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San Pablo, Peru is located about 250 miles downstream (east) of Iquitos on the Amazon River. It is unremarkable except for its hospital for patients suffering from Hansen's Disease (better known as leprosy). Sometimes disparagingly called a "leper colony" in fact most of the town's 2,000 inhabitants are free of the disease and live much like everyone else in this part of the world. Here corn is laid out to dry in the warm sun. It will later be ground down to make flour. (For more information on San Pablo see wood carver.)

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