Bitcoin Fixes Illegal Gold Mining in the Amazon

Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s Madre de Dios Province looks like a frontier town. Dusty streets, crumbling buildings, new construction, and the hustle and bustle of the people who want to make it. Tourists are taken by bus through the city to the many ecotourism companies that bring people from all over the world to experience the Amazon. Puerto Maldonado is located on the bank of the Tambopata River, a tributary of the Amazon River. The Tambopata River gained some notoriety in ecotourism circles when mud-licking parrots appeared on the cover of the January 1994 issue of National Geographic. The industry has flourished since then.

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