We visited Casa Na Bolom, which was the home of archeologist Frans Blom and his wife, Gertrude Duby Blom, the documentary photographer, journalist, environmental pioneer, and jungle adventurer. Today, Casa Na Bolom operates as a hotel, museum, and research center run by Asociación Cultural Na Bolom, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Lacandon Maya and the preservation of the Chiapas rainforest.
In our hostel in San Cristobal we met Heather, who was bicycling her way north after working in Costa Rica. We naturally talked about where we had ridden and our future plans. She was planning on heading into the jungle, near Guatemala after an expat had told her about a spectacular route he had ridden twice.
Later that evening, we met Tomas at his house, where he was busy recording a Reggae band in his unfinished recording studio. During a break he detailed the route he had bicycled on a map, pointing out places to see, restaurants to stop at and even an abandoned Japanese research station that we had to visit.
So our plans changed again and we were joining with Heather. We thought we’d be in Campeche and the Yucatan Peninsula for Christmas, but serendipity intervened again.