Millions of Venezuelans are fleeing to the south—through South America’s ‘poetic heart’

Since 2014, nearly a fifth of Venezuela’s population has left. Many of these migrants are passing through, or opting to stay in, Bolivia.

Venezuelan migrants, Esther Duran and her boyfriend Jonathan Pérez, wait for a bus in El Alto, Bolivia to get to the city of Oruro, some 225 kilometers south, on July 31, 2021. Originally from San Felipe, in the northwestern Venezuelan state of Yaracuy, the couple hoped to reach the southern Chilean city of Puerto Montt, more than 8,500 kilometers south, to join friends living and working there since there are "few Venezuelans in the south" they said.

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