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This picture shows the Los Chilchos valley, a two days walk along a mule track from the small town of Leymebamba in the Chachapoya region in the north east of Peru.
50 years ago a few families people went from the crowded north into this area to start a new life.
They cleared the cloudforest and started to farm for example sugarcane. Now with foreign help about 80 of the 100 families did change to coffee whereby a fair price is guaranteed. Hopefully destructive cattle grazing is disappearing now.
There are still beautiful patches of cloudforest in this area, for example the cloudforest of Las Hamacas.

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