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).
La 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