Birding Comala

Welcome to Comala, Pueblo Magico! Comala, known for its botanas, pan dulce, ponche', white buildings with red tile roofs, stunning view of Volcan de Colima, and wonderful ambience is one of Mexico's Pueblos Magicos - small cities noteworthy for their charm and character.

Manantlan Biosphere/El Terrero

Perched at over 7,000 feet in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains is the rustic mountain town of El Terrero. It is in the heart of the Manantlan Biosphere Reserve, designated as a special conservaton area due to the birdiversity of both its plant and animal communities.

Boca de Pascuales

Another beach birding option is Pascuales, a pleasant row of palapa restaurants and small hotels facing the beach and within walking distance of the estuary formed by the mouth of the Rio Armeria.

El Paraiso

This newly available birding option, a three hour boat ride that begins by winding through a mangrove-lined canal and soon opens up into large estuaries that teem with birds, can be arranged through Miguel at Hostel Casa Blanca, and is located at the rustic beach town of El Paraiso, about one hour from Comala.

Half-day Trips

These trips are all easily done in a morning of birding. Start early and you will be back in time to enjoy the botanas for the rest of the day.

Laguna La Maria

Laguna La Maria

This famed birding spot about 25 k north of Comala features a beautiful wooded lake, towering trees, and trails through shade-grown coffee as well as picnic tables and playgrounds.

La Caja Road

La Caja Road

The road to La Caja is part of the loop called La Ruta del Cafe (the coffee route) and continues on to El Remate, El Remudadero, Los Colomos, and Confradia de Suchitlan.

Agua Dulce/Agua Fria

Agua Dulce/Agua Fria

Two productive stops on the road to Minatitlan and not too far outside of Colima are the roads to Agua Fria, with its crystal clear stream, and Agua Dulce, a small town off the traveled road.

Nogueres Road

Nogueres Road

Walking the mile to Nogueras from Comala, you will often be rewarded with good birding amid huge, spreading fig, parota, and tamarind trees that shade the coffee underneath.

La Manzanilla

La Manzanilla is one of those places you wished you had discovered before it was discovered. Picture yourself hacking through the jungle and coming upon the gloriously beautiful and serene beach overlooked by forested mountains, and staking your claim to a piece of it.

Volcan Nieve

One of Mexico's premier birding locations is Volcan de Nieve, the "Snow" Volcano. A decent rock road winds up through various habitats until reaching 12,300 feet.

Overnight at El Terrero

El Terrero is also an overnight option (see half-day trips). Rustic but appealing cabins set in the second growth woodland are available at a reasonable price. Plan for a chilly morning.

Birds of Hostal Casa Blanca

This list was developed during a month-long stay at the Hostal Casa Blanca in February 2012. It is not meant to be all-inclusive since species such as Green Kingfisher and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were seen within a two block area. It should give the visiting birder, however, an idea of the possibilties. All of these birds were observed from the balcony just outside my room. If you are a birder, you can't go wrong staying here!

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Get in touch

If you have a question about birding around Comala ot the area in general, please use the form below to get in touch. Someone will respond within a few days. To contact Hostal Casa Blanca, we have provided you with various mechanisms to do so. Reservations may be made through their website.