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Colima Volcano Special

- 5 days expedition to observe and photograph Colima volcano, Mexico -

Colima eruption during our latest tour (Jan 2016)
Colima eruption during our latest tour (Jan 2016)
Eruption of Colima volcano (Mexico)
Eruption of Colima volcano (Mexico)
View of Colima stratovolcano
View of Colima stratovolcano
Incandescent avalanches in July 2015
Incandescent avalanches in July 2015
Vew of Colima reflected in lake
Vew of Colima reflected in lake
Square in picturesque Comala town
Square in picturesque Comala town
Night-time eruption of Colima
Night-time eruption of Colima
Ash column of an explosion at Colima
Ash column of an explosion at Colima
Making corn tortillas
Making corn tortillas
Night-time reflection on lake
Night-time reflection on lake
Church in Comala
Church in Comala
Agave and the volcano in the evening light
Agave and the volcano in the evening light
New tour: 29 Jan - 2 Feb 2017
At the moment, Colima is particularly active with very violent vulcanian explosions!

Colima in western Mexico is one of the most beautiful and most active volcanoes in the world. Apart from highly interesting volcanic features to admire, it has been in near constant eruptive activity for decades.
There are often lava flows, strombolian and vulcanian explosions to observe. We regularly offer this Volcano Special Tour, both at announced group tour dates, or - on request - at custom dates for small groups or individuals. These tours are perfect occasions to learn and improve on volcano photography!
This expedition invites you to join us to observe the volcano during 4 full days from various viewpoints day and night, in a comfortable setting - we will be staying the whole time in the lush forested area at the slopes of the volcano only about 7 km from the summit with stunning views already from our accommodation.
Insights into geologic and volcanological processes, explanations of outcrops and volcanic land forms, but also tips for volcano photography are provided by the accompanying volcanologist (Tom Pfeiffer).
  • spectacular eruptions of Colima volcano
  • geologist / volcanologist guide
  • amazing photo opportunities
  • options for scenic charter flights around the volcano
  • adventure

Colima Volcano Expedition

Day 1: Arrival in Colima
Arrival and pick-up from the airport of Colima (CLQ airport code). Drive to our cabin / hotel near the volcano.
Acc.: cabin / hotel near volcano (L)
Day 2-4: 3 full days at and around Colima
3 full days and nights for observations at Colima and excursions in the area. Option for scenic charter flights (comparably inexpensive!).
Acc.: as before (bungalows near Colima) (B, L)
Day 5: Departure
Transfer to Colima airport, flight back to Mexico, departure
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: MEX_CLQ
Tour type: Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - photography - geology & volcanism
Difficulty: Easy
Group size: 2-4
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights


Custom and group dates
on request on custom dates

Price (p.p.): 1750 €  ? 


  • 4 nights in bungalows near Colima or equivalent
  • transfers in Colima area with minibus / car with driver
  • full board incl drinks (meals in cabin are prepared by group)
  • local guide
  • experienced VolcanoDiscovery accompanying geologist

Tour guide:

Normally, volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer accompanies this tour. Tom has been traveling to volcanoes and documenting volcanic activity for over 20 years. His science background includes a PhD thesis about Santorini and Vesuvius volcano and he has worked at the Hawai'i and Vesuvius volcano observatories before founding VolcanoDiscovery in 2004 and the new brand Volcano-Adventures in 2015.
Tom speaks German, English, Italian, French, Greek and Danish fluently as well as some Spanish where needed.
Volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer on Santorini

Arrival info:

The tour starts normally in Colima (CLQ airport); typically, you fly to Mexico City and from there on to Colima with Aeromexico. Transfers from and to Guadalajara airport can be arranged in some cases (request).

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