Isolated Guanay makes a good base for visits to the gold-mining operations along the Ríos Mapiri and Tipuani. If you can excuse the utter rape of the landscape for the sake of gold, chatting with the down-to-earth miners and barranquilleros (panners) can make for a particularly interesting experience. This area and points upriver are frontier territory that may be reminiscent of the USA’s legendary Old West. Gold is legal tender in shops and saloons, and the foundations of the local culture appear to be gambling, prostitutes and large hunks of beef.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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