Comala is a small, picturesque town located just north of Colima City. 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.
The town centers on the main plaza where you’ll find both the Palacio Municipal (Town Hall) and the 20th-century San Miguel de Espiritu Santo parish church. From the main plaza you can enjoy excellent views of the twin volcanoes, Volcán de Fuego and Volcan Nevado de Colima.
Grab a drink at one of the tapas bars along the main plaza before wandering the narrow cobblestone streets of Comala where you can shop for local handicrafts and folk art. Ceramic replicas of the perros cebados (round dogs) artifacts that have been discovered throughout the state – now a well-known symbol of Colima – are available in shops throughout the town center.
Comala is the state’s leading producer of coffee and the town produces some of the region’s finest coffee. Visitors to Comala and the nearby village of Suchitlan can visit local coffee plantations for tours and tastings. Hire a local guide to lead you there on horseback.
The village of Suchitlán, meaning “Place of Flowers,” is best known for the production of carved wooden animal masks that are hand-made by local artisans in home workshops. The masks are traditionally worn by dancers during the village’s annual Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations.
Comala is a great base from which to explore the natural attractions of the region including Nevado de Colima Volcano National Park, the Laguna La Maria for birdwatching, hiking and boating in the lagoon and the Suchitlán Canyons for stunning views of the twin volcanoes.