The state of Colima has one of the smallest territorial expansions in Mexico, yet it’s strategically located along the Pacific coast in the southwestern region, making it an important destination. The mountains, warm beaches and abundant marine life are reason enough to visit Colima. About 38 km (24 mi) north of the state capital, you’ll find two natural wonders that are ideal for ecotourism outings: El Nevado de Colima, a mountain which is 4,330 meters (14,289 feet) above sea level, and the active Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire), which is 3,960 meters (13,068 feet) above sea level. Located in the Volcan de Colima National Park, you can appreciate its awe-inspiring beauty from the town of Comala, which was the setting for Juan Rulfo’s novel Pedro Paramo. There you can try excellent regional cuisine, including sweet bread and mezcal punch. About 12 km (7 mi) from there lies Colima, the state capital, which invites you to visit its Jardin Libertad, the Cathedral and the Palacio de Gobierno, where you’ll find interesting murals that chronicle Mexico’s history.
As for archaeological zones, there’s El Chanal, where a unique ideology of time was created. There you’ll also see graves known as the Tumbas de Tiro. If you head 20 km (12 mi) from the ruins, you’ll arrive at Los Ortices, an important religious center. For some fun in the sun, you can visit Boca de Pascuales, a beach that draws many surfers and is known for its excellent fish and seafood. If you’re looking for a different kind of outdoor adventure, you can visit the volcanic islands of the Archipielago de Revillagigedo Biosphere Reserve, where you can spy various birds and sea turtles.
Another point of interest is the saltwater Cuyutlan Lagoon and it wildlife conservation center. If you’re looking for comfort and exclusivity, the port of Manzanillo, known as the Sailfish Capital of the World, is lined with posh hotels. Manzanillo hosts important international sportfishing competitions, as well as golf and sailing tournaments. You can also enjoy kayaking at the Marabasco River and scuba diving at Isla Navidad, a tourist resort that lies northwest off the coast.