A “Pueblo Mágico” is a place where history and culture meet charm and ambience, where the spirit of Mexico and the warmth of its people is found in abundance. Comala is proud to have become a Pueblo Magico in 2002 and was especially proud to be recognized as Mexico’s Pueblo Magico Numero Uno in 2012! Come and experience its unique magic! What To Do and See In Comala
What to recommend is difficult for your first stop in Comala: sumptuous hors d' oeuvres delivered by the plateful with your beverages at one of the botanas, checking out the Centro Jardin with its shops featuring local crafts and the area’s fine shade-grown coffee, or maybe a walk along the cobblestone streets past the white adobe buildings with their red tile roofs to sample the local ponche from the myriad producers. And if you arrive a little later in the day, head up to the jardin and the little stand with tamales or baskets heaped with Comala’s famous pan dulce and while you’re there don’t forget the warm romantic strolls beneath towering palms and luxurious trees and shrubs. Comala offers you both a place to explore and a time to relax.
No trip to Comala is complete without a visit to Hacienda Nogueras with its museum, hacienda, and beautiful eco-park with its cascading bougainvillea and flowers and trees from around Mexico. From Hostal Casa Blanca it’s a pleasant one mile walk along a cobblestone road shaded by mammoth parota, ficus, tamarind, and coconut palm trees, some with coffee trees underneath, or you can catch the little bus that travels between Comala and Nogueras every half hour or so. At the Hacienda de Nogueras, the site of a former sugar mill owned by his family, Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo created a stylized art form that was featured on UNESCO Christmas cards that depicted Christmas through the ages, the most popular issue up to that time. Having learned iron and woodwork from his father, he included similar designs in his brightly stenciled furniture and applied his distinctive designs to wrought iron. His second love was the prehistory of the area, especially the figurines recovered from the shaft tombs constructed a thousand or more years ago and dot the region: people, vases, animals, and the famous Colima dogs. In his quest to keep the treasures here in Mexico and Comala instead of lost to international collectors, he had the local people bring their finds to him, to await their new home in a fine museum at the hacienda. When the sugar market collapsed and the mill closed, Rangel devoted himself to finding opportunity for the workers, many in producing his furniture, ironwork, and painting. He also built a local school and taught hygiene and health to his townspeople. Although he died in 2000, a smaller cadre of craftsmen and women continue to produce high quality work – obras Rangelianas - at the Coopetativo Puebla Blanco Rangel, founded with the help of the government and his family.
To visit the Coopertativa Puebla Blanco from Hostal Casa Blanca, simply return through Comala towards Colima A short ways past the bridge and the Don Comalon botana, watch on the right for Cooperative. Feel free to walk through the workrooms to see projects underway. Just past the cooperative is the Jardin Escultorico Juan Soriano sculpture garden with works from sculptors around the world. Just walking the streets of Comala will take you past its array of shops, markets, tradesmen, and beautiful homes hidden behind the adobe walls.