Live in seventh heaven

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Residents of the village of La Rinconada literally live in heaven. However, to have a house at an altitude of 5 km above sea level, is not always easy to live.

La Rinconada - Peruvian city. The settlement is located the Andes, near the border with Bolivia. Most of the time the temperature in the city is less than 0C °. In total, about 50,000 people live in the village. Residents there due to work in the gold mines, which are not regulated by the government.

Photographer Walker Davidson made a series of photos about life in the clouds, which in fact turned out to be a very, very severe.

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La Rikonada - one of the most isolated settlements in the world.

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The settlement was founded at the height of 5100 meters above sea level, and there in the shadow of Bella Durmiente - or Sleeping Beauty - huge glacier, towering over the city.

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The settlement is only one path, covered with mud, stones and grass. Most of the time the road icebound, and the way to La Rikonady may take several days.

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In the city, devoid of hotels and hospitals, tourists rarely come across. Moreover, the government has little concerned about what is happening in La Rikonade.

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The residents are quite poor existence and survive through unregulated gold reserves of the metal, hidden in the depths of the mountain peaks.

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Between 2001 and 2009 the price of gold has increased by 235%. Along with the price of the metal has increased and the population of the village - up to 30 000 people. Given the fact that the resources have not yet come to an end, the population is growing, and today its population is about 50 000 people.

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The majority of the population consists of optimistic Peruvians, who have decided to get rich by working in the gold mines. Miners are not getting the standard salary, but can claim all the gold, which will find in the last few days.

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Gold reserves mined in the Andes for centuries, since the days of the Inca settlement. Every day, workers spend half an hour to climb to the mines, where the face of the terrible working conditions: the oxygen in the mines is not enough, and the workers breathe air with a high content of mercury and cyanide.

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Women are forbidden to enter the mine, so they work out. This woman makes metal parts which serve as a framework for the tunnels.

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City founders actually created a camp for the miners, and does not anticipate that the number of the population will increase to such a level. That is why the infrastructure of the village is not suitable for life.

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Next to the settlement there is no natural sources of water, which makes it impossible to establish the sewage system. Waste management also lies on the shoulders of citizens.

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Some residents burn trash, others - simply take out of the border of the city.

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And someone throws trash on the street.

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The absolute absence of adequate sanitation means that the land is in the village contains a huge amount of mercury. This leads to diseases of the locals: the nervous system problems, as well as itching, burning and discoloration of the skin.

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In his spare time, local content with traditional entertainment or meet in a cafe, built for the miners. In this photo youth playing football on a patch of land, located near the mines.

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The lake, which can be seen in this photo, is heavily polluted with mercury and cyanide, so it is water not suitable for drinking or domestic use.

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After his trip to La Rikonadu photographer said that this city - a striking example of how far people can go in search of riches and a better life.