These hard-hitting photos show a glimpse into the lives of gold miners in south-east Peru. Miners work 28 hours shifts for minimum wage, are slowly poisoned by the mercury used to bind gold flecks and chew on a mild herbal stimulant that is the basis of cocaine in order to stay awake. The mining also destroys the surrounding tropical forests and the government loses approximately $305 million in taxes every year.
Huacachina is a village in the Ica Region of southwestern Peru. This small town has only 115 people and is a resort and tourist destination for locals from Ica and people wanting to experience desert activities like dune rides and sandboarding. Located around a small lagoon, the legend says that a native princess was captured by a hunter and the water she was bathing in became the lake and that she now lives in the oasis as mermaid.
Qeswachaka, the hanging bridge located at the southern province of Canas in Cuzco, Peru.
It is hand-woven from a local grass called "Qoya". It is 120 feet long and is rebuilt every year by a local community.