Manzanillo is located in the State of Colima in the Mexican Pacific Gold, considered the most important height port, located on the route of the lines of navigation of the far East, North, Central and South America. Its geographical location allows you to offer magnificent landscapes, exotic sunsets, beautiful nuanced beaches with golden sands, spectacular views of the bay and sunny days, this and more make the beaches of Manzanillo an attractive tourist destination.
Manzanillo Colima, is recognized as the World Capital of the Sailfish and for those who are looking for an unforgettable experience, can try their luck against a marlín in the warm waters of Manzanillo. This beautiful port also has an impressive diversity of marine life, which becomes a paradise for diving and water activities and eco-adventure to this region of the Mexican Pacific. Like, for those who are looking for total relaxation, will fall in love with the spectacular sunsets, that combined with the tropical breezes, travelers find their inner peace.
Manzanillo is recognized for being a calm and relaxing destination, however it also offers a fun nightlife where you will find discos, bars and restaurants of high international gastronomy. From salsa clubs, live music and electronic music, adapting to any taste and style of the travellers. At Tesoro Manzanillo, our Concierge will advise you and will recommend the best option for your visit.
Following the tracks into the historic Past. Many years ago, pirates and conquerors, for the first time, looked upon the golden beaches of Manzanillo, with its peninsulas covered in jungles, from their big galleons on the sea. In the 16th century, Manzanillo was a tropical unspoiled paradise, formed by creeks rocky shores and coconut palm tree gardens. The native Nahuatls prospered along this fertile shore and were the first ones to receive Captain Gonzalo de Sandoval, who represented Hernán Cortés himself. The historic meeting between the Spaniards and a tribe chief was held in 1522 at the bay that, eventually, would be named La Audiencia beach, honoring this event.
La Playa La Audiencia is located at Península de Santiago between Bahía de Manzanillo and Santiago.
Ideal beach to practice kayak, Jet-Ski and diving. The slope and waves are always low, from the lighthouse of La Audiencia you can see beautiful panoramic views of Manzanillo.
We invite you to experience with us a responsible tourism, Colima´s new form of contributing to conservation of our valuable natural and cultural heritage, having an encounter with nature, appreciating our rich cultural and performing adventure activities that will leave you unique experiences.
Colima being such a small State (the third in the country) allows travelers to know it in short time and enjoy it the most that at the end you´ll sure return to Colima; as it has everything: beaches, mountains, friendly cities, hot and warm climates, peaceful, volcanoes, Pueblo Mágico de Comala (the magical town of Comala), delicious gastronomy, aquatic activities, land, air and fire, as well as charming villages.
Colima has the gift of making you feel more alive and the adrenaline pumping. You can achieve this flying without an engine and enjoy spectacular views; practice Tándem´s paragliding, which is a flight in a controlled directional parachute accompanied by an expert pilot. The take off can be performed in two places: La Cumbre and Jurupiche hills, which uses the slope of the hill running down hill propelling the lifted parachute ready to take the flight. Now, if you prefer to feel this experience of Alta Delta´s hang gliding, you can also experience it here in Colima, flying alongside a hang glider pilot expert, remember you don’t need to be an expert or have flown before, it’s only a matter of hiring an expert pilot in Tándem´s service.
In the State of Colima are located more than 90 routes to practice mountain biking that is an activity for the whole family, the main routes to the Chivato, around the Volcanoes, el Volcán de Fuego (Fire Volcano), The Turtle farm, Sierra Perote, Sierra Manantlán, Agua Caliente...among many more that will let you enjoy nature, coexisting with your family, friends or hosts people between the paths, gaps and narrow sidewalks with several difficulty levels and an effort according your physical ability, thus must be a full enjoyment
Don’t get dizzy and dare to descend with a fixed rope and the aid of specialized equipment and techniques in bridges, ravines and mountains within the State of Colima along with a professional advise and supervision, you can seethe layers of the earth, the antiquity of the place and the nature with beautiful scenery.
Come to do mountaineering at the Volcán Nevado de Colima (Colimas´ Snowy Volcano),which has an altitude of13,779 feet above sea level. You could enjoy it more closely and use your skills and abilities during the walk that is done to reach the peak. At the peak you'll enjoy a great view of the Volcán de Fuego (Fire Volcano),as well as the greatness of the wonders and natural phenomena.
This Volcano is usually snowy during the coldest months of January and February, making it even more attractive to adventurous travellers.
Carrizalillo Lagoon is a body of water located on the slopes of Colima´s Volcano, in the municipality of Comala, Colima, México. On the banks of this lagoon there is a resort that offers boat, kayaks and horses rentals. It is also suitable for largemouth black bass fishing and ideal for those who enjoy camping in the heights. The place is responsibility of the municipality of Comala, so it has24-hours surveillance and is located 25 minutes approximately from the same. It is ideal for hiking on its many trails leading into coffee plantations and small tunnels in the hill. Open everyday of the year.
Live a magical and totally unusual experience which in it seems that what goes up, really comes down. "This happens when a vehicle standing on the slope with neutral speed, instead of descend seems to go up, which many believe is just an optical illusion its located on mile 4 of the 16thState Highway.
Is a Protected Natural Area(PNA) located on the borders of the States of Colima and Jalisco. Its the most important of the Western of our country, due to its large extension(345acres),high biodiversity(more than 2,900species off lowering plants and over 560offauna),forestry potential and ecological services.
The area of the Sierra has count less caves and caverns. Most of them are shooting or very vertical ascent climb, which makes it a little difficult its exploration, how ever the challenge for the adventurous is another attractive.
You can also do in this natural paradise activities of camping, caving and observing he flora and fauna.
We recommend you contact a specialized and accredited company by the administration of the Reserve, which will manage the permissions necessary.
From the crater of Volcan de Fuego (Fire Volcano), just 5 miles away its located this population that offers a spectacular surroundings places to know and for camping. We recommend you contact a guide in the villa to accompany you to visit the capricious paths. Its located on Comala-San Antonio road passing La Maríaand La Becerra. From Comala is 45 minutes.
Comala is located just 15 minutes north of the capital City of the State of Colima, where people are trapped in time with its beautiful paving streets, white walls and red roofs tile, enviroment that causes people to preserve with passion their traditions and happiness.
If this were not enough, Nogueras is located 3 minutes from the historic centre of Comala, whose main attractions are: the Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo Museum*, which exhibit a sample of the Colima master´s work, the collection includes parts of its different artistic facets, as well as pre-Hispanic objects. In a former Hacienda courtyard of a university space are located the Cultural Center and the Eco Park Nogueras, which is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of an environmental culture research of the flora and fauna of the region. Finally in this community of Nogueras don't miss visiting Mr. Emilio Pinto´s handcrafts.
Suchitlán is 15 minutes from Comala, is a mystical town of Nahuatl origin, paving streets, cool climate and friendly people. If you want to have breakfast in this place we recommend Los Portales Suchitlán restaurant, offering a typical and delicious cuisine, you can also enjoy a wonderful view of Suchitlán Ravines and, above all, you can see the wooden mask manufacture, which are used in the Christmas holiday and various dances of the region as a symbol of ancient cultures. The masks represent gaudy faces that often dominate the fantasy.
The Comala-Naranjal road on mile 7 locates Carrizalillo Resort, where you will find attractive natural beauty of the lagoon that gives its name to the site. It’s a place of total relaxation that offers the services of hotel, cabins, restaurant, kayaks, paddleboats, horseback riding and camping rentals.
La Maria ResortLa Maria Resort is a peaceful lagoon surrounded by the typical vegetation of the mountain, is located just 35 minutes from Comala. It has a recreation center where you will find a restaurant, swimming pool, hotel, area for camping, trailer park, soccer field, playground, horseback riding, kayaks rentals and you can do bass and tilapia fishing. It is also ideal for hiking trails, which venture into coffee plantations and small tunnels in the hill.
The Magic Zone is located just 10 minutes before returning to Comala, a space in which you live a magical and completely out of the ordinary experience, where it seems that what goes up, really goes down.
Once your steps lead you through the narrow, paving streets of Comala, notice that the parish church of St. Michael Archangel (1832), the City Hall and Jardín Principal (Main garden) are the most beautiful attractions of this magical town. Around the garden you will find "The Portales of Comala", famous restaurants where you can taste typical snacks and drinks of the region; example is the punch (alcoholic beverage with fruits and seeds of the region) and the bread of Comala.
Its name is related to imaginary beings who inhabited the streams and were known as chanos. Due to the large number of Tlaloc´s representations (God of rain) that exist in the region, it is most likely that the name of El Chanal, is a remembrance of the myths that’s hould accompany the devotion and worship of this God. It hasn´t been determine the ethnicity of the inhabitants of El Chanal, because the material products found is not linked easily to the ceramic tradition of Colima. The Chanal had its greatest splend or between 1100and 1400A.C.By its expanse it is likely that pre-Hispanic settlement is the largest in the State, as it developed on both sides of the Río Verde (Green River)or Colima. Its include ceremonial spaces, plazas (main squares), central altars and even some ball games.
The Chanal´s craftsmen professions had to knew the use of metallurgy. The presence of the metal associated with the existence of plum bate (greyish color) vessels, the use of obsidiana (is a volcanic black, vitreous and compact rock), the elaboration of clay sculptures in the form of Xantiles and Xipe Tótecit seems suggests that El Chanal was inhabited by a related group, some how, with Tula. The North-South slope that characterizes the valley of Colima was seized by the inhabitants of El Chanal, the town arranged following its contour. The modern East town was protected so that will not be erased that pre-Hispanic evidences, that where established on the town plazas (main squares) and patios.
It is a representative sample of the importance and monumentality of the Pre-Hispanic settlements in the region along with other places. Oral tradition remained latent information about the existence of old buildings in these lands. However, the area was affected for a long time by the workers of brick, whom obtained clay from those buildings and looters seeking archaeological pieces to trade them; was used as a place to get stones for modern buildings, but the most serious damage in these lands was caused by the layout of the streets.
The place has its origin in very early times, there are traces of the ceramic phase called Capacha, dating from 1500B.C.Thearchitectural evidence on the surface corresponds to the classic horizon. Its maximum splendor was the period between 700and 900A.C.It is most likely that its decline was related to the earthquakes that struck the ceremonial center, leaving some groups settled until the time of Spaniards contact. The Campana (Bell) is only a portion of what was originally a very important prehistoric settlement, whose name was supposed Almoloya. It was a great size center of political-economic and religious control, but in the sixteenth century the Franciscans and inhabitants of the region used material from pre-Hispanic plat forms for their constructions. As a result of the Conquest, the native population lost much of their information sources, some researchers point out that it was a Náhuatl-speaking enclave, but it’s also known that they speak others, which some belonged to Yutonahua´s family.
Venture to an igloo or underground type made from clay, which has in the central hot volcanic stones to generate steam inside of it. Visitors can take pre-Hispanic sauna session bath to heal, to think, overcome fears or simply to coexist with others. There are 3 temazcals in this town of Comala: one in the town of La Nogalera, another in the community of La Yerbabuena and another in the magical zone of Comala. Camp Natura also offers this service in Manzanillo. There is a temazcal in the municipality of Cuauhtémoc and another one in Armería.
In addition to the municipal building of the Presidencia Municipal and Mediterranean-style portals, there are several monuments and sculptures that are located a few meters from the place, to appreciate them the next sculpture promenade is suggested:
On the main garden you can see the monumental sculpture of Pez Vela of the artist Sebastian, who is 24 meters high, 30 meters of base and weighs 70 tons. One side of the main garden, lies the Plaza Juárez where there is a statue of Benito Juárez which refers to the departure of Benemérito of the Americas from Manzanillo, heading to Panama in exile. Later, Raúl Zuazo follows square in honor of a distinguished citizen manzanillense, sheltering the fountain of water dancers offering a spectacle of water, music and sound for locals and tourists every night. The commercial area of the cruise to new public parking terminal was built in this same square.
They complement the walking tour by the Center, the sculptural walk that starts at the Cerro el Vigia with the beautiful view of the Bay of Manzanillo and the sculpture El Vigia, in honor of that character who warned the entry of a commercial ship to port, with banners as well as their origin and the type of load. Descending the Hill, we moved to the main square to appreciate the marine sculpture, we continue our tour along the malecon to find the stevedore and the Snoopy, symbol of the brotherhood with St. Paul Minnesota, United States. The next sculpture is located in what is known as the Morro of perlite, which is called the star Huntress, later the Merchant Navy and eventually heading to the area of the walk of the spirit, the sculpture of El Pescador. All made in honor of representative of this beautiful city and port of Manzanillo trades.
Another option to visit is the Tepalcates bridge, which offers an interesting and attractive Lake landscape emblazoned the wide body of water of the lagoon of Cuyutlán, with their beautiful islets and the lush vegetation of Palm trees and low jungle, all decorated with the squawking of countless sea birds that have established its habitat in the area.
"Good cooking is the result of the earth´s fruits and sea"... Colima is one of the country's smallest state but great for its natural beauty and has the most varied tastes of large territories.
Breakfast is the first meal of the day. It starts with an aromatic cup of coffee from the northern State where it predominate the culture of the communities of Suchitlán, Nogueras and around the magical town of Comala. The traditional pastries such as conchas (shells) and cuernitos (horns), picones, pasty and semitas, takes an important part in the balanced diet of Colima´s people.
Eggs, sauce and beans, accompanied by some delicious handmade tortillas are the strong part of breakfast.
The main meal is at noon. According to the tastes of each family it varies. It usually starts with a stew or beef broth, served with potatoes, carrots and zucchini seasoned with some coriander branches. It is usually also to start with a pasta or rice soup.
The dish may be beef, pork or chicken, tatemado, pork with spices and peppers; but also sea food dishes are customary for the people of Colima.
For dinner it's time for snacks. Throughout the City there are diners where you can enjoy a great menu which consists mainly of pozole, sopitos and sopes, tostadas (toast),sweet enchiladas, tacos and flautas, tamales and atole (all the dishes are typical mexican food).
Drinks also have a great personality in Colima. The tuba at least one can say is that is nutritious and refreshing. It is customary to drink it early; you can find it natural or composed with ingredients such as apple, strawberry, cucumber and peanuts.
The tejuino is a refreshing drink made from maize with brown sugar that is taken with lemon and salt.
A drink that deserves special praise is the bate, it is made with chan or chia wild seeds. It is taken with plenty of ice and honey cob added to give a better flavor.
The punches are soft drinks made with tuxca (agave liquor) or cane alcohol. The most famous is the one with fresh pomegranate seeds and takes a deep ruby color, but is also made of peanut, coffee, pistachio, almond, tamarind, among other flavors. It drinks cold in hot weathers and hot in winter season.
The sweets a revery abundant in the Colima´s families table. They are served as dessert or taken as candy at any time of the day. The most famous has been the coconut alfajor (crumbly shortbread), but you can also find borrachitos, coconut and milk sweets.
Colima is a fertile place, you will have the opportunity to know and participate in the tradition of organic fruit production, as well as to taste and appreciate closely the whole process, as being with the farmer till the product ready for the consumer. Some visits are to the coffee plantations, salt extraction process, cultivation of medicinal plants, honey collection, palm trees, coconut trees, bananas, mangos, lemons and melons orchards.
Sport fishing in Manzanillo One of the main activities in the municipality of Manzanillo is sport fishing; It is for this reason that it is known as the Capital world of the sailfish, being one of the most attractive tourist arriving in Manzanillo. In the waters of Manzanillo have captured the largest number of specimens of fish sailing around the world and enjoys international fame for ease with this sport is it. Occasionally, there are competitions at national and international level, involving larger competitors. To capture a specimen, is required to navigate sea in ten to fifteen minutes away from the exit, take the equipment and necessary measures. In Manzanillo there are four fishing tournaments a year due to the abundance of fish sailing and other copies as dorado, marlin and tuna.