How to live in the highland city of the world
• How to live in the highland city of the world
La Rinconada is considered the highest cities in the world. The living conditions here are very cruel. However, the settlement, among other things, is a real gold mine, is not regulated by any government. At an altitude of 4876 meters boils constant production: 50 000 people work day and night, hoping to get rich.
La Rinconada is one of the isolation of communities in the world.
The village was built on the prodigious height of several kilometers and lies in the shadow of Bella Durmiente - Glacier "Sleeping Beauty."
To get to town, you can only overcome the dangerous road. This mountain trail covered with slippery grass, stones, mud - and, of course, the treacherous icing.
Tourists do not often get to La Rinconada. There is absolutely no infrastructure, and government officials appear only once every few years.
At such a high altitude many have trouble breathing. Residents of La Rinconada to it have become accustomed, but tourists often fall into a swoon.
There are poor but honest. The city's economy is based on non-regulated government gold mines in abundance occurring even within the township.
In the period from 2001 to 2009 the price of gold has increased by 235%. The city came new people and now its population fluctuates at a mark of 50 000 people.
Most of the population is optimistic Peruvians, each of whom wants to get rich in the goldfields. Traditional salary is not here: all workers can claim a part of the extracted gold in the mine.
Gold mining was carried out in the Andes for centuries. People from La Rinconada daily for mine filled with hazardous gases, vapors of mercury and cyanide - the lack of oxygen is considered unworthy to discuss the topic.
Women in the mines do not allow. Instead, they serve as part-time workers. This, for example, manufactures metal fasteners for the ceiling of the mine.
Initially, one small mine was built here. Its founders could not foresee such an influx of people - that's the reason that in the city there is no hospital or other necessary infrastructure for a normal life.
In the city there is no running water, and the construction of the sewerage system seems utterly impossible. Disposal - a private matter of a local resident.
Some people prefer to burn their garbage, or make it outside of the village.
Others simply throw waste wherever there is space.
The lack of sewage and mining have led to heavy pollution of the land of La Rikonkada mercury. This substance has a very negative effect on the nervous system, causing itching, burning, and skin discoloration.
Residents must provide their own entertainment itself. Most often, they while away the time in a cafe, built by miners for miners, or play football.
The lake, which you see here in the background is also heavily polluted with mercury and cyanide. All this water is used residents of the city.