Here our last activity around La Paz which I let you discover through our last movie made of short videos taken with the Go Pro, the Sony camera and our guide camera.
Where is the death road?
Below is the map with the path we followed:
It is now a classic track that brings you from 4,750m to 1,200km during 64km… Good numbers, would you say.. We start it not far from the Huyana Potosi and we arrive in the jungle near the Coroico village.
Why call we it the death road?
Its real name is Yungas Road, but in 1995, the Inter-america development bank called it the World’s most dangerous road (WMDR). Since that, its international visibility has greatly increased.
Dangerous road because every year (until the new road opens), between 300 to 400 people died on it. How?
Simply because in places, the road is so narrow that two cars cannot go through at the same time. I let you imagine when there is a bus meeting a car or a large truck. And sometimes, unfortunately, people tries to go through but end up falling with their car in the void… Ravine sometimes deep as much as 800m. A giant fall…
Last major accident was in 1983 when a bus fell down and killed more than 100 persons.
Some corners are quite blind and source of more accidents.
Today, the road is not used anymore by the local population. There is no more traffic which makes it safer for the 25,000 riders that went down through the death road since 1990.
Ironically, as the road got famous for its dangerousness, more tourists (like us) come every year to ride it.. And the bike agencies which proposes the daily tour are growing rapidly.
Today in La Paz, there is many of them, and it was quite hard to find the one we wanted to go with. Cheap, expensive, good review on trip advisor, bad reviews, web site, no web site, etc…
But finally the difference between them (except the price) were more around safety record and equipment (the bike)
We decided to book our tour with Madness for two reasons:
– Not the price are they were over the average but not the most expensive
– Excellent bike.. They represent Specialized in Bolivia (an excellent bike brand), the bikes are new and well maintained.
– A Go Pro support available on their helmet!!! Very important for us as I wanted to be able to take video of the ride.
These were for us, amateur riders, the main points.
More pictures below of our ride on the famous road:
So, what did you think about it? Would you be ready to do it? Do you have even more thrilling experiences to tell us? Leave us a comment below, we would like to hear from you.
Blog you soon from an amazing place: the highest navigable lake of the world…
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