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La Rinconada, Peru

From series “The Most Extreme Settlements on the Planet”
Height: 5 100 meters above sea level.

One of the most extreme settlements in the world is in Peru. La Rinconada is situated in the Alps, at an altitude of 5 100 meters above sea level. This tiny town is the highest settlement in the world. It was founded by settlers, who were attracted to these remote places by the discovered reserves of the gold ore. Despite the fact that it is very hard to live at such a height because of thin air and harsh climatic conditions, the population of La Rinconada is still growing steadily.

La Rinconada, Peru Today, the town is home to more than 30 000 people. However, there is still no developed system of sewerage and water supply, and the town can only be accessed along a narrow mountain road. Gold mining in the local mines is held in poor conditions. Many citizens are working for thirty days for free, and on the last day of the month they get a right to withdraw as much ore from a mine as they can carry. After researches, specialists pointed out that living in the city is hazardous to health, and not only because of the lack of sewage systems and low oxygen content in the air.

Mining of gold deposits brings mercury to the air. Such process of evaporating possesses an irreparable harm to the health. Over the years, the mining settlement was visited by only a few researchers and casual travelers. It is literally impossible to  find this town among the vast alpine scenery by your own. It is noteworthy that the first settlement on the site of the modern town has been founded hundreds of years ago, long before people became aware of the large gold deposits. Next - Java

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Supermarket: 'Oficina De La Min. CALLAPANI' in 0.05 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'The Geden One & Lam Center' in 0.06 km

Nearest airports:
 »  El Alto International Airport LPB - in 248 km
 »  Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport CUZ - in 295 km
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Best hotels near La Rinconada

Flor de Kantuta Inn

Located in 108 km from La Rinconada
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Rooms: 10
Decorated with ochre-coloured walls and traditional-themed bedspreads, rooms at Flor de Kantuta Inn afford views of the Titicaca Lake. All of them … More: photo, rates and booking
Titicaca lodge

Located in 118 km from La Rinconada
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Rooms: 7
Bright and spacious, rooms at Amantani Island afford shared bathroom facilities. Amantani Island is a 45-minute walk from Pachamama temple and 80 km … More: photo, rates and booking
Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno

Located in 145 km from La Rinconada
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Rooms: 62
Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno offers 4-star accommodation fitted with a tasteful decor and a seating area. Rooms are individually acclimatised and … More: photo, rates and booking
Yacht Lago Titicaca

Located in 147 km from La Rinconada
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Rooms: 10
Lago Titicaca Yacht has comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and showers. Laundry services are offered. Inca Tunturi Ruins are 2 km from the … More: photo, rates and booking

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