Thursday, October 30, 2008

Adventures with Alex - Part 3

We took a full day trip with friends Stan and MJ to Comala while Alex was here. We thought it would be good for him to experience another part of this great state. Before we arrived in Comala, we went to the La Hacienda de Nogueras which is a restored hacienda just outside of Colima city. It houses an amazing eco-park along with a museum. This hacienda was purchased and remodeled by famous artist Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo. In the museum, there are amazing pre-hispanic pottery pieces dating from 500 years B.C. to 600 A.D. THe museum also features many of Hidalgo's early paintings. They ask for a small donation of 20 pesos per person to enter.

The eco-park was a nice surprise and we saw some beautiful flowers, many varieties of cactus, turtles, birds, etc.

Here is Alex amongst the bamboo. I have never seen bamboo this large.

Next, we went to the small town of Comala. The town is famous for it's cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings and views of the volcanos. The town is also famous for it's "botaneros" which surround the central plaza. These are pubs where people go to have a drink and receive free "botanas" (snacks), usually with live mariachi music. There are typically many different mariachi bands competing to play their songs. Songs typically cost around $5USD.


MJ, Alex and Stan in one of the botaneros. The food was fantastic and we tried ceviche, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and guacamole to name a few.

We had a few different mariachi bands play for us.


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New Beginnings said...

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