By Simon Wilson for Latin Correspondent. For a number of years Peru has carried the ignominious title of the World’s number one coca grower and producer of cocaine.
Physical evidence of this industry, capable of turning out 340 tons of cocaine a year, remains largely invisible however. To find it you have to cross, deserts, jungle and rivers until you reach some of the remotest parts of the Andean mountains, for it is here where the combination of cool temperature, lots of sunlight, and rocky mineral rich soil, produces plants capable of yielding the highest levels of cocaine.
Growing coca at lower elevations has been tried before, but the cocaine yields have been significantly lower or non-existent. Therefore, the rule has always been: go high to get high.