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Bolivia’s Death Road – The world’s most dangerous road

June 6th, 2009 | Posted by Davey 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.  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 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?

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I’m second behind our crazy guide!!!

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4 Responses

  • Del says:

    Well that’s just confirmed something I already knew!!!NUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chris foot says:

    Some great pics there Davey, i especially liked the ironic No Biciclettas one. Was a bit disappointed by the video, thought a croc might have jumped out of the puddle and eaten one of them, that would have been dangerous…

  • Helen says:

    You wouldn’t get me on there for love nor money! Brave man :-)

  • mum says:

    hi david and sam i just cant be leave you did that death road you must have been wearing them medals. it must have taken me two hours to write this i will have to go. looking forward to seeing you both next month. all our love kiss kiss



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