Desperate Farmers Flock to Amazon for Logging Work

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 13, 2003   View Article

Every week truckloads of farmers desperate for work leave their homes and begin the grueling journey down the eastern flanks of the Peruvian Andes to southeastern Peru, deep in the Amazon River Basin.

Their final destination, which can take up to a week to reach, is the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado in the vast region known as Madre de Dios. They arrive by the hundreds, riding on top of modified gasoline tankers. Most of the farmers who arrive in Puerto Maldonado join one of the hundreds of logging camps in the region along tributaries of the Amazon River.

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