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The highest ‘city’ on Earth that’s so dangerous there’s basically no laws

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May22,2024

The highest ‘city’ on Earth – La Rinconada in Peru – is a place where only the hardest can survive. 

La Rinconada is in the Peruvian Andes, 5,100 metres above sea level. It is believed to be the highest permanent settlement in the world and is nicknamed “Devil’s Paradise”. 

YouTuber Yes Theory visited the town and said it was “by far the sketchiest place I’ve ever been to” and that he’s “never been as worried going into filming”. 

He added, that while there, he saw “fights breaking out everywhere and people giving us looks as we walked around”.

Located near a gold mine, it began as a small prospector camp. From 2001 and 2009, National Geographic estimated that the population has increased to 30,000 people from just a settlement due to the price of gold going up 235 percent over the period.

Many miners work at the gold mine owned by Corporación Ananea. They work for 30 days without payment and for one day they are allowed to work for themselves. 

On this day of the month, miners are allowed to take as much ore as they can carry. Whether the ore contains any gold or not is a matter of luck. This system sometimes ends with miners not being compensated for their work. 

A very good day for these men would see them find 50g of gold, for women, it’s around 15g a week. This could fetch up to £2,900 and £870 respectively.

Women are banned from working directly in the mines so they work outside, sifting through what has been discarded in the hope of finding something valuable. 

The town is also dangerous due to it being practically lawless. Miners have been shot dead in the tunnels, young women are trafficked into brothels and physical fights are common.

When police or other authorities come to town to try to enforce the law or restrict mining, they are threatened by miners with the dynamite used to blast open the tunnels.

The town lacks plumbing (there are just three showers for 50,000 people), sanitation systems (rubbish is simply dumped outside the town) and pollution from plastics and other types of trash, which cause several illnesses. 

Hypoxia is a significant health problem due to the low air pressure with researchers estimating that at least 25 percent of residents suffer from it. 

There is also significant contamination by mercury, due to the mining practices. Mining also contaminates the freshwater on the mountain which carries heavy metals directly to Lake Titacaca, the largest lake in South America.

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

Tyler is a renowned journalist with years of experience covering a wide range of topics including politics, entertainment, and technology. His insightful analysis and compelling storytelling have made him a trusted source for breaking news and expert commentary.

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2 thoughts on “The highest ‘city’ on Earth that’s so dangerous there’s basically no laws”
  1. As a woman, it’s heartbreaking to read about the harsh conditions faced by the miners in La Rinconada. The gender inequality in work opportunities is truly concerning. It’s alarming how some miners go uncompensated despite their hard labor. The authorities should prioritize the well-being and fair treatment of all individuals in such a challenging environment.

  2. As a frequent traveler, it’s disturbing to see the dire conditions in La Rinconada. The lack of laws and basic rights for the residents is deeply concerning. It’s crucial to shed light on such places and advocate for better living and working conditions for everyone.

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