Photos - Colima, Colima, Mexico
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What better way to celebrate a year of cruising
than a road trip? After all, we had just spent
the last 365+ nights on the boat. We were
getting antsy for a land excursion that included
a hotel, hot  shower and bed. We decided on
Colima as it was easily accessible by bus and
far enough inland to satisfy our craving. Tim
and Paula of s/v Hooligan offered to look after
Sailsoon in the Barra Lagoon. We were set to
go.  We took Primera Plus Bus Line, going
second class to Manzanillo, changed buses and
then went on to Colima. The buses were clean
and comfortable. On the way back we took the
ETN Bus Line as a direct route. Now, this is
the way to travel. The buses are first class,
offering plenty of space and individual head
sets for the movie. Bus travel in Mexico is
cheap and highly recommended.
La Compana Archaeological Site - Colima  B.C. 900 thru A.D. 800
One of the beautiful downtown parks.
OK, I guess I'll try it.
That's disgusting !!!
What do I do now ma?
I recommend the mole negro chicken leg dinner.
Ah Que Nanishe! Resturant- Colima, Mexico
Our fun waiter Guiermo.
Chapulines (grasshopper) tasting sequence.
All smiles after a superb chicken mole dinner.
Ah Que Nanishe! dining area.
Grasshoppers ala carte.
La Compana Site
Since we were only going to be gone 1 night, we had to make the most  of our time. Hotel Hospedajes del Rey had
plenty of rooms and the price was right at $32.00. We plopped our search of a fine eatery.

We walked a lot! Several of the places mentioned in Lonely Planet had either moved or were no longer in business.
Finally, we decided to continue towards the outskirts of town for another recommendation.  Several hours later we
arrived at Ah Que Nanishe! (translates to "how delicious") that serves fantastic Oaxacan food covered in mole
sauces. They also serve their version of a grasshopper tacos.  We sampled the "chapulines" but opted for the mole
chicken, a pork dish with red sauce cooked in foil and some type of mushroom torte appetizer. The food and service
were very good.

The following morning we checked out of the hotel, had breakfast at Fonda Lupita and located a bus that would take
us to the La Compana Archaeological Site.  See photos and captions below for the detail. We were impressed by the
area that had been unearthed since 1947 since this was our first trip of this type. We were also glad we decided to
visit in the winter as the temps hovered in the high 80's and the humidity wasn't any lower. We spent a few hours  
exploring before heading back to Colima's central area.
What trip is complete without a final stop for an icy cold frappe? The small coffee shop would have gone unnoticed
expect for aroma of fine coffee and a sign that said "Frappes for 20 pesos". And they had a photo of what one could
expect. The photo did it no justice! This was the equivalent of 3 scoops of ice cream with a punch of coffee. It was
layered with chocolate sauce and topped off with whipped cream and a cherry. You had to eat it with a spoon, not
suck it through a straw. This was something that would have easily gone for 3 figures in the U.S. "name brand"
shops. We each had 2...shame on us...but we were hot and thirsty! We shared a wonderful bagel sandwich and a
salad. Julio kept the place ship-shape. The shop was clean and organized, his service quick, agreeable and pleasant.
You would have thought he was the owner; there was that much attention to detail. However, he said he was just a
staff member. The owner of  Subito Café Centrico is lucky to have such a good employee. He's bound to have
return patrons.

The day was coming to an end. One final stop at Refrigeracion y Basculas Ricsa (see B_Babble)needed to be made.  
Beyond that, it was time to find the correct bus stop to return to the main bus terminal and head back to Barra de
Navidad. We enjoyed the short stay in Colima. Bus schedules, numbers and pick up/drop off locations for in and
around the city would have been helpful. All the locals seemed to have them memorized and were glad to help.
However, since there are language barriers, a paper schedule would have been good.(for example: on the "corner"
doesn't necessarily mean the next "corner" or even a corner on this street) All bus routes cost 4 pesos (or U.S.
$.40)..a real bargain!
Eventually we made it to the main bus terminal in time to catch the ETN bus. We were able to recline in our luxury
seats complete with extended leg room area, leg rests and individual headphones to watch the movie, in English. The
trip, which took just under 3 hours, got us back to Barra  in time for the opening night ceremonies of Carnaval.
Basilica Menor Spanish cathedral. Since 1527.
He played us a nice tune.
Jardin Nunez park.
Julio, the best cafe frappe maker EVER! (we had
two each) Subito Cafe Centrico corner of Madero
+ Barreda
Downtown Colima.
Do we really need to wait for Halloween?
This is a look inside the tomb. Including the
human sacrifical remains in the
background. Yikes!
Entrance to the tomb.
The symbolic form of the rattlesnake carved in
stone.
The floor and walls of structures here had
clay coatings with motifs made from local
mineral and earthen pigments. Now lost to the
elements.
We just had to wonder what it would be like to
walk through here several thousand years ago.
Fuego just north of the site.