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Risking it all - The Flying Coca growers in Boliva's remote valleys

In Bolivia's jungles and steep cliffs the Yungas people do not walk. They fly. On ropes. Like birds. Faster than astronauts.

These 'birds' are known as cocaleros, or coca harvesters. They use
ropes to swing across the narrow valleys, suspended from ancient rusting
It takes all of 30 seconds from one side to the other. By foot it would take more than an hour.

"This must be about six or seven years old. Before then there was
nothing. Nothing," Synthe, a harvester, says. "We had to walk down to
the bottom, cross the river and then climb up the other side. It used to
be quite a hike."
The Yungas Valleys are like a sudden staircase between the towering
cordilleras of the Andes - more than 4,000 metres high - and the green
Amazon basin.
The vertical landscape is dramatic. The inhabitants have fashioned
this unusual way to move around quickly, with simple, thin wires

Added: Feb-22-2012 Occurred On: May-19-2011
By: wet501
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Tags: coca, farming, zipline, flying, valley, farmers, remote, Yungas Valleys, cables,
Location: Bolivia (load item map)
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