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From cocaine to kayaking

Aug 31 -- In the Colombian mountains, the villagers of Don Diego are trying to replace the coca industry with the tourist trade, writes Paul Miles

From cocaine to kayaking

'We used to make about $1,400 every two months from coca,' says Richard Velasquez as he shows me around the five tourism lodges in his flower-filled, car-free village, San Rafael, with views over cassava plantations and the jungle-clad foothills of the Sierra Nevada. 'Now the government gives us $300 every two months and we have a few tourists. But the main thing is there's no danger from guerrillas or police any more.'
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