Day 25: Dinner at Na Bolom
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Back in San Cristóbal we booked a few more tours for later this week. On Monday we'll travel to the ruins of Palenque, and after that we will head into the jungle on the Guatemalan border for a couple of days. After our jungle experience in Bolivia three years ago we wanted nothing more than a similar tour.
In the evening we had dinner in the Na Bolom museum. This is a museum, situated in the old mansion of Gertrude Duby-Blom (a Swiss photographer) and her husband Frans Blom (Danish archaeologist and anthropologist).
Frans Blom was the discoverer of the last original Mayan tribe, the Lancondón, which lives deep in the jungle and had never been bothered by Spanish or Mexican missionaries, so they were able to continue to live entirely according to their own ancient traditions.
The couple started a foundation for volunteers who help teaching the Landondón and Mayan people in general. At the same time it has become some sort of cultural institute for artists from across the globe. They stayed in their huge hacienda at the border of town (where we had dinner) and amongst their guests in the past were Rivero Diego and Frida Kahlo, François Mitterand and former minister of American foreign affairs Baker.
Every night they serve a meal for guests who are staying in the hacienda (volunteers, artists and hotel guests), completed with tourists, like us.
The evening started with a short tour around the hacienda, and especially the gardens, which were filled with interesting pieces of art and some stunning flora.
Dinner was really nice, and delicious too. Tonight's group was fairly small, only 15 people, but it was a very nice mixed company: English, Australian, German and a couple of Indian Americans.