The real 'Putumayo' isn't a trendy record label. It's the wide river which crosses a large streach of border from Colombia with its southern neighbours: Ecuador and Peru. The brunt of the Colombian coca industry and harvest is scattered along the banks of the Putumayo. Here, in the picture, Colombian marines from the Puerto Leguizamo base patrol the Putumayo river, looking for guerilla activity and clandestine cocaine laboratories.
Photo: Richard Emblin (1999)