It has been a busy day! When we woke up this morning in San Cristobal de las Casas the rain had stopped and there were even patches of sun. We walked toward the center of town and found coffee and breakfast. Then we headed towards where we had left the car nine days ago. After a bit we got a collectivo going in the right direction. When we recognized our corner we got out and retrieved the car from the place that kept it for us. It was great to be on the road again in our trusty own car!
We drove to our hotel, checked out and then walked to Na Bolum. It is a museum and research center that was the home of Swiss anthropologist Trudy Blom and her Danish Archaeologist husband. In the 50s and 60s they fought to protect the local people and environment and explore and survey ancient Mayan sites. The pictures and artifacts were fascinating.
On the way back to the car we stopped at a chocolate store and had yummy hot chocolate.
Then we were on the road retracing our steps toward home. Tuxtla Gutiérrez is just 50 miles west of San Cristobal de las Casas but it is 4600 feet lower. The temperature is warmer, and it feels more modern. In San Cristobal de las Casas there were lots of indigenous women in traditional dress in Tuxtla Gutiérrez we saw none.
We have been here before and did almost the same thing. We went to the marimba museum then watched the marimba music in the square. There were a lot of people mostly our age or older dancing. After about an hour we sat in a restaurant overlooking the square, had a great dinner and listened to the marimba players some more.
It was raining a bit as we walked back to our hotel but when it is warm it makes a big difference.