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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.
Costa Rica - Centenarians (Harris Whitbeck) - The number of people who live to be 100 years or more is growing. It's estimated that there are more than 450,000 centenarians living across the globe and that segment of the population is the fastest growing one of all. Experts say there are many factors that contribute to the existence of centenarians and recently they have started identifying key traits that are common to them all. Those traits have also been found in five distinct areas around the globe, and two of them are in the Americas.
Peru - Counterfeit Money (Dan Collyns) - The Peruvian capital of Lima is the "fake dollar" capital of the world, according to the United States Secret Service. For the past four years, the U.S. government has declared Peru the world's leading producer of fake US currency. That's a fact drawing a lot of attention to the clandestine world of Peru's counterfeiters as Correspondent Dan Collyns reports.