By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)
Tourists are amazed how many attractions there is to see in the state of Colima, Mexico! Located on the Pacific coast, Colima is the third smallest state in the country.
Tourists have the advantage to be able to reach almost all of their attractions in from only 1 to 1-½ hours.
Colima is the perfect destination for Eco-tours.
At El Estero Palo Verde, we boarded a panga (long fishing boat seating 12 passengers) and traveled into the thick red and white Mango Tree swamp.
These trees formed an arch over the swamp, just wide enough for our boat. Their roots reach up from under the water with thick greenery and branches above.
It looked like a wall of trees. We suddenly saw crocodiles glaring at us! They were very close; we could almost reach out and touch them.
As the panga reached an open part of the swamp, we saw hundreds of exotic birds, iguanas and other wildlife.
Our boat moved deeper and deeper into the swamp until we entered a small opening of thick brush, trees intertwined and bound. Everyone had to watch out for low vines and branches.
At El Tortugario Turtle and Iguana Sanctuary Ecological Center, turtles come ashore by moonlight to lay their eggs in nests deep in the sand.
These eggs hatch into newborn turtles in 45 days. When the babies are two days old, they measure around one inch and we can hold them during the ritual on the beach.
Everyone places the squirming little newborns on the sand simultaneously, pointing them to the ocean.
Colima is one of the few places where you can visit an active volcano as it spurts its sulphurous vapors, fumaroles and red-hot rock lava flows into the air.
Take an exciting trip to the National park’s Fuego or Fire Volcano, 12,992 feet above sea level. Los Portales del Volcan Restaurant’s terrace is a vantage point to watch for signs of the eruption.
The Magic Zone is not a nightclub for magicians, but a mysterious gravity defying area north of Colima City. Everyone thinks they see a hill, but it is not a hill! Cars in neutral gear move upward by themselves.
Since we were close to Suchitlan, our tour stopped at this charming town. We walked around their main plaza, the picturesque cobblestone streets, and had the opportunity to experience a mask making workshop.
Dining at Suchitlan’s Los Portales Restaurant is like a picnic. Tables stand on the ground and you sit under coffee trees.
Colima offers beautiful beaches. We strolled along the black sand beach and around the quaint little town of Cuyutlan. Their black sand beach is not dirty; the beach is composed of volcanic sand.
The capital of the state of Colima, Colima Cities’ charm is in its colonial section: the Neo Classical-style Best Western Hotel Ceballos (1861), Government Palace, Regional History Museum and many other historic buildings.