La Rinconada, Peru
Life is hard in La Rinconada, a town in the Peruvian Andes that sits at the base of an enormous glacier more than three miles above sea level, making it the highest permanent settlement in the world. The population is around 50,000 in this ramshackle gold-mining town, where there are no laws, no police, no running water and no sewage system. Homes, restaurants and other buildings aren't heated even though the average temperature hovers around 34 degrees because doing so would use too much electricity, which only arrived in 2002.
According to CNN, nearly 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Men work in the gold mines, which are not regulated, women often turn to prostitution and child labor is high.