Bolivia’s Death Road – The world’s most dangerous roadJune 6th, 2009 | Posted by in 17-Bolivia
In 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank named the North Yungas Road (also know as the Death Road) — an approximate 64k long road between La Paz, Bolivia’s capital and Coroico, in the Amazon region — the “world’s most dangerous road.”
It’s estimated that 200-300 travellers were killed yearly along the road, which has crosses marking many of the spots were vehicles have fallen over the side. If one were to click for more information regarding such perilous roads, they’d know how dangerous the construction and maintenance would be. At the end of 2006, after 20 years of construction, a new, considerably safer road from La Paz to Coroico was finally finished and opened to the public, resulting in a marked decrease in use of the original North Yungas Road by travellers.
However and although still used by vehicles, an increasing number of insane adventurers now bike it for thrills (some web site).
Yeeeee haaaaaaaaa. That’s me… Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
Yeah I did the death road, it was a fantastic and exhilarating 4–5 hour experience. I had a low top campervan rented from a campervan rental supplier and decided to seize all the adrenaline I could generate. I almost went overboard a few times (seriously) but I survived! It was a close one, it must be the spirits of the dead, what gets to you along this trail. Luckily for me the trip ended up at Hotel Esmeralda, Coroico. Cold beer and a spectacular view of the snow capped mountains which lye behind the death road.
I would highly recommend it to anybody trying to top the buzz of a skydive.
Shit, what next?
I’m second behind our crazy guide!!!