The Death Road

In La Paz, we had the option of riding North Yungas Road, aka The Death Road. Its a road out of La Paz which connects the city to the Amazon rain forest. Biking starts about 20km out of La Paz at La Cumbre Pass which is at 4700m. You then have 20km of paved downhill road, then you put the bikes back on the bus for an 8km uphill section, then you have a bit over 40km of gravel downhill track ending up in the Amazon rain forest at 1000m. So a vertical drop of over 3.5km spread over 69km horizontally

The gravel section, luckily is now closed to most traffic. You'll most likely only encounter other cyclists and their support vehicles. This is good because the road is only about 3m wide in places with a drop of up to 600m on one side. Safety rails? What are they?

When we did it, we started in the snow. It was wet, cold and not very pleasent biking weather. Some five hours later we were swimming in the hot tropics.

If you're every there, do it. It is spectacular. I personally would recommend against going flat out, chill and take your time and enjoy the view, but don't pay too much attention to it, some of the cliffs come up fast.

We did our tour with Overdose Bolivia who I would recommend. The bikes were good, the equipment was good, they were all very professional, but also a lot of fun. Plus you get a t-shirt at the end. The photos and videos on this page were done by then


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