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 before meeting the road between Comala and La Maria. This 19 mile route starts out on Constitucion Street in Comala and winds through rich farm land that produces a variety of crops, pasture and overgrown pasture, and dark woodlands that shade the coffee underneath. The traffic is usually light but unfortunately a major project that has improved the road's surface has also eliminated many of the easy pull-outs it featured before. . Raptors such as Gray Hawk and Laughing Falcon may be seen along this road as well as a variety of flycatchers, sparrows, and buntings.
Set your odometer at zero in Comala. You will come to La Caja at mile five. The El Mirador restaurant two miles past La Caja provides an interesting and tasty lunch stop. Order fish, and an employee goes to the ponds with a cast net for some tilapia. They are cleaned, deep fried, and served along with tostadas, tortillas, salsa and, if you wish, a cold beer or other beverage. Between mile 10 and 10.5, check the overgrown pasture on your right for the attractive and endemic Black-chested Sparrow - on the left is the deep Rio Armeria canyon.
Another interesting stop is the calla lily farm in Confradia de Suchitlan. Follow the main road through town. One block after the last sharp right turn left just before the Los Volcanoes/Blue Cross auto parts/hardward/ grocery store and go down the one way street to the end. On the right is the calla lily farm. Stop in and have one of the kids wade out and cut you a dozen or two, checking for birds while you are there. Returning to the main road will take you back to the Comala/La Maria Road - go right to Comala. If you are going back to Comala, a left turn will take you past the interesting town of Suchitlan. Turn left into town and look around for the famous masks from here, or stop in the beautiful (but from the outside unpretentious) Las Portalles restaurant on the square for lunch or a beverage and a look at their extensive mask collection.