Bolivia’s Death Road was once the main road connecting Bolivia’s Amazon region (The Yungas) with the captial city, La Paz. Originally named Yungas Road, Death Road has long since been renamed by locals and tourists alike. You’ll know why when you see the photos below. In past years, 200-300 people died annually navigating this trail, though the majority were in cars. Today cars take another highway and Death Road is reserved for riders. Our guide told us that recent deaths on two wheels were due to recklessness or fault on the riders part. Hooligans and people messing around with their GoPros perhaps? Many crosses appear on the road commemorating where people have gone over the edge.
Those who dare can join a wheelie gang on downhill mountain bikes to ride this road – rolling the dice on making it to the bottom in one piece. The morning ride starts amongst the clouds, 4,650m above sea level and spirals down and down around the mountains like a 64km piece of spaghetti draped across some cliff faces. Here’s how we went down.