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DELTA 1 7200 KM / DAY 068 / MAY 23, 2011 - 09:49 / MADRE DE DIOS, PERU
It`s quite a trip to reach the gold miners deep in the Peruvian Amazon. It starts out smooth along the new highway connecting Peru and Brazil. Soon, though, this turns into a gravel road, and then... there is no road at all. It`s a riverbed that finally brings me to `Delta 1`.
Delta 1; the name sounds like gold rush and it is gold rush. Delta 1 consisted of six houses a couple of years ago, but now it`s a sprawling town. My hotel is rented by the hour, so I take a room for eight hours. According to the manager, it does have one star.
Although all mining here is illegal, the town is full of shops selling low quality electronics, hardware stores and very noisy nightclubs with lots of women serving the miners. So far I don`t see any of the mines that everyone is talking about. But after a 45 minute motorcycle ride deep into the forest, the noise of generators and pumps signals the mines. I am amazed as the dense jungle suddenly changes into a desert. It`s as if a huge bomb has dropped.
DAY 363 FINAL DESTINATION