Tuesday, August 31, 2010

San Cristobal Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

San Cristobal las Casas is a colonial town set in beautiful highland valley surrounded by pine forests. It has cobbled streets, incredible markets and a lovely gazebo in the zocalo, which is where I had my first cappuchino back in 1990. I LOVE San Cristobal! You will experience a rich indigenous culture as there are many Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages nearby.
Check out the Lonely Planet Mexico guide for lots of great info.
Some cool places to check out are Na Bolom http://www.nabolom.org/  I didn't get a chance to take Angel there, but I did visit back in 1990 and was fortunate to meet Gertrude Duby-Blom (Trudy Blom 1901-1993) and was able to explore the home. Trudy was married to Danish Archaeologist Frans Blom (1893-1963).  Trudy Blom studied & documented the lives of the Lacandon people in Eastern Chiapas thru photographs and fought to protect them, while her husband explored and surveyed the Mayan Ruins in Chiapas such as Palenque, Tonina & Chinkuitic. When her husband passed away Trudy started a museum and research center. Nabolom means "Jaguar House" in Tzotzil language.