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BBC Fastrack: Reality Tours in Caracas

BBC Fastrack: Reality Tours in Caracas

It has the longest Caribbean coastline of any country and the world’s tallest waterfall, not to mention snow-capped Andean mountains and Amazon rainforest. Tourist paradise? Not Venezuela. Considering the country’s size and natural attractions, tourist numbers are low. In 2009, Venezuela received just over 600,000 international visitors, according to World Bank figures, compared to more […]

BBC: Brazil’s Jungle Boom Town

BBC: Brazil’s Jungle Boom Town

Marcelo Gordo is standing in the back garden of a small house in a suburb of Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state, hoping to catch sight of a pied tamarin. These small primates, with white upper bodies and brown bottoms, live only in rainforest surrounding the city and as Manaus grows and expands, they […]

BBC: Gold and Green Guyana

BBC: Gold and Green Guyana

Almost everyone in Port Kaituma is making money from gold. From the miners who head out to the camps in the surrounding jungle to the owners of the bars and stores where the miners spend their money. It is clear that the economy of this small town in northwest Guyana is entirely reliant on the […]

CBC/BBC: Developing Jonestown?

CBC/BBC: Developing Jonestown?

It’s hard to believe that Jonestown ever existed. The patch of rainforest in remote northern Guyana where Jim Jones moved his People’s Temple in the 1970s has been almost entirely reclaimed by the jungle. Locals say if you search long enough, you can still find remnants of a tractor used for transport and agriculture and […]

BBC: The Business of Baseball in Venezuela

BBC: The Business of Baseball in Venezuela

Hundreds of young boys in the Venezuelan town of Ciudad Alianza share the same dream – to play in a Major League baseball team. For some, it might well become a reality. The Detroit Tigers runs a baseball academy in the small town in western Venezuela. Other teams like the Tampa Bay Rays and the […]

BBC: Cocoa and the State

BBC: Cocoa and the State

Venezuelan cocoa sector fears state intervention. Andres Herreras slashes through thick undergrowth in jungle just outside the town of Panaquire in eastern Venezuela, looking for ripe cocoa pods. He’s been harvesting these six hectares of land for over forty years using just his machete and his hands. Thousands of farmers like Andres tend small cocoa […]

BBC: Troubled Waters of Lake Albert

BBC: Troubled Waters of Lake Albert

The village of Ntoroko on the shores of Lake Albert seems peaceful enough at first glance, but the 600 fishermen who make their living here say recent events on the lake have devastated their business. Earlier this month, two people were killed when men in Congolese army uniforms clashed with security guards working on an […]

BBC: The Smell of Success

BBC: The Smell of Success

Not for nothing are the Comoros known as the Perfume Isles. Walking in a field of ylang ylang smells like walking past a perfume counter They export around 80% of the world’s supply of ylang ylang essence, an essential oil that is the main ingredient of most expensive perfumes. Originally from the Philippines, the ylang […]