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Shantytown of Guayaquil

Price: £569.25 (including 15 % tax)

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With a population of 2 million, Guayaquil, Ecuador, has half a million more inhabitants than Quito, the capital. The prosperity of this great industrial and commercial port, which controls 50 percent of the country’s exports and 90 percent of its imports, has attracted a growing number of migrants from the neighbouring countryside. One-fifth of the population of Guayaquil today lives in shantytowns in swampy area, made up of houses on poles. These poverty-stricken areas, where the ground is artificially composed of debris accumulated by the tides, has no sanitation and is subject to disturbing health problems. In recent decades the population of Latin America has undergone the world’s highest degree of urbanization: the number of city dwellers has risen from 41 percent of the total population in 1950 to 77 percent in 2000. On all world continents, 1 million people are added each week to the urban population, which reached 47 percent of the total in 2000.

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