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DOWNHILL / WORLD MOST DANGEROUS ROAD

The road was built in the 1930s during the Chaco War by Paraguayan prisoners. It is one of the few routes that connects the Amazon rainforest region of northern Bolivia, or Yungas, to its capital city. Upon leaving La Paz , the road first ascends to around 4,650 metres (15,260 ft) at La Cumbre Pass, before descending to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) at the town of Coroico, transiting quickly from cool Altiplano terrain to rainforest as it winds through very steep hillsides and atop cliffs.

Because of the extreme dropoffs of at least 600 metres (2,000 ft), single-lane width – most of the road no wider than 3.2 metres (10 ft) and lack of guard rails , the road is extremely dangerous. Further still, rain , fog and dust can make visibility precarious. In many places the road surface is muddy, and can loosen rocks from the road.

One of the local road rules specifies that the downhill driver never has the right of way and must move to the outer edge of the road. This forces fast vehicles to stop so that passing can be negotiated safely. Also, vehicles drive on the left , as opposed to the right like the rest of Bolivia. This gives a left hand drive vehicle's driver a better view over his outside wheel, making passing safer.



The danger of the road ironically made it a popular tourist destination starting in the 1990s, drawing some 25,000 thrillseekers . Mountain biking enthusiasts in particular have made it a favourite destination for downhill biking since there is a 64-kilometre (40 mi) stretch of continuous downhill riding with only one short uphill section.

The La Paz-Coroico highroad was modernized during a 20 year period ending in 2006. The modernization included enlarging the carriageway from one to two lanes, constructing asphalt pavement, and building a new section between Chusquipata and Yolosa, bypassing to the north one of the most dangerous sections of the old 'Death Road'.

This new route features modern construction ( bridges , drainage , etc.), multiple lanes, pavement, guardrails and many other elements that make it considerably safer than the original route. As a result, the original North Yungas Road is currently much less used by traffic, although an increasing number of adventure travelers bike it for the thrills.

 
 

ITINERARY

Traditionally, the ride down to the World’s Most Dangerous Road splits into 2 parts: One section on paved road and the final and challenging section on a narrow 4x4 road. The name of this ride derives from this second part denomination.

The fast first part is worthy to ride on but many would like to enjoy instead a ride on the old road to Coroico before entering to the exciting second part. Just think on changing paved to dirt 4x4 road, riding on a car-free road and looking at some of the awesomest and undiscovered Bolivian landscapes
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Then, enter to the WMDR and conquer their blind corners and twisted narrow sections. Feel how a waterfall drops on you. Breathe clean air. Ride amidst butterflies and tropical flowers. There is just one World’s Most Dangerous Road and it is worthy trying it! 

OPTION 1
DEATH ROAD CONQUEROR( Standard)


Total descent: more than 3,550 mts/11,647 feet
Total Ride distance: 63 Km/39.06 miles
Ecoregions gone through: Highland Puna habitat, montane cloud forest, evergreen cloud forest, tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf and other types of ever green forest.
Ability Guide: Level 1, suitable for every level of rider (Possible for confident beginners) average fitness and above.
Kind of terrain: 50% Paved Road - 50% 4x4 Dirt Road
Downhill Percent: 85%
Average duration of tour: 13 hours
Average duration of ride: 4 1/2 - 6 hours (From La Cumbre to Yolosa)
Drive back from Coroico to La Paz: 3½ to 4 hours

Day 1
Breakfast and meeting in the office.  Transfer in vehicle to La Cumbre where the descent begins. The first part (asphalt) ends in the village of Unduavi. Transfer to Chuspipata where the second descent began. Snack during the tour. Arrival and transfer to Coroico to relax in the pool and lunch. In the late afternoon return to La Paz.

OPTION 2
DEATH ROADDOWNHILL DELIRIUM(technical)


Total descent: more than 3,800 mts/12,650 feet
Total Ride distance: 54 Km/35 miles
Ecoregions gone through: Highland Puna habitat, montane cloud forest, evergreen cloud forest, tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf and other types of ever green forest.
Ability Guide: Level 2, suitable for intermediate riders average fitness and above.
Kind of terrain: 100% 4x4 Dirt Road
Downhill Percent: 92%
Average duration of tour: 13 hours
Average duration of ride: 5 - 6 hours (From La Cumbre to Yolosa)
Drive back from Coroico to La Paz: 3½ to 4 hours

Day 1
Breakfast and meeting in the office. Departure in vehicle to La Cumbre where the descent begins. The first part ends in the village of Old Unduavi, transfer and regrouping and exit in vehicle to Chuspipata where the second part of descent began. Snack during the tour. Arrival and transfer to Coroico by car to relax in the pool and lunch. In the late afternoon return to La Paz.

 

INCLUDED
NOT INCLUDED

- Riding on professional full suspension bicycles with hydraulic disk brakes
- Well named brand certified Full Face helmet, full finger downhill gloves, thermal gloves, reflective safety vest, rain jacket and pants, goggles and knee guards.
- Professional guides coaching and supervising the group along the route (max 1 guide to 5 clients)
- Support vehicle safeguarding the group all through the excursion
- Breakfast
- Water and two snacks, provided on the route.
- Lunch with salad bar, shower (a medium size towel and shampoo sachet are provided) and swimming pool at the hotel.
- Beverages or drinks are not included
- B-side DEATH ROAD Conqueror T-shirt
- A CD including the tour photos and videos & B-side - Bonus

- The entrance ticket to the WMDR (4 USD)
- tips
- drinks
- Lodging and diner

RECOMMENDATIONS
Bring: sun block, hat, light clothes, swimwear, sun glases, repelent.


 

 

 

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