This now-abandoned settlement was the site of the chilling mass suicide-murder of 909 members of the Peoples Temple cult by poison. On November 18, 1978, the cult leader of this isolated community in South America ordered the death of all its members at the site, as a form of protest of capitalism and an act of support for socialism.
Most took the poisoned grape juice or were forced to drink the juice, and all those at the settlement died. Afterward, it was looted by local people, but never re-inhabited. Instead, it was left for the jungle to slowly reclaim.