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Amazonian Isolation in Leticia

By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

AMAZONAS, COLOMBIA - Haphazard houses made from wooden slats and corrugated metal rooftops rise out of the surrounding jungle as flocks of mopeds cruise by. Several-dozen paved roads quickly deteriorate to pothole-filled gravel before being swallowed entirely by foliage. Isolated by road from all three of the countries at the shared border, Leticia offers a rare kind of energy as a lost jungle city.

With a shortage of roads to connect it with the outside world, Leticia’s attention is focused on the swirling brown waters of the Amazon. As the town’s . . .

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