The long head drape, the broad yoked collar, and the sloping expanse of white skirt - each bordered with red poinsettia - seem to mimic the shape of one of this small coastal state's main attractions.
The Colima Volcano is the state's highest peak. It straddles the boundary between Colima and Jalisco, emanating an impressive plume of smoke. In April of 2005, the Colima Volcano suddenly came to life, sending a dark cloud of ash a mile into the air.
Beneath this dramatic and explosive peak, Colima's mountain terrain yields coffee beans of excellent quality.
With limited irrigation, most cultivation is seasonal, producing corn, beans, rice, jicama, lemon, banana, sweet potato, sugar cane, mango, guava, watermelon, coconut and avocado.
The state's economy also relies on fresh water and deep-sea fishing, honey production, livestock breeding, and salt extraction from the saltwater lagoons.
Colima's 157 kilometers of coastline also attract tourists. Manzanillo and Santiago bays, along with inlets and fresh water lagoons, enhance the straight, sandy beach that runs from El Coco Beach up to the Naranjo River.
Part of Colima, the Revillagigedo Archipelago is a series of Pacific islands some 650 kilometer (310 hours of navigation!) from Manzanillo. Because of the distance from the mainland, this territory is administered by the Mexican federal government and includes islands with active volcanoes, islands inhabited only by birds, and islands with more than 50 species of cacti.
Did you know...?
According to tradition, a warrior named Coliman governed the area many years ago. A brave leader, he organized regional inhabitants to defend their land against the Conquistadors. The word Coliman is made up of two Náhuatl words: colli, which means "hill, volcano, or grandfather" and maitl, which means "place, domain or government". So together, these words mean "the fire god's, or old god's domain".