Worlds Most Dangerous Road (La Paz to Corioco) Mountain Biking

Starting in La Cumbre, the Worlds Most Dangerous Road is a 11,400 feet descent over 40+ miles into the Yungas (Amazon headwaters). To reach the kickoff point, take a mini-buss from Villa Fatima in La Paz to La Cumbre at 15,400, where there are fantastic views of snow-covered peaks, including Huayna Potosi (19,973 ).

The mountain bike ride begins with a rapid descent down a twisting road past massive mountain peaks, grazing llamas and alpacas, villages and a drug check-post. After a rolling section of road, the route enters the jungle and the most challenging section starts.

This infamous narrow and unsurfaced road is cut precariously into the

side of the hill and descends 6500. With sheer drops of over 3,000 to the left roadside and cascading falls coming from rock overhangs on the right, continue riding through the mist and low clouds. Keep a watchful eye on oncoming traffic.

Before arriving in Yolosa (3,600), the mountain bike ride becomes progressively hotter and dustier. Continue riding to the finish at Coroico (5,250).

While on adventure in Bolivia, it is important to keep in mind your own personal safety. Keep an eye out for pickpockets and be aware that it wouldn't be uncommon to have a theft in your room while you are sleeping. This is especially important since the passport/visa replacement process is complex, lengthy and costly.

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Local Contact(s):  Explore Bolivia (303) 708-8810; Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking, (591-2) 374-204; Bicicar Trek Cycles, La Paz (591) 2-77-22-17.

Best Season:  Mar. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Hardcore

Base Camp:  El Carretero Hostel (591) 2-322-233; Happy Days Hostel; Hostel Naira

Luxury Loding:  El Rey Palace Hotel (591) 2-393-016; Hotel Gloria, La Paz

Breakfast Restaurant:  Cafe Alexander; British Council Cafe

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Date Updated:  7/19/2016

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