Comala, the "White Town of America": A Historical Heritage

Get to know Comala in the state of Colima, peaceful and quiet, with an incomparable artisan heritage and a rich historical past.

Comala, the "White Town of America": A Historical Heritage
Magical Town of Comala, Colima. Photos: Sectur

Located 9 kilometers from the city of Colima, capital of the state, Comala, this peaceful town immortalized in the novel "Pedro Páramo" by Juan Rulfo, was the seat of important indigenous settlements before the arrival of the Spaniards. Founded in 1524, when the region was given in encomienda to the conqueror Bartolomé López, it is currently known as the "White Town of America", because in 196l the Government asked the neighbors to paint their houses white, which are still preserved with red tile roofs, large gates and windows decorated with flower pots.

The picturesque town witnessed armed movements such as the War of Independence, the fight against the French Intervention, the Revolution, and the Cristero Rebellion. It has been featured in countless films and has been an inspiration for renowned writers, in addition to Rulfo.

Comala Tourist Attractions

Due to its climate and landscapes, it is an ideal place to rest. You must visit the ex-hacienda de San Antonio, to relive the era of romantic Mexico. Nearby there is a place where it seems that time has stopped and that the flowers chose it to give it their colors and perfumes: the ex-hacienda of Nogueras, now converted into the University Cultural Center.

If you are fond of fishing, you can practice it in the lagoons "El Jabalí", "La María", and "El Calabozo", declared National Park in 1981, to preserve the natural resources of wild flora and fauna.

The natural ponds "Zacualpan" and "El Remate" are perfect for fun days in the country with the whole family. The "Carrizalillos" Ejidal Tourist Center has a restaurant, lodging, boat, and horse rental, and for children, there is a soccer field and playground.

At kilometer 6 of the Comala-San Antonio highway, there is an inexplicable phenomenon: rolling objects slide down a slope in the opposite direction. It has to be seen to be believed.

Historical Center of Comala
Historical Center of Comala


Main square.
Sculpture of the writer Juan Rulfo sitting on one of the benches, who made Comala famous in his novel "Pedro Páramo".
San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church.
Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo University Museum.
Hacienda de San Antonio, luxury hotel.
Carrizalillos Lagoon.
Suchitlán, a town that preserves pre-Hispanic traditions, ideal to buy carved wooden masks and observe the Colima Volcano.
Paseo de las Parotas Tourist Walkway.
La Yerbabuena.
Colima Volcano, also called Volcán de Fuego de Colima.
Lagunitas in the Manantlán Biosphere Reserve.
Nogueras Eco Park and "Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo" University Museum.
The Guardian.
Laguna de la María Tourist Center
La Nogalera: gastronomic corridor of rural food.
Coffee Route: Hacienda Nogueras, Comala, Magic Zone, Suchitlán, La Nogalera, Northern Coffee Zone of the state, El Remate.

Artisan Heritage

The handicraft tradition is manifested in the production of furniture, wood, leather, and ironwork articles, such as chandeliers, flying buttresses, and lanterns that are elaborated for the national and international market, with that special Mexican seal. In the Handicrafts Market, you will find a great variety of very special articles: reed baskets, reproductions of archaeological pieces, paintings, clocks, wooden furniture, hats, etc.

Regional Gastronomy

Visitors can delight their palate by savoring exquisite regional dishes and punch, a typical drink made from maguey mezcal and various fruit juices.


Fiesta Guadalupana, every December 12 the folklore is present with dances, cockfights, bullfights, horseback riding, and floats, as well as the striking color of the nightly fireworks.