currently known as Nogueras Cultural Compound. The artworks of Colima's most renowned artists are exhibited in here.
It has an uncertain weather that oscillates between cold and mild.
- Suchitlán: It is a Town of artisans located at 10
kilometres from Comala. Its inhabitants, mostly of Náhuatl origin,
keep their habits and artistic expressions, being the most representative
the elaboration of the colourful wooden masks they use on their
dances, and the fabrics made out of otate or guadua, a sort
of bamboo, reed and zapilotate fibres, with which they produce
an ample variety of baskets.