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“A little gem with great history”

Na Bolom Cultural Centre
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We had a tour in English here, which was fantastic. I can't remember our guides name but he was just great. I studied art history and my friend town planning and this was for sure one of the cultural highlights of our trip to Mexico. I loved the sculpture of Diego Riviera made by Frida Kahlo. So much information and real artifacts from the people of the region. Interesting stories and such a first hand look at a historical home. The Bloms were amazing people.

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We were there in the off season and it was kind of confusing because at first no one was there when we entered, then someone came and said we had to buy tickets at the other side of the road, when we did that and came back 2 minutes later, there was again no one at the reception... Finally someone came and we asked for the introductory video so the person went off again search for another guy who then started the video for us... Without speaking Spanish we would have been completely lost and probably would have left early. From the other reviews I gather that the support is usually better, maybe it was due to the rainy day and slow trickle of visitors. (Just when we left another couple arrived who were just as confused about the process... )

Anyway, the exhibition is interesting and next to learning something about the area's indigenous tribe, I found it fascinating to learn about the life of these two amazing explorers that created this culture center.

Thank around_the_GL0BE
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you're interested in the history of the area, this place can help. A true "Indiana Jones" type couple, Trudi & Franz Blom were mostly interested in the Lacandon tribe, which was the only tribe not conquered by the Spanish, and the rainforest. Huge hacienda, which they renovated, with a fascinating collection of photos and day-to-day objects. My group had a local guide which added to the experience.

Thank Ken A
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Small but nice and interesting museum of a foreign couple that lived and loved the Hucholes, the original people of Chiapas. It is located in part of an ancient Hacienda converted into hotel. There is a restaurant with tipic food, good for breafast or lunch, so plan your visit to take advantage of the three aspects: stay, eat and see.

Thank RAUL Y
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Having last visited Na Bolom in 2006, (having first seen it in the late 1980's when the grand dame, Trude Blom was still alive), it has clearly remained true to it's mission of preserving information about the present day Maya, especially those who preserve the old ways. Blom's book, Bearing Witness, sold at the Center, is a fantastic catalog of her connection with the Lacandon Maya of the jungle. Occasionally, one may see a member of this group, in the outskirts of San Cristobal or more likely in jungled areas. The center also rents out rooms and serves as a hub for scholars of the Maya. It is contained in a beautiful, amazingly well preserved colonial home, with period furniture. I highly recommend a visit if you are interested in Maya culture and visiting Chiapas.

Thank Perry B
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