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    Unbelievably sad, yet an absolutely necessary and practical means in giving the Huaorani people access to the modern world. The devastation of big oil along this road is horrifying, yet a journey here is an eye-opening and culturally enriching experience. I had the pleasure of riding in a chiva bus with both Moi Enomenga and Babe, the infamous Huao leader who has killed many a oil worker and fellow Huao alike. It's like the death road into the wild west, only once you get there, you're in one of the most biologically rich places on the planet. This is what "Avatar" was about. Both beautiful and deadly, and easily susceptible to exploitation.

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Like a brush fire devastates a mountain prairie, the Via Auca cuts through the pristine Amazonian forest of the Huaorani Ethnic Reserve on a warpath of destruction, pollution and invasion. Both a miracle and menace, the road is the only easy way in and out of the heart of Ecuador's most remote Amazon wilderness. Yet with the convenience it offers has come rampant colonization, oil exploitation, pollution and lawlessness. A near constant battleground of ideals between traditional values and globalization, the Via Auca is the Huao artery to the modern world, the value of which remains to be seen.


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