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La Rinconada is a town in the Peruvian Andes near a gold mine. At 5,100 m (16,700 ft; 3.2 mi) above sea level, it is the highest permanent settlement in the world. Between 2001 and 2009, the population increased to 30,000 people from just a small gold prospector camp because the price of gold rose 235% over that period.The town is in the Ananea District, San Antonio de Putina Province. The town lies at a height of 5,100 m (16,700 ft; 3.2 mi) above sea level, on the side of Mount Ananea and at the foot of glacier called Auchita, otherwise known as La Bella Durmiente (The Sleeping Beauty). Some successful miners in La Rinconada have homes in Juliaca, which has municipal services and is only 3,825 m (12,549 ft; 2.377 mi) above sea level.