The Endangered Rio Marañon
Before we get into The Narrows, a word about the endangered Rio Marañon. “The Big Money” of South America and parts of the world want to dam this amazing river, the primary source of the Rio Amazonas. Not just one but many. This post and those to come are my effort to bring awareness to the problem. It’s not easy to overcome the power of “Big Money” especially in a country such as Peru. Now one of the river’s guardians has been murdered for his stance against the damming of the Rio Marañon. News article quote “Hitler Ananias Rojas Gonzales (34 years) was killed in the village Yagen district of Cortegana, Cajamarca region, Peru, on Monday, December 28, 2015. Rojas was a recognized defender of the Rio Marañon and opposition to the construction of the dam Chadin II Brazilian company Odebrecht”.
What can you do? You can share this post to get the word out. You can go see this amazing river, SierraRios will assist you with that. You can support Paddling With Purpose, which believes the communities and ecosystems of the upper Amazon are too important to lose. Perhaps a contribution to Cool Earth, a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rain forest destruction. You can find a way!
The Yesorica Narrows of the Rio Marañon came shortly after breakfast on Day 2 of our 28 day rafting adventure.
Our first day on the Rio Marañon was a wet one with intermittent rain showers throughout the evening and night. The inclement weather continued the next morning for our running of the Yesojirca Narrows.
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Our day one camp on the Rio Marañon.
Karl and Pedro in the 16 foot cataraft were the first to run the Yesojirca Narrows and found out that the low water conditions, approximately 1,500 cfs, had exposed some razor sharp fluted limestone. It was here that the right rear tube was cut.
After all the rafts are safely through the Yesojirca Narrows, I hike upstream to capture some images. A good 40 feet above the present water level I find evidence of the high water flows, plastic trash.
While readying ourselves for our run, Luis, Marian and myself spotted a Neotropical River Otter on the far shore. The only species of otter to live in the Andes. Note the high water trash in the vegetation.
Now that Karl’s cataraft has been repaired and all four rafts are through the SQUEEZE, it was lunch time. We had a small fire tucked in the rocks for warming and to facilitate the drying of our clothes. It looked like the weather was going to improve.
Go Pro video of my run through the Yesojirca Narrows.
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