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El Camino de la Muerte

It's not often we recommend that you don't go somewhere, but we think this may be a very good place to steer well clear of. Even if you are a seasoned LA freeway driver, this road in Bolivia may give you the heebeegeebees. Blessed with the rather ominous title of the 'World's Most Dangerous Road' by the Inter-American Development Bank in 1995, North Yungas Road is also known as 'El Camino de la Muerte' (The Road of Death or Death Road).

Yungas RoadLa Paz to Coroico, and is made up of almost 70km of perilous hairpin curves. It's estimated that some 200-300 travelers die there every year, and many of the deaths are marked by memorial crosses along the way. The road itself is only three meters wide, and in the rainy season becomes a slippery mud strip, with no guard rails to stop you plunging down the dropoffs into the abyss below.

The funny thing is, that far from discouraging people from using it, this infamy has made Yungas Road into a major tourist attraction, especially with mountain bikers. As they say in Yorkshire, there's nowt as queer as folk. RM

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  • Catherine Burchmore

    August 15, 2012

    I went down this road to Coroico twice in 1994 and I think if I had bothered to research its history (as far as fatalities were concerned) I probably wouldn’t have gone down there. However the lure of the beautiful village (I am sure thats all it was then)of Coroico was my motivation. I went down in a mini bus from La Paz and I yes it was certainly the white knucle ride it is portrayed as. Just hope the guys that used to drive down there for a living survived!

  • LoneStarAsh

    April 25, 2009

    If they will ever show it again, the History Channel filmed one man determined to drive the Death Road the way a local do it. First one needs transportation. He did what the locals do…he bought a 9 or 10 yr old Japanese car and had it ‘outfitted’ to drive there which meant rigging the steering wheel to the right side of the car…and I do mean rig….strips cut from worthless tires was one of the main components for the redo. Then he bought a bottle of liquor to pour on the pitiful tires to satisfy some saint. Then there was the bribe for the guards one must pass to have access to the world’s most dangerous ‘road’. You will sit on the edge of your seat watching this one hour documentary

  • joost

    April 9, 2009

    The ‘old road’ is now mostly used by bikers only, there is a safer asphalted alternative road now to Coroico. Check the link for more info on Coroico

  • Pablo Paz

    January 4, 2009

    The best ride on the death road!!

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