I returned last Thursday from a nine-day trip on the Usumacinta, from Frontera Corozal to Boca del Cerro. This is the stretch that is most threatened by any dam plans. And it is a trip that many have considered dangerous. Several river tour operators have stopped taking clients on this part of the river, although it has been over 6 years since the last incidents there.
I joined a group of experienced whitewater enthusiasts who had been considering this trip for many years. Several of them were doctors and nurses, some with jungle experience. Our guides had not been on the river in 12 years, but had taken a group on a scouting trip the week before our expedition.
The trip was spectacular, with perfect weather and a nearly full moon on most nights. No problems, no incidents, everyone we met was friendly and curious. We bought food and supplies from folks along the river, camped on sandy beaches and explored Yaxchilan and Piedras Negras.
My thanks to all on the trip who took the opportunity (and the risk, as many folks were happy to tell us) in order to witness and celebrate the Usumacinta.Posted by Dave at March 24, 2003 01:08 PM