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The road into Manu (I): how will it affect local human communities?

The road into Manu (I): how will it affect local human communities?

“The trucks won’t come today,” says shop owner, Irma Apaza, as she rearranges what few tomatoes and onions remain on the near-empty shelves where fresh produce should be. She lifts her eyes to the door of her shop one last time in hopeful anticipation of hearing the familiar roar of a long-distance delivery truck, but resumes the task at hand when all that sounds is a rooster from across the road.

Located more than 200km from Cusco, the small town of Salvación is an entire day’s journey along..

The art in science: Andrew Ranville reflects on his residency at the MLC

The art in science: Andrew Ranville reflects on his residency at the MLC

I’ve got to switch lenses.

Quite possibly the most dreaded event when in the field, I’ve already spent a few minutes fumbling around with my camera – but the battle between me, the sweat bees, and the humidity is far from over. Until that lens is clicked into place and reveals an unscathed image on the viewfinder, I’m not in the clear.

As I race to cap, clean, and click my lens into place, my trail companion for the day lays his daypack down on the forest floor to get his camera out, and in..