Every day, the economic and political crisis in Venezuela forces hundreds to abandon their homeland. The most common destination is Colombia, due to the proximity and the size of its shared border with Venezuela.
Many refugees, about 1.5 million, have chosen to remain in Colombia, but others have continued on to Ecuador, Peru, Chile or Mexico. As the crisis has grown worse, most refugees leaving Venezuela today do not have enough money for a bus ticket and are forced to travel on foot.
To get from Cucuta to the next nearest town, these “caminates”, or “walkers” must travel 195 km, climb mountains 3,200 metres above sea level and then back down. Various NGOs and Colombians living in the region have set up camps to help