The road from La Paz to Coroico is called Yungas Road, and it's one of the most scenic drives I've ever been on. It winds through the mountains and gradually changes from the harsh altiplano to a lush rainforest landscape as you descend to Coroico. While on the trip we saw mountains, a large lake, frozen waterfalls, herds of llamas, a few shops, bicyclists, and the entrance to the infamous Death Road. Most of the Yungas Road is a newer two-lane highway that replaced the dangerous Death Road, but you can still take bike tours of the Death Road from La Paz for a thrill.
We took a bus to Coroico (and back to La Paz) but the bus was the property of the UAC-Carmen Pampa, and I can't verify the 2-3 hour estimated time that the trip is supposed to take because our bus kept overheating, and we would then have to pull over near a stream and pour water in the radiator. Our trip took five hours on the way there and about seven on the way back because of this. It was really hard to complain though, when every time we stopped I had the chance to get out and take pictures of the gorgeous landscape!
- Budget Travel
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Road Trip
Getting there and around
If you're heart is not strong enough to withstand the biketrip down Death Road, then you can still be a deardevil and take a van/bus down the same road :). It's dirt cheap (under $1 USD per hour). The ride can take as little as 4-5 hours, but usually takes more during the rainy season.