GETTING THERE: Colima is in western Mexico, about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Guadalajara. America West, Northwest and Continental, among others, fly from Washington to Guadalajara, with connections, for about $650 round trip, with restrictions. Or you can fly into Mexico City and take a connecting flight to Colima. United, with an Aeromexico connection, for example, flies that route for about $735 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY: Mahakua-Hacienda de San Antonio (Municipio de Comala, Colima, 888-802-9127, www.aman is near the town of Comala, about 18 miles from Colima City, the capital of Colima state. Suites cost $900, double -- or $1,600 for one of three grand suites -- and have vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and terraces or balconies. Prices include transfers, meals, drinks and resort activities, such as vulcanologist-guided walks, horseback riding and mountain biking.

For those on a budget, there are some good hotel options in Colima City:

* Hotel Ceballos (Portal Medellin 12, on the main square, 011-52-312-312 -4444) has 63 rooms, most with air conditioning. Rooms run from about $65 for a standard room to $110 per night for a suite, single or double.

* Hotel America (Moreles 162, near the main square, 011-52-312-312- 7488) has 75 rooms with TVs, air conditioning and telephones. Amenities include a pool, restaurant and laundry. Rooms cost about $55 to $85, double.

WHERE TO EAT: Ah Que Nanishe (5 de Mayo 267) specializes in dishes from Oaxaca state, including mole. El Charco de la Higuera (on Madero, six blocks west of the Jardin de Libertad) serves good breakfast in an attractive setting. Fonda San Miguel (129 Ave. 27 de Septiembre) is a popular spot for regional food. Crotos Grill (Calzado Pedro A. Galvan 207) draws the locals.

INFORMATION: Mexico Tourism Board, 800-44-MEXICO (800-446-3942), www.visitmex; Colima State Government Tourism Ministry, 011-52-312-312-4360, www.visita

-- Kevin Sullivan