Colima Horse Show & City Tours
Colima is a colonial city that is capital of the state of the same name. It has a population of 125,000 people (data 2005), and was founded on the slopes of the two volcanoes – Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of fire) and the Nevado de Colima (Snow covered mountain of Colima) in July 1523.
Today the city is a mixture of the colonial centre with more modern outskirts, nearby there are 2 archaeological sites and many small villages offering fine dining, camping, traditional crafts and the extremely popular and well known coffee plantations located on the slopes of the volcanoes.
Colima Horse Parade Tour
6th – 8th Feb 2020 – FULL
For this trip, we visit Colima and some of its surrounding areas at the beginning of the famous Fiestas Charrotaurinas de Villa de Alvarez, now entering their 164th year of celebrations. Our visit coincides with the Cabalgata Nocturna, a night-time horse parade which marks the start of the festivities. You will get the chance to witness around 2,000 horses from all over the region, parade through the heart of Colima’s colonial downtown, all from the comfort of reserved seating in front of our hotel – The Best Western Ceballos.
We visit the infamous Petatera – a handmade bullring which is considered to be the world’s largest handicraft, as well as the magic town of Comala, famous for its sweet breads and fruit punches.
We then take you to Suchitlán, home to both Gorgonio the mask carver and numerous coffee plantations, as well as the Ex-Hacienda de Nogueras, now home to a beautiful botanical gardens and museum. Finally, and not to be missed, we pay a visit to the Ron El Classico factory, which produces local, high quality, organic rum. You’ll even get the opportunity to learn how to make the perfect mojito before drinking it!
Overnight Colima Tour
22nd – 23rd Jan & 11th – 12th Mar 2020
Join us on an overnight tour to explore some of the wonders of the Colima area at a relaxed pace. Colonial Colima and its surroundings are popular weekend destinations for people from further inland and the coast alike. We aim to show you a few of the gems that are located in the area, located just over 2 hours away from Melaque and Barra de Navidad, yet at an altitude that makes the air less humid and thanks to the twin volcanoes a little bit cooler than on the coast.
Your two-day tour starts with a visit to see how the coffee plantations on the slopes of the volcanoes produce their wonderful coffee. We then visit the magic town of Comala to see how the famous fruit punches (alcoholic) and sweet breads are made using locally grown and produced ingredients. This is followed by lunch in the famous botaneros, where you can order drinks and are served food, whilst listening to mariachis performing. We then return to Colima centre and enjoy a walking tour of the downtown area.
On the day 2, after breakfast, we head out to the archaeological site of La Campana to learn about the area’s pre-hispanic cultures. We then head to the hills and the small town of Chiapa for a chance to meet a local chocolate maker and learn about how he produces his delicious drinking and snacking chocolate. We round off our journey by visiting La Colimita for a tour, tasting, and lunch at one of the best beers producers in the growing Mexican craft beer industry.