The Spider-Men Of Bolivia's Yungas Valley
Feb 2, 2015
But for the past few decades, farmers have been using zip lines, which even the most adventurous thrill-seeker may avoid. The farmers have used these zip lines, that are 650 ft. over the river, to transport goods and themselves across the river. Although inventive and efficient, there are no safety regulations in place. Using the lines seems to be a form of Russian Roulette.
Because of the steep terrain, Bolivian farmers have always had to be creative when transporting their crops for sale. In the 1950/60's, farmers would harvest their crops, strap them on their backs and trek from one side of the mountain, down into a ravine, and up the other side just to reach a marketplace. This took too much time and was backbreaking labor.