I was about to half jokingly recommend the Putul-Copon-Chixoy run [ mayanwhitewater.com Copon ] to Mocha on the '' best 4-7 day self support kayak " thread , when i came across this;
Without theses issues this would indeed be a top notch 4+ multiday. Damn dams ,usually unnecessary anyway, already ruined the Macal, Belize's best ww river,[ there are still good parts you can run ,but longer runs are disrupted ]. My Guat. bucket list has a few runs marked politically sensitive [ Sauce, San Pedro, Gracias a Dios ] that now worry me a little more.
What is really sad is that these villagers are generally very nice. They have been pushed as far as they can go by the encroachment of modernity and the quest to exploit their resources. They have always gotten the short end of the stick in their interactions with non indigenas ,so they are naturally wary and distrustful of outsider's motives.
An incident occurred in So. Belize ,where normally extremely friendly Mayan villagers [living in self imposed exile from Guatemalan violence /US funded right wing death squads ] in remote villages,were unable to solve a case of missing children. They enlisted a psychic / charlatan to help find the kids . The psychic told them that some Americans [ from Aspen] who ran a crocodile rescue sanctuary near there ,had fed their kids to the crocs. Angry villagers attacked and burned the croc sanctuary and the American's home and killed most of the crocs. The Aspenites may have been killed if they were there not up on Ambergris Caye.
Anyway we are inadvertently butting heads with indigenous peoples even when we support the conservation of their lands or simply try to recreate. They don't relate to our activities and basically don't trust us. Why should they based on history?