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A snow-covered Andean peak near the Interoceanic Highway's highest point outside Ocongate looms over a young Quechua llama herder. The highway is having a profound impact on migration, bringing an estimated 200 to 300 people daily from the Andean highlands to the Amazon Basin, most of whom will work in the mining sector. (Robert Guerra)

100 Words: On Peru's Interoceanic Highway

by Roberto Guerra
Jan 10, 2013

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In 2010, I began documenting life along Peru's Interoceanic Highway, a new route crossing the spectacular terrain from the Pacific Coast, over the Andes Mountains, through the Amazon Basin to the Brazilian border.

The highway is an apt metaphor for "development" in today's globalized world: It's bringing opportunity, while at the same time enabling activities that threaten some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet and the survival of indigenous cultures.

In creating this portrait of a part of the world on the cusp of profound change, I'm also trying to understand where roads like this one are taking all of us.

Roberto (Bear) Guerra is a photographer who focuses on humanitarian, environmental and social justice issues in the United States and Latin America. His work has been published and exhibited widely. You can see more on his website and on FotoVisura.


100 Words is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Curated by Graham Letorney.

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