What to Do
Guided by a Botopasi local, we took a boat downriver from Botopasi to a village just north of Pikin Slee. On the half-day tour, we walked through 3 villages and ended at Botopasi. Marooners are known for their woodcarving skills, examples of which can be seen on many of the homes. We visited a school, saw women chopping wood and making oil from scratch. We visited the new Maroon museum in Pikin Slee--look for the wooden furniture out front--and walked through the rainforest, sometimes walking over bridges made entirely of one wooden log. Impressive! Though our tour guide gave no real commentary, you feel lucky to see a part of the world so few will ever visit.
Where to Stay
Across The River
What little information was out there led us to Hotel Botopasi, a hotel adjacent to the town of Botopasi, which is about 2-3 hrs upriver from Atjoni. There is a main building where some guests stay with an upstairs dining area. The hotel offers private cabanas but these are limited. A walking tour of surrounding villages was arranged through the hotel though no specific tours are offered. Expect to pay USD$50/person for a private with all meals included. It's not the cheapest place, but we didn't find out about less expensive options until after we left. See http://bit.ly/mHxMHn for a list of various camps, resorts and hotels along the river.