Photo of the Day: 24 March 2010

Photo: Daily Mail PHOTO OF THE DAY 24 MARCH 2010 Rio Negro, Colombia More than 1,300ft above the roaring Rio Negro in Colombia, nine-y...

Photo: Daily Mail

PHOTO OF THE DAY
24 MARCH 2010


Rio Negro, Colombia

More than 1,300ft above the roaring Rio Negro in Colombia, nine-year-old Daisy Mora prepares to throw herself over the abyss.

Attaching herself to an old and rusted pulley system she drops over the edge before plummeting at 40mph along a zip wire to the opposite bank half a mile away - a vertigo-inducing journey she has to take every day to get to school.

For the handful of families living in the area, 40 miles southeast of the capital Bogota, the 12 steel cables that connect one side of the valley to the other are their only access to the outside world.

German explorer Alexander von Humboldt was the first Westerner to observe the unusual rope system in 1804.

They were traditionally made of hemp, but steels cables were installed with the advent of logging in the surrounding rainforest. When this was made illegal settlers turned their hand to farming and cattle raising.

Today, the cables are still the only transport available to those living in the area.

You Might Also Like

0 COMMENTS

We love hearing from you!

//-->