A natural landscape of volcanoes and palm trees is set apart by its provincial identity
Colima, Colima, known as “the City of Palm Trees,” is located in the center west of Mexico. This capital city is identified by towering stone monuments, a volcano that hovers protectively, and distinctive architecture.
The beautiful streets of Colima, set against the valley and volcano, appear to have been designed and painted by an artist. Colima is situated in a territory comprising part of the southern Sierra Madre and possesses not only natural beauty but also history, culture, and tradition. Visitors will find recreation and folklore in nearly every corner of the city.
Among its many stone sculptures are those designed to commemorate the King of Coliman, who defended his town during the Conquest. The Colimotes Puppies, another city icon, are cast in bronze and evoke the pre-Hispanic period.
In the state of Colima, traditional flavored punches are prepared, along with the fermented drinks of tuba and tejuino made from maguey and maize. Must-try dishes include Tatemado, pork with spices and peppers; Chilayo, a meat dish served with rice; and Cuachala, a shredded chicken dish.
The area’s seafood has a distinct flavor. The best way to sample it is to try a ceviche or fish soup. Typical sweets include coconut candies; alfajores with a blend of coconut and pineapple; and pellizcos, tangy balls made from tamarind pulp.
Framed by the central valleys located at the foot of the Colima Volcano, the towns closest to the capital of Colima offer visitors a unique combination of Old World atmosphere with cultural and recreational attractions that capture the region’s true flavor.
One example is Comala, a Pueblo Mágico (part of the Magical Villages program) that inspired the famous Mexican author, Juan Rulfo, in his novel Pedro Paramo. This breathtaking town, framed by sharply rising mountains, offers a quick escape for those visitors seeking unusual experiences. And Manzanillo, Colima, located on the Pacific Ocean, is just 40 miles away.
In terms of culture in the city of Colima, there are many museums and parks to visit. Famous buildings adorning the streets include the Portal Medellín; the ruins of the ancient monastery of San Francisco de Almoloyan, dating from the sixteenth century; the State Capitol Building; the Federal Palace; and numerous haciendas and houses that sheltered national heroes such as Benito Juarez and Father Hidalgo, including the Hidalgo Theater.
Examples of religious architecture include the Basílica Menor Cathedral from the sixteenth century, the Templo de la Salud church, and the Parroquia de San Felipe de Jesus parish church.
If searching for a traditional Colima gift, look for art depicting the Colima dog. It won’t be hard to find. This image was inspired by the Xoloizcuintle dog, or Mexican hairless, a breed that has existed in Mexico for more than 3,000 years and is likely the first dog in the Americas.
Its stunning scenery, historic architecture, and tranquil atmosphere make Colima, Mexico, a must-see destination.
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