COLOMBIA: Port of Call

If it were not for the shipping business, no one in his right mind would choose to live in the steaming, noisome port of Buenaventura. More than 350 inches of rain fall every year. Humidity is so high that shoes and clothing must be kept in "hot closets," where electric light bulbs dry the air, slow down blue mold. Malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis are endemic. Yet Buenaventura (pop. 15,000) is the busiest port in Colombia.

Because of its location (the first good Pacific harbor south of the Panama Canal) and the importance...

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