City of Colima

Folkloric biosphere

Known affectionately by its residents as the City of Palms, Colima, "place in the hands of the grandfather" (Nahua name in relation to the neighboring volcano), is a green, warm and peaceful habitat with a provincial air that is recreated in various institutions of cultural promotion and a colonial and gastronomic folklore that enchants the bucolic spirits.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Jardín Libertad Right in its center there is a bandstand brought from Belgium in 1891; and concerts and recitals are performed by local bands every Thursday and Sunday.
  • Portales Hidalgo These arched covered hallways are the ideal place to enjoy the local gastronomy since many restaurants and fondas are placed here.
  • Basilica and Cathedral of Colima Built in 1894, it features a unique neoclassic style that has been restored in different occasions to maintain its original splendor.
  • Palace of Government Its construction was finished in 1904 by the architect Lucio Uribe who also designed the nearby cathedral.
  • Regional Museum of History Built in 1848, this building has functioned as mansion, hotel, and, since 1988, it became the current museum that you can visit to learn the local history.
  • University Museum of Popular Arts It houses a large collection of handicrafts from whole Mexico; among them, typical toys, masks, cuisine utensils and figurines.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivity of the Holy Saints As in the rest of the Catholic world, it is celebrated on November 1st every year.
  • Festivity of Virgen María Auxiliadora (Our Lady Mary Help of Christians) It takes place on May 24th each year, when a huge popular open-air dance is organized to celebrate the patroness of the city.
  • Day of the Dead Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd each year, when the local families go to the cemeteries to adorn with flowers and candles the tombs of their beloved ones.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe This festivity is organized from December 3rd to 12th with religious processions, masses, and also with dancers who perform their dances in front of the Cathedral.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Tamales. Corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with corn leaves or banana leaves to be steamed.
  • Pipian. A kind of mole sauce but its main ingredient is pumpkin seeds. It is served on top of rice and pork, chicken or turkey meat.
  • Birria. Goat meat slowly baked in its own juice or consommé seasoned with chili, and it is served with tortillas.
  • Menudo. Delicious broth made from beef belly and served with onion, lemon and oregano. It is always accompanied with corn tortillas.
  • Enchiladas. Tortillas fried in oil and hot sauce, and stuffed with meat or vegetables, and served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, and cheese on top of them.
  • Coconut candies
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • In Aztec language, the word Colima means "Place conquered by our grandparents" or "Place dominated by the old god or by the god of fire", in reference to the nearby Volcano of Colima.
  • The Village of Colima was founded on July 25th, 1523, by the Spanish conquistador Gonzalo de Sandoval.
  • From March 10th to November 26th, 1792, the priest and founding father of Mexico, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, was in charge of the Parish of Colima.
  • Renowned Individuals:
  • Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado (1934 – 2012). President of Mexico from 1982 to 1988.

Popular Craft

  • Ceramics and pottery
  • Carved wood
  • Embossed metals
  • Ornamental items made with corn leaves
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