Bolivia’s Death Road – Tips to Survive

Posted by on August 21, 2012

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Do you love biking? Then it is time to take the adventure to the next level and take a ride at Bolivia’s Death Road. This is the most dangerous landscape in the world. The 40 mile down hill road is referred to as Old Road. The locals blessed it with the name Death Road. This is something that should be taken literally. The road was constructed in 1932 for the war prisoners from Paraguay. Prior to 2006, it connected La Paz to the rain forest. For the past few years the statistics show that about 25 cars and 2 bikes fell off the cliff every year. This is due to the rough terrain and narrow road. Literally there is no space where you can maneuver.  The trails are surrounded with memorials for those who have lost their lives on the road. The most famous spot is The Balcony where several government officials died in the area.

Bolivia's death road

Bolivia’s death road

The death road misty

The death road misty

If you happen to look over the steep valley which is not advisable, there are still buses found that fell on the edge.  When you read the tales of people who passed by the road, you will be anxious and scared taking a ride on the death road. Although the Death Road is safer now, it is still dangerous and accidents still happen. It is best to choose a good tour operator if you are planning to go biking. The bikes should be of high quality and make sure that they are tested.

A van on the edge of Bolivia's death road

A van on the edge of Bolivia’s death road

The scary death road

The scary death road

A good company is usually accompanied by a van that is standing nearby in case anyone can’t complete the whole journey. The first part of the journey entails driving on the highway called Unduavi. This will serve as an entry point. From this area, the road gets rocky. This is a place where you could lose control of your bike and there are no guard rails that can save you. It is best to relax and enjoy the scenery.  Be sure to get ready for sharp turns, downhill area and dangerous corners.

Cycling on the edge of the death road

Cycling on the edge of the death road

Bikers staring death at Bolivia's Death Road

Bikers staring death at Bolivia’s Death Road

If you want to survive then stay away from the edges and keep control of your bike. Along the Death Road, you will pass by villages, mountains sceneries and waterfalls. The last minutes of the journey is a mixture of mud, dirt and rocks. After you complete the tour, you will be rewarded as you will find the tropical theme hotel that serves buffet. You can take a dip at the pool or just relax in the tropical setting. The experience is once in a lifetime. Make sure to choose the right tour guide that would enhance your whole trip to the Death Road.

Bolivia's death road view

Bolivia’s death road view

Bikers focusing on the rocky road

Bikers focusing on the rocky road

 

Death road photo 1: Henry Boogert, Death road photo 2: Rafael Chiti, Death road photo 3: Ken Beth, Death road photo 4: TW5011, Death road photo 5 & 8: bobsyouruncle42, Death road photo 6: Andrew Waddington, Death road photo 7: Project Helping Hands,

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