THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD
This adventure of a lifetime begins early morning with pick up from your ho(s)tel by our private van along with our guide(s) who will be in charge of your safety and fun for the day.
Drive out of the city for about 1 hour into the highest point of the tour known as “La Cumbre” or The Summit at 4.700 meters of elevation. At this place, the first thing you’ll notice is amazing scenery surrounded by snow-capped mountains and a magnificent emerald-blue lake which make this place a perfect lookout to begin the tour. Here you will be provided with your mountain bike and all the necessary safety gear you will need (full-face helmet, body guards, jacket, gloves).
After an exhaustive safety briefing by the guide in charge, you will have the chance to get comfortable and acquainted with your mountain bike. Once that’s done, we will be ready to plunge down the World’s Most Dangerous Road.
The first section of the road (approx. 45 mins.) is quite smooth as it is done on paved, tarmac highway. You share the road with motor vehicles so stay on your right side and enjoy plenty of opportunity to take in the stunning views of cragged peaks and endless valleys of the Andes with the lush Yungas (rainforest) down below.
After a short break in the van (small uphill section) we find ourselves at the starting point of what is officially known as the World’s Most Dangerous Road a.k.a Death Road. This is a 2-4 meter dirt/gravel road that zigzags for about 40 Km. next to massive cliffs on one side and an impressive mountain on the other. It owes its infamous name to the sheer number of deaths it claimed from traffic accidents (mostly buses and trucks/lorries falling off the road into the abyss in the past). In the present, this stretch of road has been replaced by a newer, safer road (that we will take to get back to La Paz) which is located on the other side of the valley.
From here on, it’s a road ‘almost’ only for ourselves. Your guide will lead you safely down this road enjoying a warmer climate and lush surroundings. As we ride our bikes downhill, the scenery progressively becomes lusher and the climate warmer. We pass through waterfalls, bends and lookout points in order to enjoy our incredible surroundings including high mountains, lush valleys, coca fields, fruit fields, farming fields and birdlife.
By approximately the 5th hour, we’ll have arrived at the bottom of the valley in a town called “Yolosa” for a well-deserved beer or cold drink. We now head over to our designated hotel to enjoy a much-needed lunch before enjoying some ‘me’ time in this pleasant climate. After this we climb back aboard our van to begin our drive back to downtown La Paz (approx. 3 hrs) through the new road. Arrive between 6-8pm approximately.
- Mountain bike - Double suspension with hydraulic brakes
- Transport – private van following the group all day long
- Safety gear - Full-face helmet, gloves, knee and elbow guards/pads, polyester jacket
- Buffet lunch - Vegetarian options also available
- Snacks - Chocolate bar, fruit, yogurt, bottled water
- Guide - Experienced, mechanic
- FREE t-shirt and CD with photos from the ride
What’s NOT included:
- WMDR admission fee – 25 Bolivianos
- Alcoholic beverages
- Optional tips
Please do not forget to bring and must have:
- Effective sunscreen
- At least one warm layer/jacket/windbreaker for the beginning of the ride which can be cold
- Extra pair of socks and shoes (optional) OR sandals/flip flops
- Exact change to pay for your Death Road admission fee and for other expenses (drinks, etc. view “What’s Included tab)
- Appropriate travel insurance that covers mountain biking and/or other adventure sports
MAYHEM ADVENTURES in coordination with ZURICH BOLIVIA (insurance providers) offers its clientele insurance if required by our customers. Please enquire if you require insurance. You will not be allowed to ride if you are not able to show proof of appropriate travel insurance.