FOLLOW THE EXPEDITION
At Calacoto the River Desaguadero is joined by its biggest tributary, the MAURI. This was important to us because we reckoned it would bring in more water and enable our fleet to move more easily. But in fact although it was a broad river it was very low. This setback caused Col John Blashford-Snell to make a big decision: portaging three boats in lorries was expensive and time consuming so we would leave two balsas at Calacoto under guard and carry on with just one accompanied by the Avon inflatable safety boat. Our journey south is continuing from the International Bridge to a mining town called Eucalyptus.
The Safety Boat Leading Patchcota
Jim Allen, Capt. Toby Marriner and their party are now on their way south to survey the mysterious canal linked with the Lost City of Atlantis. Results of their findings will be published as soon as we have them ourselves.
How The Boats Might Have Been Used