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Mar 8, 2018

Poorer by the day, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have concluded that escape is their only option. With the country's currency virtually worthless and air travel beyond the reach of all but elites, buses have become Venezuela's caravans of misery, rolling day and night to its borders and returning largely empty to begin the process all over again. For nine days, a reporter and a photographer from Reuters accompanied the migrants as they headed for what they hoped were better days in Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

For nearly 5,000 miles, they rolled through some of South America's most spectacular landscapes, including the vertiginous Andean mountain range and the world's driest desert in Chile. But even though the Venezuelans were awed by the views whizzing by their window, their minds were mostly on the land they had left behind - and the uncertainty facing them in the lands ahead.

Journey on a caravan of misery
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Carlos Rivero (L) and Adrian Naveda (C), traveling by bus from Caracas to Chile, look out of the window while they drive through Zorritos, Peru, November 11, 2017. "I think we waited too long to leave" said Carlos Rivero, 31, a former security operator for the Caracas metro. The road the bus travels along in northern Peru goes through through tiny villages near the seashore. CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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