Death Road in Bolivia, also known as Yungas Road, is said to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world! As scary as it may sound, mountain biking down Death Road Bolivia was one of the best experiences I had while I was backpacking Bolivia.
After surviving the Death Road Bolivia Tour, I have put together this guide including everything you need to know about biking Death Road Bolivia before you go!
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WHERE IS DEATH ROAD IN BOLIVIA
Death Road, or Yungas Road, is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from La Paz, Bolivia’s 3rd largest city.
The altitude at Death Road in Bolivia is 4,650 meters above sea level in the Yungas Mountain Region.
WHERE TO BOOK A DEATH ROAD BOLIVIA TOUR
There are dozens of biking tours that operate on Death Road Bolivia which can be booked at one of the many tourist offices in La Paz.
I personally booked my Death Road Bolivia Tour with Madre Tierra Travel, an adventure tour company that offers dozens of tours throughout South America.
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Death Road in Bolivia
Death Road in Bolivia
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Although Death Road in Bolivia is one of the most dangerous roads in the world, not once did I feel like I was going to fall over the edge as the gravel road is quite wide and in my opinion, it is not as sketchy as you may think.
Also, since a new highway has been constructed, La Paz Death Road is now only used for recreational mountain biking activities, so you won’t have to worry about dodging cars or other vehicles while biking Death Road Bolivia.
The cycle route is approximately 80kms which takes around four to five hours from start to finish. The majority of the Death Road Bolivia Tour is all downhill with some flat sections.
Bolivia Death Road Tours include hotel pick up and drop off, breakfast and buffet lunch, all equipment such as mountain bikes, helmets, shin pads and elbow pads, gloves, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants and a tour guide.
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The starting point of Death Road in Bolivia
It begins – Death Road Bolivia Tour
WHAT TO EXPECT AT DEATH ROAD IN BOLIVIA
Once you’re all geared up with your mountain bike and other equipment the Death Road Bolivia tour guide will firstly give everyone a very important safety briefing so be sure to listen carefully and then it’s time to finally hit the road!
The first part of the route towards North Yungas Road is a 20km cycle down the newly constructed highway so that everyone can get familiar with their bikes.
Do note that cars and other vehicles use this road so you must stick to one side, allowing them to overtake.
If you feel comfortable enough to shift your gaze off the road you’ll be able to see the incredible Andes mountain ranges and the Cordillera Real.
After about an hour of downhill riding on the tar sealed road, the tour stops at a security checkpoint and this is where you’ll take a short rest for breakfast and refreshments.
The tour guides will then throw all the bikes back on top of the van for a further ten-minute drive uphill to the official starting point of Death Road Bolivia.
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The starting point of Death Road in Bolivia
Death Road La Paz
MY EXPERIENCE BIKING DEATH ROAD BOLIVIA
At the very top of Death Road Bolivia, we were engulfed in a thick cloud for the first thirty minutes of downhill riding. The lower we got on the trail the clearer it became as the cloud started to disperse, revealing the jungle and surrounding mountain ranges.
We stopped half a dozen times along the trail to take photos at some incredible viewpoints and cascading waterfalls that gush over the road.
There were the odd pothole and larger rocks that I had to avoid while biking Death Road Bolivia though all in all, it was the most scenic mountain bike ride I have ever been on!
I must admit, when I arrived at the finishing point of the Death Road Tour Bolivia I was grateful to have survived this once in a lifetime experience.
Although I found it fun, exciting and easy to cycle down the most dangerous road in the world, for some it results in injury or death.
My advice is only to book a Death Road Bolivia Tour if you are a competent rider and comfortable with heights.
At the end of the tour, our guide handed out t-shirts to us all that stated ‘Death Road Survivor’. We wore our t-shirts with pride as we sat down to lunch at the restaurant and later a refreshing swim in the pool was more than rewarding!
Waterfalls on Death Road in Bolivia
Death Road La Paz
Death Road Survivor
Not a bad way to end the Death Road Bolivia Tour
LA PAZ ACCOMMODATION
La Paz has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorite places to stay in La Paz to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Tecno Boutique Hotel
Tecno Boutique Hotel, a modern 5-star hotel centrally located in La Paz, provides air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV’s and private bathrooms, a fitness center, hot tub, sauna, in-house restaurant, room service and free WiFi. A buffet breakfast is also included with the room. Perfect for travelers with a larger budget.
Mid Range: Selina La Paz
Selina La Paz is perfect for families, couples and solo travelers! Great location in La Paz offering double, triple and dormitory rooms at an affordable price. Selina also features a billiards table, in-house restaurant and bar for all guests. This is a 3-star accommodation.
Budget: The Rooftop Bolivia
The Rooftop Bolivia is rated one of the best accommodations in La Paz for budget travelers. Featuring a bar, shared lounge, city views, restaurant, shared kitchen, free wifi and a nightclub! The Rooftop has dorms and private rooms available and breakfast is included.
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DEATH ROAD IN BOLIVIA MAP
Another option for accommodation in Bolivia is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BOLIVIA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF DEATH ROAD IN BOLIVIA
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