Almir turns off the highway and continues north on a narrow, paved road that takes us to Ministro Andreazza, a town of about 11, people. Chickens run wild among wood-plank and cement-block houses. A young Surui girl watches YouTube videos on a smartphone. Where we're going on patrol is more than miles from Lapetanha, in part of the territory that's in the state of Mato Grosso. Their "risks and threats" map, for instance, shows logging and mining operations, along with makeshift roads and campsites — like the ones we saw. Almir points to a towering tree standing by itself in a distant field.
Assassinations over land conflicts are common in the Amazon.
Four years later, Almir traveled more than 5, miles to meet Rebecca Moore, head of Google Earth, and her team at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California. But the adventurous tourists who go there are rarely disappointed. But there are forces actively working against him. By comparison, the Eiffel Tower in Paris gets roughly 7 million visitors a year. And for us, this is very dangerous. Almir guns the 4X4 up a small hill and into the forest, parking just far enough in to obscure his pickup among the trees. Roosevelt nearly died from fever and an infected leg wound on that trip.