Located more than 5,000 meters above sea level, La Rinconada is the highest city in the world and the place where only the toughest can carve out a living.
More than 50,000 people live in the settlement located atop the highest part of mount Ananea in the Peruvian Andes, from where it is forced to endure sub-zero temperatures most of the year.
Find out how it is to live in one of the hardest places on Earth, thanks to the magnificent photographs of Walker Dawson:
Built under the skirt of the glacier, the “Sleeping Beauty“, amounting to 5,300 meters of altitude rises La Rinconada, one of the most isolated populations in the world.
On the other hand, the air that is breathed in The Rinconada is very detrimental to an outsider as it is hard to breathe.
The city is extremely humble. The city’s economy is based almost entirely on the gold mines which are not regulated, excavated on the slopes of the mountain, which are filled with hazardous gases, mercury, and cyanide.
Women are not allowed to work in the mines so that they stay in the village doing chores or crafts such as the creation of the pieces of metal necessary for shoring up the tunnels.