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Introducing Inland Colima State

The tiny but ecologically rich and diverse state of Colima (5191 sq km) connects lofty volcanoes in its arid northern highlands to idyllic turquoise lagoons near the hot and humid Pacific coast. This section deals with the state’s inland area; the narrow coastal plain is covered in the Central Pacific Coast chapter.

Inland Colima should become Mexico’s next great adventure hub. The famous volcanoes in the north – the active, constantly steaming but inaccessible Volcán de Fuego (3820m) and the extinct, snowcapped Volcán Nevado de Colima (4240m) – remain the big draws, but the Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra de Manantlán is a jungle-and-limestone playground in waiting, with single-track mountain biking, exceptional hiking and canyons that see a few canyoneers abseiling, leaping into crystalline streams and bathing in the magical El Salto Falls. Tourism infrastructure hasn’t caught up to the area’s potential yet, so those who like virgin territory should come now.