Epic Bike Rides Across the Globe: Death Road, Bolivia
Bolivia is calling your name and that of all adrenalin junkies! With a 3,600 metre descent and sheer drops, welcome to Bolivia's Death Road. While terrifying, this is a route tourists love to cycle. Still interested in this epic mountain bike ride? Read on…
Yungas Road, also commonly known as Death Road due to its notoriously high death rate, was cut into the side of the Cordillera Oriental Mountain chain in the 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners during the Chaco War (15 Jun. 1932 – 12 Jun. 1935).
While this mountain bike ride is not for the faint-hearted, the adrenaline-pumping Death Road is a 69 km journey which attracts a massive 25,000 mountain bike riders annually. The ride takes in the stunning views from snow-covered high altitude plains and mountain ranges down to the steaming Amazonian Jungle.
From La Paz, Yungas Road climbs to around 4,650 meters at La Cumbre pass, before gently descending to 1,200 meters at the town of Coroico. The drop in altitude means riders experience both chilly conditions in the Altiplano highlands and hot humid conditions in the rainforests below.
Thankfully since March 2007 the majority of motorised traffic has stopped driving down this route, and now drives down the newly constructed road, leaving the original road for thrill seekers to enjoy without battling the many trucks, buses and cars of the old.
Death Road, Bolivia
Yeti Adventure Films. (2012, July 9). The Death Road, Downhill Mountain Bike Ride – Bolivia [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzCXQXxROsQ
If this thrill seeking ride is on your bucket list, CycleLifeHQ highly recommends you take a tour. There are many tours operating in the area, we recommend you do plenty of research before booking to make sure the tour you take is reputable and most importantly safety conscious. CycleLifeHQ can most certainly help you find the best tour. Find out more here.
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