Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s largest and wealthiest city but it’s also become a centre for the country’s thriving illegal drugs trade. Bolivia is now the world’s third largest producer of cocaine and it’s also a key transit country for trafficking. All this is leading to a spike in violent crime.
A new road linking the east and west coasts of South America is being opened.
The road runs through Brazil and Peru and some like Luis Aguirre, Governor of Peru’s Madre de Dios region, are warning of the damage the new road will cause.
But supporters, like cafe owner Suleyde Ochoa, say it will bring huge economic benefits to both countries.