The Na Balom Museum is a must see. A European couple explored this region and mapped the area in the 1930’s. They especially loved the Lacandon natives and collected photos and artifacts of their culture.
In the courtyard of the museum/hotel were a few native women selling their crafts. The traditional dress of women is a long skirt made of black sheep skin with a shiny satin blouse that is pleated at the bottom and tied in the middle with a wide belt. I could not resist and bought several woolen bags. Matt got us each a bright colored bracelet which you see Maria tying on his wrist.
From there we walked to the public produce and meat market. Fresh tortillas hot off the grill, all imaginable parts of a cow and every fruit and vegetable imaginable. I did purchase an apron like all the women were wearing but needed to assure the vendor that I truly love to cook and it would be well used.
And finally, a rooster with a lollipop advertised a candy store on the corner.
Lunch was a lovely Italian restaurant with these grilled vegetables from the owners garden: eggplant, zucchini, carrots, caramelized red onions and fresh tomatoes. A lovely red Italian wine accompanied the meal and was topped off by a taste of Pox, a liquor made from corn. The label said it contained 38% alcohol but the restaurant owner said he had tested it at over 50%. The bottlers need to pay more tax for higher alcohol content, hence the label, and it really packed a punch!