Guarded by the imposing Fire and Snow-Capped Volcanoes of Colima, Comala village is an architectural jewel of cobblestone streets and red roofs, a white-page book that has inspired great novelists, and a true delight for all senses.
Located an hour and a half from the beautiful port of Manzanillo, this place has received the denomination of Magical Town, and it is not surprising since, besides colorful traditions, exquisite gastronomy, and pleasant climate, it has a history of more than 3000 years:
The name Comala comes from the Nahuatl and means ‘place of the comales’, because among the ancient cultures, such as the Olmecs, Toltecs, Chichimecs, and Tarascans, this place was known for the manufacture of the comal, a local utensil used in pre-Hispanic cuisine and even nowadays.
Its central square dates back to the 19th century, and in it you will find an elegant white wrought-iron kiosk, a fountain carved in stone and, on one of its benches, you will find a bronze sculpture of the great Mexican writer Juan Rulfo, who tirelessly narrates one of his stories to a child. “I came to Comala because I was told that my father, a certain Pedro Paramo, lived here,” said the novelist in one of his books.
In addition to the parish of San Miguel Arcangel, an imposing neoclassical structure built within the first 30 years of the same century, the square is framed by large porticoes and arches, known as Los Portales de Comala (The Comala Arches). There you will find small restaurants or snack bars where both locals and tourists gather to spend the day while enjoying the live music of mariachis and trios.
Delight yourself with an exquisite organic coffee and homemade bread, known as picon of Comala, whose burnt sugar flavor is unmistakable. If you’re looking for something stronger, don’t miss the punch made with mezcal, tuxca (a type of mezcal made from endemic agaves), and fruits and seeds from the region such as pomegranate, pineapple, peanuts, walnuts, among others.
Tour the many regional craft and candies shops and take home some of its typical products, such as coconut candies, palm hats, huaraches (a kind of sandals) or the world-famous dancing dogs of Colima, a pre-Hispanic representation that symbolizes the transmission of wisdom and knowledge from elderly people to new generations.
And that’s not all! If you want to discover more of the natural and cultural treasures that this destination hides, don’t forget to visit the Las Nogueras estate, the community of Suchitlan and the lagoon of Carrizalillo.