La Rinconada – the most high-altitude city in the world

La Rinconada – the most high-altitude city in the world

La Rinconada and the city can not be called. By and large – this is a gold mining base, which eventually received the official status of the city.

To date, more than 30,000 people live in the city, which quite comfortably feel at an altitude of 5100 meters above sea level.

La Rinconada is officially recognized as the highest settlement on Earth. To live here – then the pleasure: constant wind and snowfall, summer wet, winter – dry, days and nights – cold and frosty, and the average annual temperature does not exceed 1.2 ° C.

In fact, La Rinconada is rather a temporary settlement for employees of the mine. There are no roads, water pipes and sewage, but there is a work on which hundreds of local men work.

La Rinconada - the most high-altitude city in the world

Local miners mining gold with mercury, although the use of such a production method has long been prohibited in civilized countries. Because of this method, almost all around is contaminated: snow, water, air and even land.

Local residents say that La Rinconada is not only the highest, but also the poorest and sad city on Earth. There is no administration here, and mines do not belong to any one company. Many organizations do not pay salary to employees at all, paying ore in which there may not be a gold gram.

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