Landscapes, Tradition, Culture and the Spectacular
• Tour guide
• Escorted tours
• Entrance fees
• Colima historic city tour
• Comala magic town
• Coffee plantation
• La Campana archaelogical site
• Hacienda Nogueras
• Volcan de Colima Look out
• And much more
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.
Comala is a small, picturesque town. 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.
La Campana archaeological site. Fertile land close to the sea was doubtless the main criteria for pre-Hispanic cultures when choosing where to build their cities and religious sites. Colima’s roots go deep, and you can see them in evidence at La Campana, Colima’s most famous archaeological sites.
Inhabited between 1100 and 1400 B.C., Colima once boasted a complex commercial, social and religious infrastructure. As in modern-day cities, some buildings were public, hosting interactions between people, government and religious authorities. But a few were restricted to just governors and priests. You’ll also find evidence of a pre-Hispanic ball game, whose practice was as much about religious worship as it was about physical activity. Xolotl, a deity associated with this game, was in Pre-Hispanic mythology the companion of the sun during his sojourn in the underworld at night. Venus, the morning star, heralded the victory of Tonatiuh, the sun god, every day.
Centro Cultural Nogueras. The Nogueras Hacienda is the former family home of Mexican artist Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo. Rangel is best known for his paintings, furniture design and graphic design work, including a series of Christmas cards that he designed for UNICEF. Rangel spent much of his adult life helping to support local artisans in his native Colima, and toward the end of his life he helped to found several schools including the School of Artisans in Comala and the School of Architecture at the University of Colima.
Rangel purchased the Nogueras Hacienda in the late-19th century, renovated it and added a museum space where he displayed his artwork and collections of antiques, furniture and pre-Hispanic artifacts. After Rangel’s death, the property was donated to the University of Colima and continues to be run as a museum and center for archaeological, historical and anthropological studies.