The wonderful village of Comala, Mexico, about 10 miles (16 kms) outside of Colima, lies in the shadow of the smoking Colima Volcano and is home to two very unique drinking traditions: cold beers and hot snacks in the bars under the portales around the town’s central square and leche caliente, a morning tradition involving spiked hot milk fresh out of the cow. Of course we tried both.
Cold beers in Comala
In the afternoon we enjoyed one of the bars around the town square in Comala noted for their endless tasty tapas that come free with (pricey) drinks. There we met Raphael and his siblings who were visiting their hometown from the US where they now live.
Our new friends insisted that we HAD to experience leche caliente with them early the following morning and it all sounded too good to pass up so we crashed on their mother’s floor that night.
Early the next morning our new friends took us for leche caliente as promised. At dawn we drove to a small nearby dairy farm armed with the necessary ingredients: plastic cups, alcohol (clearly only the most generic kind will do), and a mix of ground up chocolate and sugar.
Only one thing was missing…
Making leche caliente in Comala
First you put a few spoonfulls of the ground chocolate and sugar mixture in the bottom of your cup then you fill it up with fresh milk straight from the cow. This was the first time we’d ever had unpasturized milk straight from the cow (though it’s common in Mexico). Then you add a splash (or more) of the alcohol and you’ve got leche caliente, breakfast of champions!
Hiking in Nevado de Colima National Park
The next day we drove to Nevado de Colima National Park and climbed to over 12,200 feet (3.650 meters) to the top which afforded this view of the nearby, very active Colima Volcano.
From there we drove more than three hours down to the coast, descending over 12,000 feet which is the biggest one day drop in elevation we’ve ever had.
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