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La Oroya, Peru

From series “Top 14 Most Polluted Cities of the Planet”
A really tragic situation prevails in the Peruvian city of La Oroya. In 1922, Doe Run Corporation from the United States opened the Great Ironworks, which destroyed the flora and fauna of the region in less than one hundred years and brought thousands of people into danger of death. La Oroya is one of the few places in the world where the acid energies have been active for several years.

La Oroya, Peru The sour rains are the main reason of the full lack of vegetation. Today the townspeople have to pay the degrading relationship to the environment with their health. Almost all locals suffer from severe respiratory system diseases. At present, about 35 thousand people live in the city, only 5% of whom have no serious health problems.

Daily emissions of lead, zinc, copper, and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere are accumulated in the organisms of the city dwellers, leading to slow and terrible mutation. No trace of the vegetation makes the atmosphere in the city even more frightening. The locals understand the depth of the tragedy very well and therefore try to fight their rights in all sorts of ways. The inactivity of local authorities was declared a crime against humanity. The numerous trials are, however, fruitless. To the beginning - Ahvaz

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Nearest airports:
 »  Jorge Chavez Airport LIM - in 143 km
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LP Los Portales Tarma

Located in 49 km from La Oroya
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Rooms: 45
Guests at Los Portales Tarma can enjoy regional cuisine at the Odria Restaruant, or roasted chicken and fries at Pollo Stop. A breakfast with fresh … More: photo, rates and booking
Centro Vacacional Huaychulo

Located in 76 km from La Oroya
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Rooms: 34
Decorated with parquet floors and wooden bedside tables, rooms at Huaychulo are equipped with private bathrooms. Free parking is provided. Centro … More: photo, rates and booking
Cocos Boutique Hotel

Located in 79 km from La Oroya
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Rooms: 13
The rooms in Cocos Boutique Hotel feature private bathrooms, minibars, and flat-screen cable TV. Room service is provided. Cocos Boutique Hotel … More: photo, rates and booking
Chanchamayo Inn Hotel

Located in 82 km from La Oroya
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Rooms: 40
Chanchamayo Inn offers rooms with cable TV, fans, and private bathrooms with showers. Guests can enjoy regional dishes at the on-site restaurant and … More: photo, rates and booking

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