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I am going to talk about Colima City. Maybe you’ll ask yourselves why? Well, I grew up there, my parents, siblings, and all my paternal family live in that city, and I’d like you to know some of it. Colima is the capital of the state of the same name, it is in a fertile valley with good economic activity, based on agriculture, cattle and industry, located in the center west of Mexico, and bordered with the state of Jalisco to the east and the state of Michoacán to the southeast, near the Colima Volcano, which divides the small state from that of Jalisco. Also Known as the Volcan de Fuego is considered México’s most dangerous active volcano and could be poised for eruption. Several explosive events took place in 1999, and there were two small eruptions in November 2000. Periodic explosions and lava flows have continued to May 2005. Since 2005, there has been little activity. The Name Colima comes from the Nahuatl word “Collimait” where “Colli” means: ancestors or gods, and “maitl”: means domain of .This has been interpreted to mean: “Dominion of the old god or god of fire” referring to the volcano. Villa de Colima was founded on January 1527, with the name of Villa de San Sebastian. The city of Colima is known as the City of Palms, because of the large number of palm trees that adorn the streets. The seal of the city contains fields of red to symbolize the hot climates and local flora such as: bougainvilleas, pitayas, and palm trees. Blue appear to represent water on which appears an image of King Coliman. Includes an open book (to symbolize the education), the two volcanoes of the state, foliage called lambrequins and xoloitzcuintle dogs, finally we see a floating ribbon with the legend “people proud of your people”. It is the second largest municipality after Manzanillo by population. FDI Intelligence, a subsidiary of the Financial Times of London, ranked Colima first in small cities and tenth in Latin America as a place to live. It was evaluated under six categories: economic potential, human resources, cost-benefit ratio, quality of life, infrastructure and favorable business environment. THE HISTORIC CENTER. The colonial city was founded in 1527 and contains many historic buildings.

pipian mole. has an area under and in front of the arches for outdoor dining. you could go to the Metropolitan Regional Park with recreational facilities and zoo. cucumber and peanut bits added. The best known hotel is Hotel Cevallos. which is a replica of the one Miguel Hidalgo rang in Dolores Hidalgo and a clock from Germany. It consists of a Kiosk in the center. located just off the main square. people playing chess. especially xoloiszcuintle dogs. The cathedral constructed in the Neo-classical style in 1894. and a handcraft store at the end of this street. often due to earthquake damage. Here and in other restaurants in the city. indigenous clothing and ceramic figures. brought from Belgium in 1891. which is tick and somewhat gray in color. This park is also home to an Interactive Science Museum and the Distinguished Men’s Roundabout. Stands sell a local drink called “bate”. with apple. a prehispanic drink. one can try popular dishes such as: atole with milk. . made from a toasted seed called CHAN or CHIA which is an herb that grows wild among the corn. one can see street musicians and artists offering to paint or draw landscapes. along with honey or piloncillo. which focuses on crafts. documents and other objects which narrates the history of the estate. has a number of archeological pieces along with a replica of a shaft tomb. but since then it has been renovated various times. On Sunday admission is free. white menudo. tatemado. another traditional drink sold on streets and parks is called “tuba” it is made from flower of a type of palm tree. For some relaxation. On one side of Jardín Libertad is the Museo Regional de Historia or the Regional Museum for Colima. It retains traditional businesses such as ice cream. The state government palace is next to the cathedral. The Piedra Lisa Park is named after a large smooth monolithic stone which was thrown here by the Colima volcano thousands of years ago. According to local legend. white pozole. On the side of the hotel there is a pedestrian street called Andador Constitucion. surrounded by palms and leafy trees. birria and sopes. visitors to the city who slide down the smooth face of the stone three times are destined to stay or return. it is a building in French Neoclassical design.In the historic center of the city is a square the main zócalo called Jardín Libertad (Liberty Garden). It often hosts live music on weekends. enchiladas dulces. behind a set of arches. the facade contains a bell.

stairwells on pyramid bases often have glyphs similar to those found in central México which many have a calendar functions. along the way they dance to live music and are accompanied by fireworks. There are two archeological zones in the municipality. and you will visit it soon. El Chanal over an area of 120 hectares. the feast includes. which are human figures 4-5 meters tall. Nearby is the town of Comala. I hope you enjoyed this little review of Colima city. finished off with red tile roofs that give a very picturesque aspect. the city’s main cultural centre. is a wonderful little town on the way to the Colima Volcano. they are controlled by people within them. The Los Portales brings out free food if you have drinks. mojigangos. it is also called White Town of America because its constructions have white facades. Upon arrival at the rodeo you can see a bullfight. ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONES. folkloric dancers and charros on horseback. visit Hidalgo Theatre.February. . when I was child I liked best the feast charro taurina. La Campana is a small archeological site on the outside of Colima that is slowly being restored. it occurs during two weeks in mid. The city is sometimes affected by hurricanes We have many celebrations throughout the year. Comala has a great garden with an amazing church on one side and on another side is a series of outdoor cafes. with average temperature of between 24 and 26°C.If you are interested in arts. A large wooden bullring is assembled annually with no nails or metal parts called LA PETATERA. the site has evidence of the extensive use of obsidian and metals such as copper and gold contain many tombs. Comala is a definitive visit if you go to Colima. It consists of daily Processions starting at 11 am from the zócalo in the center of Colima and it ends in Villa de Alvarez rodeo. and then the mariachis come out. all this is free. Thank you. CLIMATE The climate is semi humid with rains in the summer. followed by a popular festival with live music and food.



el año de 1986 el Cabildo de Colima convocó a un concurso para la selección del escudo oficial. Los ornamentos exteriores están constituidos por el timbre que es una representación alegórica de los códices y de los lugares con elevaciones importantes. Los lambrequines son de color verde. La piedra lisa forma parte del alma de la ciudad de Colima. Los perros cebados que aparecen como soportes custodios. que junto con la ya existente forjaron la base actual de Colima. Al centro de los volcanes aparece el hollín náhuatl del movimiento. simbolizan la cerámica precolombina que se elaboró en la entidad y están estrechamente relacionados con el sincretismo religioso de los antiguos pobladores de la región. El bordado está realizado en color oro por ser la ciudad de Colima el centro de la vida económica. En la punta se colocó un libro abierto que simboliza la historia y la educación en Colima. A los lados del escudo penden lambrequines que simbolizan a la cultura española. por contar con grandes figuras en la labor docente. . que simboliza los movimientos sísmicos del volcán de fuego. adoptándose como tal el que resultó triunfante en ese certamen. y que presenta las siguientes características: Los campos diestros y siniestros en gules (rojo) simbolizan el clima cálido de la región. tuba. alfajor. etcétera)El campo de la punta azur (azul) simboliza los ríos y el cielo como marco a la imponente figura del rey de Collimán. Por último en la punta del escudo se aprecia un listón flotante con la leyenda "PUEBLO ORGULLOSO DE SU ESTIRPE". estos se refieren a los volcanes que están estrechamente ligados con su historia y tradición. lo vistoso de sus bugambilias y las pitahayas. pues simbolizan la bondad de la tierra y la abundante vegetación del municipio. política y cultural de la entidad. las palmas se colocaron como símbolo de la agricultura del municipio y sus derivados (cocada.

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