27 June 2011


This is the small trail our boat made in the river of trash that, in some parts, is Rio Negro. People in other towns down the river use the water as their personal dump and all the trash floats down to the stagnant water in front of the mountain where we stayed. Not only is the trash thick, but it is so deep that the boats often can't make it through. We had to pull together a team of about six or seven men to sweep the trash out of the way with long, thick branches used as oars. It was truly eye-opening to see what littering can do to a civilization like that of the Achi' at Rio Negro.

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