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“Wonderful insight into a fascinating culture”

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 30 January 2016

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 of this couple to dedicate their lives preserving a group of people which are truly amazing. The estate also offers accommodation surrounded by a beautifully decorated garden with all kinds of plants. A documentary in English introduces the visitor to the Lacondones and offers a good base to understanding and following the exhibits. A gem and a amazing testimony!

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Reviewed 29 January 2016

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 an introduction, and then you are free to wander and discover. What makes this space even more interesting is that you can choose to stay here as well. There is a little noise from the road on one side, but I would think that the rooms in the main house would be quite - and then you get to see all of this wonderful work at your leisure.

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

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 fee will help the local communities continue living in their traditional way.

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Reviewed 27 January 2016

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.

Thank sergiorms
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Reviewed 26 January 2016

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 San Cristobal.

Thank ProfessorMTL
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