THINGS TO SEE IN COLIMA BEFORE ARRIVING IN COSTALEGRE
The historical center of Colima is full of charms. It has a colonial air that lasts thanks to a set of historical constructions and a series of squares. The tourist route is scattered in the city so it is recommended to take the time to travel around the center on foot.
Do not forget to visit the former Government Palace, a construction of 1884 with murals inside. To enjoy the outdoors, there are the Morelos portals, and around you can immerse yourself in time by visiting the Regional History Museum to observe archaeological samples of the famous ceramic dogs.
Without having to make a detour in your way, you can enjoy several urban sculptures that decorate the roundabouts that surround the city of Colima. Upon arrival you will be greeted by an immense Sebastian, there are also Juan Soriano and Ivonne Domenge, is also very controversial José Luis Cuevas On the way to Comala there is an immense reproduction of the typical pre-Hispanic dogs of the region.
Instead of continuing through the road to Manzanillo, you can take the direct deviation to Comala, called Magical Town, now the country's cultural heritage.
This town inspired the great work of Juan Rulfo Pedro Páramo. Located on the slopes of the volcano, and surrounded by coffee plantations, the town has a great charm and also allows you to enjoy the lush vegetation.
In the beautiful square you can spend the afternoon in the typical portals; there under the excuse of having a drink in the botaneros centers, you can eat until you say enough all kinds of gorgias, garnachas and small tastings of regional cuisine.
Las Hamacas del Mayor and surf in Pascuales
Arriving at Tecomán there is a deviation to Playa Azul, and then it forks towards Boca de Pascuales. There, with an impressive view of the sea, this typical enramada serves some of the best gastronomic samples of the region, with all kinds of seafood and fish preparations.
It is recommended in particular the zarandeado fish (only for those who do not die of hunger since its preparation lasts more than 30 minutes), as well as any selection of fish to the devil or garlic mojo. If you practice surfing, this beach is preferred among experts. Even if you prefer not to venture, you can enjoy the visual spectacle of young people riding the waves.
This beach is the cradle of the myth of the green wave, which is said to reach heights of more than 6 meters (19.6 feet), and its name is due to the fact that in general the color of the water is a greenish stranger. If you like strong emotions, you can expect it between April and June, although you never know when it will arrive, if at all.
Old blue lounge chairs with drapery fabrics, wooden tables and umbrellas bleached by the sun, delineate this huge beach of black sand, subject to strong currents and waves, which gives it a certain air of abandonment as it is not preferred by children or parents of family, and make it look like an ode to The Death in Venice by Luchino Visconti.
In the village you can visit a turtle farm, an educational sanctuary in the area, and the Salt Museum. If you are interested in seeing how the salt is extracted, you can head south of the Cuyutlán Lagoon where the salinas (salt extraction place) work.
For kilometers the highway runs parallel to an immense beach of open sea, with impressive plantations of palm trees on the other side. This part of the route smells of the sea, you can see the sea and the reflections as mirages in the huge straight make it look like sea, turning the journey into a mysterious experience that reduces the desire to reach the sea. Of course, it is not recommended to stop to swim, the currents are strong, the swell changing, and the breeze constant.
Manzanillo is the main port of the area, and the beach is full of cranes, containers and huge ships. Even so the town has a certain charm and has an interesting Museum of Archeology. To the west of the bay is the legendary hotel Las Hadas with its characteristic beach architecture and memories of splendor.
University Museum of Archeology
Glorieta San Pedrito S / N for the extension of Av. Benito Juárez. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. And from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Sunday it opens from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
It is divided into four exhibition rooms. The first is the one that contains pre-Hispanic pieces of Manzanillo, the second is the main theme of Colima in general, the third is the room dedicated to Mesoamerica and the last is that of Treasures because it contains elements that stand out for their beauty. It also houses a library specializing in indigenous issues and has a large audience.
Visitors can enjoy the murals made by Francisco Vásquez Guzmán, Jonathan Aparicio and Jorge Chávez Carrillo. Outside the museum there is a sculpture made by Rafael Zamarripa Castañeda.
If you decided not to stop on your route, the first time you can stop to appreciate the sea is between km 107 and 108 of the Colima-Cihuatlán road, just before reaching Club Maeva. There is a viewpoint where you can park the car and admire the Bay of Santiago from above.