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Ecuador- Electronic Currency (Harris Whitbeck) - Ecuador is the first Latin American country to enter the digital currency world, rolling out its version of the electronic money in 2015. But its implementation hasn't been easy. Not many consumers are convinced of its benefits. Private bankers and members of the business community claim it doesn't work and are afraid it will be an excuse for the government to change the current legal tender -the dollar- for a "national" currency. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports from Quito. Game Changer - Orinoco Alligators (Michelle Begue) - For centuries poaching has led to the extinction and endangerment of some of the world's most beautiful animals. In Colombia and Venezuela, the reptile known as the Orinoco Caiman fell to that fate. One man is working to protect the few that remain and help them re-populate their natural habitat. Meet this week's Game Changer: Rafael Antello. Musical - Volcano boarding Nicaragua - Finally, for our musical-end piece today, we head to the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua, where volcano-boarding has become a special attraction for tourists. After hiking to the top and enjoying the gorgeous view adventure seekers then board all the way down to the bottom, at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour.

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Haitians In Limbo & Enrique Chiu

Costa Rica - Haitians in Limbo (Harris Whitbeck) - At the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, thousands of Haitians have been arriving, dead tired, but full of hope. They have come from Brazil, a place they fled two years ago in search of a better future. But the crisis in Brazil has them fleeing once again. After trekking more than 5-thousand kilometers, their journey has come to an abrupt halt. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports about this refugee camp in Costa Rica.

Columbia's Homeless City & Portuguese Homecoming

Colombia - Homeless City (Michelle Begue) - When Bogota's new mayor Enrique Penalosa took office in early 2016, he vowed to take down crime in the Colombian capital. One of his first offensives was a raid into the "Bronx." It is the city's most dangerous slum, plagued by drugs, weapons and savage violence. The raid ended with the evacuation of cartels and criminal gangs... but it also uncovered a complex reality: thousands of people were living in the Bronx, without a home. Correspondent Michelle Begue has more on Colombia's Homeless City.

Mexico's Crime-Free Town

Mexico - Crime free town - Mexico's war on drugs has proven long and brutal. The central state of Michoacan has been hit especially hard, with rival cartels fighting each other for territory AND against onslaughts by the Mexican Army. The violence has led to lawlessness... and a spike in illegal logging. One small town, Cheran, took on all the bad guys and drove them out. Five years later the Purepecha Indian village is still effectively governing itself. Peace reigns in Cheran but villagers say they can never lower their guard.

Venezuela's Hyperinflation & Galician Homecoming

Venezuela - Hyperinflation - Imagine living in a country where the price of everything doubles every 18 days... where in one year, the price of anything can rise well above 12-hundred percent. That's been the recent reality for Venezuelans, whose economy has been ravaged by the fall in the global price of oil, declining productivity and political turmoil. Stephen Gibbs portrays the cases of three locals on their daily struggle.

Fleeing Guatemala & Gina Badenoch

Guatemala - Fleeing Guatemala - They are young Central American migrants who leave their homes without parental permission, to make a perilous trek to the United States. Most are trying to escape poverty and search for better economic opportunities. Amnesty International has called the journey one of the world's most dangerous. And many of these minors don't even reach their final destination. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck speaks to migrants from Guatemala who were caught by authorities in Mexico and returned home.