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Na Bolom Cultural Centre

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Address: Vicente Guerrero 33 | Barrio El Cerrillo, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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The former home of Frans and Trudy Blom, a Danish couple that worked to...

The former home of Frans and Trudy Blom, a Danish couple that worked to save the region's forests and native inhabitants, is now the headquarters of a foundation dedicated to continuing their work and also includes a museum.

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Wonderful insight into a fascinating culture

This beautiful 'House of Jaguar' is a unique experience to learn about the Lacandones-the True People people, who got spared from the intrusion of foreigners trying to destroy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Tehachapi, California
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Tehachapi, California
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful 'House of Jaguar' is a unique experience to learn about the Lacandones-the True People people, who got spared from the intrusion of foreigners trying to destroy their culture. Filled with impressive photos and memorabilia of Franz and Gertrude Blom, it gives you a sensitive insight of this indigenous culture. It is admirable to see the efforts and passion... More 

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Golant
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked a little away from the main streets, this beautiful building hides a real gem. We were totally ignorant of the history of the Lacondon people and of the amazing couple who dedicated their life's work to understanding and preserving this special culture. The displays are fascinating - there is a 15 min video (mainly in English) by way of... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hacienda was rebuilt by a Swiss-Danish couple of Chiapas lovers who investigated and photographed the inhabitants and the cultural treasures of this city and its surrounding jungles. There is a hotel, exhibition centre, handcrafts exhibition and many photographs and archaeological items collected by Mr.and Mrs.Blom. Your contribution when buying any of the varied objects for sale and the entrance... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful museum with a great history of its owners, to really appreciate the museum you have to know how it was created, and that is the most interesting part, well worth the visit.

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Montreal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aging displays and photographs in a beautiful setting. The introductory video to the visit is very instructive and relates the history of the famous couple (Frans Blom and Gertrude Dube) who met in the Chiapas jungle during their respective investigations and defended the rights of the Lacadon people. The Na Bolom Cultural Center is housed in their former house in... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Na Bolom (House of the Jaguar) was originally the home of Frans and Gertrude Blom who did much to support the indigenous groups living in Chiapas. Gertrude Blom was particularly close to the Lacandon living in the area. The hacienda has beautiful gardens, lovely guest rooms, and excellent food. The only downside is that it's not especially centrally located, but,... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even without a tour you will be impressed by this beautiful home, now a cultural haven and museum. Dedicated to Mayan culture and particularly to Lacandon people this is well worth a visit.

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Sunnyvale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent video explains the very interesting story of the founders, of the Lacandonan Indians and restoration of forests. Pretty gardens, interesting displays.

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Halstead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an exceptional place. Na Bolom is a beautiful building filled with unusual exhibits and marvelous photographs. It is an authentic, completely unstaged experience. The little garden cafe is delightful. The rooms are attractive and spacious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Na Bolom was the perfect finish for our trip after visiting the Lacandona Jungle and the archeological sites. The house is very comfortable, the staff is great, and there are many interesting things to see and experience during your stay. Probably the most Chiapanecan experience in San Cristobal. Can't miss out!

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