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Comala, a Magical Town among volcanoes

Comala, Magical Town between volcanoes

Guarded by the imposing Volcán de Fuego and the Nevado de Colima, the town of Comala is an architectural gem of cobbled streets and red roofs, a book with white pages 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 name of Magical Town, and it is not surprising because, in addition to colorful traditions, exquisite cuisine and pleasant weather, it has a history of more than 3,000 years:

The name of Comala comes from Nahuatl and means 'place of the comales', because among the ancient cultures, such as the Olmecs, Toltecs, Chichimecas and Tarascos, this place was known for the manufacture of the comal, a neighborhood utensil used in cooking pre-Hispanic and even today.


Its central square dates from the 19th century, and in it you will find an elegant white wrought iron kiosk, a stone-carved fountain and, in one of its benches, you will find a bronze sculpture of the great Mexican writer Juan Rulfo, who tirelessly narrates one of their stories to a child. "I came to Comala because they told me that my father, a certain Pedro Páramo, lived here," the novelist recounted in one of his works.

In addition to the parish of San Miguel Arcángel, an imposing neoclassical building built within the first 30 years of the same century, this plaza is framed by wide porticos and arches, better known as Los Portales de Comala. There you will find small restaurants or botaneros 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 accompanied by artisan bread, known as Picón de Comala, whose burnt sugar flavor is unmistakable; Or, if you are looking for something stronger, be sure to try the punch made from mezcal, tuxca (a type of mezcal from endemic agaves) and fruits and seeds from the region, such as pomegranate, pineapple, peanuts, walnuts, among others.

Browse the many regional craft and candy stores, and take one of their typical products, such as cocadas, palm hats, huaraches or the world-famous dancing colimotes, a pre-Hispanic representation that symbolizes the transmission of wisdom and knowledge from older adults to the new generations.

And that's not all! If you were wanting to discover more of the natural and cultural beauties that this destination hides, be sure to visit the Las Nogueras hacienda, the community of Suchitlán and the Carrizalillo lagoon.