Road from Cali to Buenaventura
With rail freight making up only one percent of the cargo shipped through Buenaventura’s port, more than one thousand trucks cross the Western Range of the Colombian Andes every day, transporting goods between Buenaventura and Cali. A major civil engineering project is currently underway to widen the road so that cargo can arrive and depart Buenaventura faster and more safely. Although the Colombian military routinely patrols the road, safety remains elusive. When the authors were in Buenaventura, researching this article, guerrilla forces confronted military units, killing and kidnapping innocent bystanders. Locals suggest that guerrillas sometimes mount attacks along the road in order to preoccupy security forces precisely when narco-traffickers plan to move shipments out from the coast.