Carretera Interoceánica boosts links with China for Brazil and Peru but causes anxiety for environmental groups
They call it El Puente Billinghurst: a bright orange, half-mile suspension bridge, straddling the thick, murky waters of Peru’s Madre de Dios River.
But the Billinghurst is no ordinary bridge. When it is inaugurated later this month it will signal the realisation of a long-held dream: the completion of a 1,600-mile (2,600km) road cutting through some of South America’s most inhospitable terrain and connecting, for the first time, Brazil’s Atlantic coast with Peru’s Pacific ports. The road is known as the Interoceanic Highway.