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Bolivian Highway....Slow way up, but there IS a quick way down!

 

Bolivian Highway....Slow way up, but there IS a quick way down!

(For another crazy highway see http://www.geargather.org/profiles/blogs/crazy-highway-in-norway-my...)

North Yungas Road (also known as  Road of Death, Grove's Road, Coroico Road, Camino de las yungas, El Camino de la Muerte, Death Road) is 38 miles of treacherous switchbacks, narrow passing and hard to believe passing areas usually without side rails of any sort.  It earns it's moniker as "The world's most dangerous road" by killing 200-300 people PER YEAR along it's 38-43 miles.  Drivers pass crosses marking many of the spots where vehicles have fallen.

The most dangerous sections have been rebuilt and covered with asphalt, but the old road still exists for those crazy enough to prefer that route.

Not so bad when you are going single file at a reasonable speed, right?

 

Below is one of the waterfalls that crosses the road.

 

Things get a little more hairy when you meet someone coming the other way!


The driver that will have the best view of the outside edge must always take the outside route....so you get to look RIGHT over the cliffside.

The San Juan section...rough, unpaved, no guard rail.  And it suffers frequent washouts and landslides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In some areas there are small tunnels blasted out of the rock.  Small comfort.


And the Top Gear crew try a live drive...   Note..best bit starts at about 6:23 mark in video.

It is the very danger itself that has made this road a tourist attraction.  It draws over 25,000 tourists a year...many of them take one of the tours offered to mountain bikers.   Even for cyclists this is a dangerous trek...it is estimated 18-20 have died while taking the route.

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Tags: Bolivian Highway, Driving in Bolivia, Road of Death, Yungas Road

Comment by Timothy C on December 21, 2010 at 9:25am

Nothing wider than a bike or motorcycle for me on this one, thanks.

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