The Party Plaza in Colima State, Mexico

The village of Comala, Mexico, about 10 miles (16 km) outside of the city of Colima, the capital of  tiny Colima state, is home to a unique drinking tradition. While every Mexican city, town and village has at least one plaza with at least one bar on it, in Comala, named a Pueblo Magico in 2002, you’ll find a plaza ringed with open air bars tucked into atmospheric portales. These bars offer endless plates of tasty snacks that come free as long as you keep ordering their (slightly pricier) drinks. Gaze at the very active 12,533 foot (3,820 meter) Colima Volcano as it spews and sputters in the distance as the cold beers, tequila shots, tacos and mariachis just keep coming.

the plaza inside Comala, Colima, Mexico - Eirc Mohl

Best Mexico Travel Tips: Things to Do in Colima

If you over do it at the bars on the square in Comala, take advantage of a local morning after remedy. It’s called leche caliente and it involves an early morning trip to a dairy farm armed with cups, alcohol (the plastic bottle containing the clear hooch will simply say “alcohol”) and a mix of ground up chocolate and sugar. Somehow you end up with this, a  Comala Leche Volcano.  Once you’ve recovered, don’t miss Nevado de Colima National Park where you can hike, go birdwatching or even climb the Colima Volcano if it’s not too active.

Mexico Location: Where is Colima, Mexico?

Colima is one of the smaller states and located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast between Jalisco to the north and Michoacan to the south. Also, the state is home to the four  Revillagigedo Islands, oceanic islands far off the coast of Mexico. Also, despite being small and the state with the lowest population, it apparently offers one of the highest standards of living in Mexico.

-Karen Catchpole & Eric Mohl

In April of 2006, SATW award-winning freelance travel journalists Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl left their jobs and apartment in New York City and embarked on their ongoing Trans-Americas Journey, a 200,000 mile working road trip through North, Central and South America including 18 months and nearly 25,000 miles in Mexico. They freelance from the road for outlets including Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Afar among others. Follow along on the Trans-Americas Journey travel blog as their little road trip continues south through the Americas.You can also find them on twitter @TransAmericas

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  • Arlen

    nice blog

    • craig zabransky

      All over the world? Wow. Mexicans do love the fiesta. Stay drinking, Craig

  • Maggie Mistal

    Love that they have the drinks and the hangover cure so you can still experience the beauty of the place. Looks like another great adventure in Mexico. Thanks for taking us along Craig!

    • craig zabransky

      Yes, it is funny how that works…. and certianly plenty to drink in Mexico. As for taking us along, well, I am planning to take people along this April 30th with Stay AdvenTOURs to Mexico City.
      Stay AdvenTOURing, Craig

  • Bill Kaliher

    Great information–have bypassed this town many times–think you have me in the mood to stop and visit on my next trip–thanks bill

    • craig zabransky

      Bill, I definitely want to stop here too…. Next time I am in Vallarta, I am making the trip south. Stay Exploring Mexico, Craig

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