"Death" Road from La Paz to Corroico, La Paz
If you are looking for the best experience of the Death Road at an accessible price then the Xtreme Downhill agency on Calle Sagarnaga in La Paz is the place to go. They offer the best quality bikes in Bolivia and the trip is all inclusive: all gear, all meals, a quality guide, and access to a hot shower and swimming pool at the end of the trip in Yolosa. Don´t waste your time paying more for less anywhere else.
The Death Road
*** the fighting troops
Forget their useless trivia
Want to know who dies for their country?
Meet the truckers of Bolivia.
Neither to save their power
Nor secure their glory
As you may have guessed,
The truckers of Bolivia
have a much, much different quest.
One by one they preserve
The pillars of their land
Should you ever meet a Bolivian trucker
do shake him by the hand.
At the hands of man and God alike
They travel the long road to La Paz
So rough and so thin
ten-wheeled, wide turn trucks
sacrifice to the abyss…
Destined to drop within.
But on these brave men cruise
outside tires grinding
at the creeping soil’s edge
the others half-way stuck in mud
along the cliff of life and death.
And when they see a bus before them
Go careening off the side
Tumbling into the canyon
Limbs flying in familiar blur
They cross themselves, look to the sky, and mutter
“Mi vida está in tus manos”
And sail around the curve.
So you want to meet a soldier?
Look not to the trench.
Find a man who daily drives
On the road of death.
this road is notorious and certain tour companies offer "trips" down it, also cycle tours the road is single width in places with sheer drops of 1000ft hundred of people have died on this road
Its Not a thill its MADNESS
PLEASE DONT DO IT
I haven't included a photo as i dont want to encourage anyone
Try the alterenative road to Chacaltaya not the same spectacular route, but at least you can enjoy it
Unfortuanately my stay in La Paz was short and I did not get a chance to do this (still regretting it!!) But while in La Paz you can contact a company to take you on a mountain bike excursion down the worlds most dangerous highway (avg 1 death each day!!) The ride is around 75 km down a mountain and it supposed to be spectacular!!!
The next day, I biked down 70 kilometers on the infamous Death Road. It was 2 Britts, Eddy the Guide, and me battling down the most dangerous road on Earth! The road was coined the Death Road back in 1997 because a study determined that it was the most dangerous road on Earth. In fact, there is at least one fatal accident per month! We started up high at El Charro at an altitude of 4700 meters above sea level and finish down below near Coroico. The weather and vegetation changed drastically from a tundra like system above (it was actually snowing when we started) to the jungle-type forest below (sunny and hot when we finished). More information on my Coroico page.
let's go to Coroico-the Yungas by bus, wonderful place to see, and it is the most dangerous road on earth...
Other places to visit : Moon Valley, Chacaltaya, la muela del Diablo, Valley Sorata, les Yungas, Rurrenabaque...