Silent Memories

Magical Town of Colima or White Town of America, as it is also known, for the contrast between its simple white facades, the earth color of its roofs and the rich vegetation of its surroundings, this town became part of the collective imagination in 1955 , year in which Juan Rulfo published the most universal of the Mexican novels: Pedro Páramo.

Its name means "place where comales are made", from Nahuatl Comalli. However, the oldest settlers settled here more than 3,000 years ago. Later, important cultures flourished, such as Nahuatl, Toltec, Chichimeca and Tarascan, which was the predominant to the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century.

The monumental architecture of Comala is basically concentrated in its historical center, where you can admire the Parish of San Miguel Arcángel, of neoclassical style, and the Municipal Presidency, which harmonize together with the Main Garden and its German-style kiosk.

However, the popular consensus supports the idea that Comala's main attraction is still its traditional cobbled streets, where its facades with lanterns and old doors, always crowned by red roof tiles, moldy with time, stand out, white and simple. humidity.

Equally amazing is the natural environment of this region, since its volcanic particularities have formed a set of lagoons of enigmatic aspect and, therefore, suggestive. For example, 18 kilometers to the north, there is the Carrizalillo lagoon, an ideal place to walk along its banks, on foot or on horseback, and to camp and catch fish such as the largemouth bass.

The former Hacienda de Nogueras is another place where nature is adorned exuberant. Many years ago a sugar plantation was installed there. Now there is a Museum, an Ecopark and a Cultural Center.

The snacks of the place are famous, such as tatemado and sweet bread. As for drinks, you can try the punch based on mezcal, tuxca and fruits of the region, or the bat, which is a cold atole of chan seeds with piloncillo honey.

We came to Comala because they told us that here was a Magical Town, the White Town of America.

Here it is: it's yours.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Main Square Surrounded by green gardens and trees, this square has also a sculpture of the famous Mexican writer, Juan Rulfo, sitting in one of the benches.
  • Church of Saint Michael Archangel of the Holy Spirit This is the principal church of the town, and it was built in the nineteenth century.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • December 12th Is an ideal day to visit this Magic Town because then you can enjoy the Festivity of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which includes popular dancing, street markets, bullfighting, cockfighting, and a parade float.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Tatemado of pork meat. Roasted pork meat spiced with chili.
  • Sweet bread
  • Ponche. A hot beverage made with fruits of the region.
  • Bate. A hot beverage served with ice cream of sugar cane.
  • Artisanal coffee
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Comala means "place where comales are made," and it comes from the nahuatl word "comalli," a kind of pan used to cook tortillas.
  • According to some researches, the first inhabitant arrived 3 thousand years ago to this area.
  • Comala is also known as "the White Village" because most of its houses, mansions and buildings are painted with that color, and also most of them have red tiles in the roofs.
  • Renowned Individuals:
  • Margarita Septien. She was a teacher recognized in the national level, who also founded the "Vasco de Quiroga" Institute.

Popular Craft

  • Wooden masks for folk dances
  • Palm hats
  • Furniture made with otate tree

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