Truth be told, the road that you’re about the see isn’t just one of the world’s most dangerous mountain biking paths; it also happens to be the most dangerous road in the world. In fact, you’ve probably seen it on television, as it’s been featured on shows like Top Gear and Ice Road Truckers.
It’s called the Yungas Road, and it’s located in Bolvia, stretching about 43 miles from the town of La Paz to Coroico. For the most part, the road is one single lane, along which cars and trucks make their ways every day, and not always for the best. Monsoon rains can sometimes cause parts of the road to become washed out, and landslides and fallings rocks are an omnipresent threat. This is part of the reason that some estimate nearly 300 people meet their ends on this road every year.
So, why does such a dangerous road appeal to mountain bikers? The answer is simple. Most of the road is downhill and the views are absolutely stunning. So, if you think you’re the kind of mountain biker that doesn’t mind taking your life in your hands, then come check out these 15 stunning photos of Yungas Road!
1. That’s an Understatement
This roadside indicates that the path ahead is winding… That’s the understatement of the century!
2. Bad Weather
It’s not just the road itself that poses a danger to mountain bikers and travellers. It’s the elements, which can be and often are inhospitable.
Think the drivers are bad where you come from? Try dealing with the cars and trucks along Yungas Road!
4. Are You Up For It?
We’ll be covering more of the dangers you’ll encounter later, but if you’ve got nerves of steel on your mountain bike (and a helmet), then you’re good to go!
5. No Guardrail
You may have already noticed that there’s no guardrail in any of the pictures you’ve seen. Well, don’t expect any, because there aren’t any!